PETALING JAYA: Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung turned down a nine-figure sum (at least RM64.6mil) to be a coach on a singing reality TV show, saying that he was “not qualified” for the task, Sin Chew Daily reported.
Cheung, who is known as the God of Songs, explained why he declined the offer during a recent interview on the talk show, We Love This Place.
“First of all, I don’t know how. I started my career by entering singing competitions, so I know first-hand that competitions are not easy. Anyone who is brave enough to perform on stage is amazing, even if they may not be a professional.
“So I do not have the heart to say ‘this is no good’ or ‘that is no good’. My heart will not be at ease,” he said.
In 1984, Cheung took part in the Amateur 18 Hong Kong district singing contest and emerged as the champion. The win kickstarted his career.
Today, he is regarded as one of the Four Heavenly Kings of Hong Kong pop music, together with Andy Lau, Aaron Kwok and Leon Lai.