Cantopop singer tells Sophia Lam about the theme of her upcoming concert, Hong Kong’s obsession with “goddesses,” and reveals her secret talent.
Originally I wanted to name it “Joyce Cheng: I Have a Problem”, but then the company thought adding in “goddess” sounds more interesting, so whatever. I really love the double meaning in this— it can be an inquisition, but it can also mean “something’s wrong with me.” I want to let people know that it’s OK not to be OK.
I don’t think it’s a good thing. Before my song “Goddess,” I thought a girl had to be perfect—tall and skinny with huge boobs, a firm butt and big eyes—to be a “goddess.” But now the term has been abused to an extent that you feel there’s something wrong with you if you don’t fit those qualities. Which is why I hope to redefine the term with my song, by telling people everyone is born as a goddess; it’s just that we forget how to appreciate ourselves as we grow up.
It was last night [starts singing “We Don’t Talk Anymore”].
This one time I was going to receive an award for my song “Thin Enough?”—it was my first dance song. At the high point of the song,
I kicked my leg up and my jumpsuit ripped at the, uh, crotch-slash-butt area. I was wearing black underwear though, and the jumpsuit was black so you couldn’t really tell...
The steady hum of a really cold air-conditioner—I know it’s so not eco-friendly, but my hair won’t have it any other way.
I can burp really, really loudly. It’s like a rumble, like a roar. I can’t do it on command though, but when I do burp, it’s like YOU’LL KNOW.
It was last night, when I was Facetiming my best friend Alfred and we were pretending to la-a-ag. It was really stupid but super fun.
Catch Joyce Cheng in “Goddess Has a Problem” on Oct 21-22, 8:30pm at Star Hall, KITEC, 1 Trademart Drive, Kowloon Bay, $280-580 from hkticketing.com
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