TVB stars hold court at Ngee Ann City

Singer-songwriter Pakho Chau wowed with an emotional rendering of a ballad. Veteran Hong Kong stars who performed at the concert included Maria Cordero (above) and Nancy Sit (right).
Veteran Hong Kong stars who performed at the concert included Maria Cordero (above) and Nancy Sit.PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singer-songwriter Pakho Chau wowed with an emotional rendering of a ballad. Veteran Hong Kong stars who performed at the concert included Maria Cordero (above) and Nancy Sit (right).
Veteran Hong Kong stars who performed at the concert included Maria Cordero and Nancy Sit (above).PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO
Singer-songwriter Pakho Chau wowed with an emotional rendering of a ballad. Veteran Hong Kong stars who performed at the concert included Maria Cordero (above) and Nancy Sit (right).
Singer-songwriter Pakho Chau wowed with an emotional rendering of a ballad. PHOTO: LIANHE ZAOBAO

More than 20 Hong Kong celebrities received a rousing reception from a few hundred Singapore fans at Ngee Ann City's Civic Plaza last Saturday night.

Stars such as Ruco Chan, Kenneth Ma, Mayanne Mak and veteran actress Nancy Sit were among the 24 artists, managed by Hong Kong broadcaster TVB, who turned up.

Hong Kong-born, Singapore-raised Apple Chan, who starred in local director Jack Neo's Ah Boys To Men 4 (2017), was one of the hosts.

The actors and singers were lending their star wattage to the Singapore launch of TVB's big big channel, a multimedia platform that brings together broadcast television, online TV and social media.

There was a two-hour concert which featured powerhouse vocals, soulful ballads and slick dance choreography, as well as charming banter from the seasoned performers.

The event was free. Tickets were distributed upon successful registration as big big channel users.

Artists Vincent Wong, Pakho Chau and Hana Kuk were among those who wowed the crowd with their emotional rendering of love songs.

Meanwhile, the veterans, who are in their 60s, kept pace effortlessly with their younger colleagues, showcasing their enduring charisma.

Maria Cordero, affectionately known as Fei Ma (fat mum in Cantonese), for example, was resplendent in a long green dress with a glittering peacock design. She belted out a jazz number, switching from English to Cantonese to Mandarin without batting an eyelid as she got the audience to sing along.

TVB legend Sit teased actor Hui Shiu Hung, a fellow show-business veteran of decades, about how he looked so different now, while he quipped that he "matured early".

The fans showed their appreciation at the concert with cheers, whistles and lit-up placards with their idols' names.

Hoping for more personal contact, a group of supporters ran after some stars after it ended.

Ms Janice Loong, 21, was there as a fan of singer Chau.

"The concert was very good and there were so many artists there," says the hair salon assistant.

Ms Xiao Wei Ni, 50, who works in the retail industry, was there to support Ruco Chan as she liked his acting in TVB drama serials such as Brother's Keeper (2013).

She says he sang well at the concert and that the overall performances, staging and lighting were of "a good standard".

The big big channel app offers recorded videos and live-streaming by TVB artists and online celebrities from China, Japan, South Korea and Taiwan, giving fans around the world the opportunity to interact with their favourite stars.

The mobile app can be downloaded for free from the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

• For more information, go to www.bigbigchannel.com.hk/tc

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on March 12, 2018, with the headline 'TVB stars hold court at Ngee Ann City'. Print Edition | Subscribe