L-R: 1. Wang Peng Peng, 2. Gu Meng Ling, 3. Wan Mei Jia, 4. Tang Yan Qing, 5. Ma Yan, 6. Li Bi, 7. Huo Yan Jing, 8. Zhao Ying Ying
The eight mainland finalists from the earlier episodes of "Homeland Beauty" (aka ‘Landscapes & Beauties) appeared to meet the press in their swimwear yesterday ahead of this week’s final. However, before the photoshoot, there appeared to be a ‘battle of the elbows’ with Number 1 Wang Peng Peng and Number 8 Zhao Ying Ying winning on the elbow front and pushing the other contestants out of the way and covering their competitors with their elbows.
Number 4 Tang Yan Qing was the worst off as she was pushed to one side completely by the other contestants. However, she indicated that she did not mind and pointed out that if everyone put their hands on their hips, then the group photo would not look good. Number 8 Zhao Ying Ying indicated that she did not know she was covering Number 7 Huo Yan Jing and if she did, she was very sorry. She adds that Number 7 stood facing the wrong direction and she did not want to be obstructed, so she had to do this. She also says that she has had to adapt to this because they have not rehearsed together before, so there will be some minor problems. She believes that Number 7 will not be angry with her because they share a room and are good friends.
Number 6 Li Bi is lacking a little in height and in the official photos, it was found that she had not shaved her armpits. When she heard this, she immediately reacted strongly: "What? Really? That’s disgusting! I hope you don’t publish that photograph, I am young and naive." She says that she does usually shave her armpits and she will pay more attention to this in future.
The show will be hosted by Wong He and Ha Yu. Originally it was supposed to be Wong He and Bowie Lam, but there have been rumours that they have fallen out and Bowie has pulled out of the job because he allegedly could not stand Ah He for stopping him from eating meat and as a result Ha Yu was asked to step in.
Wong He responded to this yesterday with resignation. He said that the company told him that Bowie has other work in hand at the moment and so he will not be taking on this job. Asked if he has told people not to eat meat, Ah He says that he does eat meat, but just those animals are not killed for him or killed in front of him. He will eat this type of meat and he is not a vegetarian. As for what Bowie has said, is he angry? Ah He indicates that they have known each other for many years and they will be filming a long series together later, so of course he will not be angry and nor will he let this get between them. He says that there is no animoscity between them and so it is hard for him to respond.
Asked if he has spoken to Bowie about this, he says: "This is not an incident that I have caused, there is no misunderstanding betwen us and it is beyond our control. You should ask the person who created this gossip to talk about it." He does not believe that Bowie said what he is reported to have said.
As for constantly being reported as falling out with other people, Wong He says that this is news from a long time ago and he knows that people have this view of him that he is trying hard to change and he will work even harder to try and get on with everybody. As for the latest gossip, he feels this is like a recurring criminal and so the finger will be pointed at him even before things have been clarified. What difference is this to being left with a death sentence?