guess ya already know much bout f4...
5566 yung mga bida ng pantapat ng channel 7 sa meteor garden...
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Unlikely stars make F4 sweet
By Chang May Choon
THEY made the most unlikely idols. A passe Hokkien pop star, a forgotten boyband member, a former national soccer hero and two unknown faces.
But, combined, they have enough boyband horsepower to make F4 sweat.
Say hi to 5566, the latest pop sensation hailing from the land of pretty boys.
If you're scratching your head and wondering, 'Is that a 4D number?', you're not alone.
Yet the dauntless quintet, who catapulted to fame on the strength of the idol drama, My MVP Valentine, has declared war on F4 by releasing its debut album two weeks before the latter's sophomore outing.
The result? Shocking.
While F4 is busy serenading fanatical fans in Hong Kong and China, 5566 is quietly hogging the No 1 spot on Taiwan's CD sales chart.
In just two weeks, it has sold over 100,000 copies of its first album - titled, er, First Album.
F4's Fantasy 4 Ever, however, only made it to No 3, despite pre-sale orders of 30,000 copies.
Here in Singapore, the two pop groups are also locked in a neck-to-neck battle.
F4 made its debut at No 3 on the Recording Industry Association Singapore CD sales chart last week, one notch above 5566.
Their respective soundtracks - F4's Meteor Garden II and 5566's My MVP Valentine - are tied at ninth position.
So how did 5566 manage to rock F4's boat?
After all, the quintet, which was discovered by SET TV, was hardly in the news as a result of competition among rival TV stations.
But despite the lack of media exposure, their talents shone through.
5566, which comprises Tony Sun, Zac Wang, Jason Hsu, Sam Wang and Rio Pang, has proven that it lives up to its name.
FIVE GUYS, SIX TALENTS
Basically they are five guys with six talents - namely singing, acting, dancing, hosting, modeling and slamdunking - which has earned them the respect of many fans.
Touted as Taiwan's answer to Japan's oldest boyband Smap, the party of five has also become the role model for showbiz wanabes.
Mr James Kang, regional marketing and promotions manager for Music Street, which distributes 5566's album, said: '5566 represents the various ideals of young people.
'It demonstrates that a well-rounded array of talents is necessary to hit the big time.'
Meanwhile, F4's Jerry Yan, Vic Zhou, Ken Zhu and Vanness Wu have yet to convince critics that they can hold a tune.
Dancing-wise, only the US-born Vanness can move to the groove.
The others are either transfixed to the ground or sway their bodies like stiff robots.
Hosting? Don't even think about it. The last we saw them on TV, the guys were just too tongue-tied.
5566's wacky Zac and goofy Jason, however, managed to turn the ratings of Showbiz around and make it the most popular entertainment programme in Taiwan.
They have a big following, which includes many loyal Singaporeans who tune in to the programme shown on Channel U every morning.
Unlike F4, who drive mostly pubescent girls crazy, 5566 appeals to both guys and girls.
In fact, the president of its official fan club in Taiwan is as macho as his idols.
Singaporean Ms Karen Chan, an administrator in her 20s, is such a big fan of Tony's that she set up a website dedicated to him and flew to Taipei recently to attend 5566's press conference.
'Each of the guys sings very well, and each has his own style,' she told The New Paper.
'They are really all-rounded. Not many groups are like them.'
Comparisons aside, is 5566 feeling the heat of competing with F4?
Tony, who leads the group, said: 'Healthy competition among groups is okay.'
Will he still be so chirpy if F4 catches up in time to come?
Wait and see.
WHO'S WHO IN 5566
Tony Sun, 24
Leader of the group, but shortest of all. Plays the hero in My MVP Valentine. First tasted fame in his late teens when he released a string of rather popular Hokkien albums.
Known to be besotted with J-pop cutie Kyoko Fukada. She apparently asked for his handphone number but didn't call him.
Zac Wang, 22
Arguably the best singer in the group. Also the wacky host of Showbiz, Taiwan's top-rated entertainment news programme.
Once slammed the four Hong Kong Heavenly Kings, saying 'their music is like child's play'.
Known to be wild and hyperactive.
Rio Pang, 24
Rapper of the group.
Nicknamed Xiao Dao (literally Little Knife), the film student once worked alongside famed directors like Taiwan's Hou Hsiao Hsien and Hong Kong's Wong Kar Wai.
Said to be wooing R&B songbird Evonne Hsu. Apparently Tony had instigated him to.
Sam Wang, 26
The oldest and most all-rounded member. Plays the nasty baddie in My MVP Valentine.
Was a national soccer star in high school, then grew up to become one of Taiwan's top fashion models. Hosts a reality TV show that takes him on countless adventures in China.
Jason Hsu, 17
The baby of the group. Juggles studying (in high school) and hosting Showbiz.
Discovered as a model when he was in kindergarten - and shot four commercials at one go. What's amazing is that he once tipped the scales at 110kg, but shed the extra kilos when he started dancing.