Hong Kong Cantopop group MIRROR’s popularity has been on the rise recently. They were formed in 2018 through ViuTV’s reality talent show. Of the twelve, their most notable members are Jeremy Lau (柳應廷) otherwise known as Jer and Keong To (姜涛).
Recently, Jer and Keong To’s popularity became a sticking point with netizens. Many argued that the MIRROR members had replaced Hong Kong singer Jacky Cheung (张学友). However, it may be well-deserved as Keong To’s hard working ethics recently made him faint during a meet-and-greet.
Jacky Cheung has been the long-reigning king of Cantopop and has been titled the “God of Songs”. His most recent performance was for the finale of Miss Hong Kong 2021 on 12th September. It was the first time in 20 years the “God of Songs” took to the stage for the pageant. Surprisingly, some netizens feel that the title should be conferred to Jer instead.
According to the brazen netizen, Jacky Cheung no longer possess impressive singing skills and instead requires props to put on a show. “Jer’s song on the other hand— his voice and interpretation paint a story for me,” they said. However, other netizens were quick to disagree. They argued that there was a generational difference between the two singers. “The standards will change as the years go on,” one said. “(Jer’s) strength needs to be honed further,” another opined.
Keong To was also brought into the argument when several netizens claimed the MIRROR member was more popular than Jacky. The boy group member later expressed his unhappiness at being compared with others. “It seems no one cares about the music I make. It seems I’m just a label to be compared to,” he wrote on his Instagram story. “(It’s always) whether I’m better than my teammates or someone else. I’m gradually being affected by this. I’m beginning to doubt the people around me and (my fans).”
Keong To’s misfortune didn’t end there unfortunately. As he was attending an event with three other members today (14th September), he suddenly passed out. The group had a shoot then a meet-and-greet at a mall. However, as he was greeting the fans, Keong To suddenly collapsed. The other members were quick to help him up and the security guards and staff ensured he left the site safely.
According to reports, Keong To looked nauseous as he was helped away by two security guards. Apparently, he had been working till 2am that morning, possibly depriving him of some well-needed rest. MIRROR’s agent later announced on their Instagram story that he was fine. “Keong To had a little stomachache this morning (which is why) he fell,” the agent said. “It’s okay to take a break now, so don’t worry. Keong promised to have a good rest the next two days.”
The “God of Songs” has not said anything in response to the petty argument, but Keong To clearly doesn’t appreciate the comparisons. He just wants acknowledgement for his best.
It can be hard giving your best each and everyday, so we hope he rests well and returns better than ever!