Hong Kong puts UK to shame with ‘extraordinary’ new gay dating show

Maggie Baska October 24, 2021
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A behind the scenes look at Hong Kong's first gay dating show Boyscation posted on the series' official Instagram account. (Instagram/@boyscation)

Hong Kong is getting its first-ever gay dating TV show, to be hosted by out actor Vinci Wong.

Boyscation will air on TVs in early November with Wong as both the producer and host of the new series, which is set to debut on Hong Kong broadcaster TVB’s J2 Channel. As well as hosting the show, Wong was personally involved in selecting Boyscation’s contestants.

The Straits Times reported the new show will feature 10 male contestants who are in their 20s to 30s and come from a variety of backgrounds. A chef, a swimming instructor and a university lecturer are all among the hopefuls looking for love on Boyscation.

Wong posted a picture on Instagram from the set of the new show. He wore a sharp-looking black suit and gold pocket square and held a champagne glass filled with probably something yummy.

“The most important chapter of my TV career,” Wong wrote. “The most extraordinary attempt in Hong Kong TV history.”


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Wong came out publicly as gay in 2013 and tied the knot with his longtime partner Kevin Chow in 2016.

Boyscation’s official Instagram account shared a video seemingly behind the scenes of the upcoming show. The video showed Wong surrounded by several men – presumably the contestants – dressed only in swimming trunks on a large aquatic craft in the middle of gorgeous blue waters.

Vinci Wong sits with a glass of some kind of celebratory drink in front of black background with the word Boyscation on it
Out actor Vinci Wong will produce and host Boyscation, Hong Kong’s first gay dating TV show. (Instagram/@mrvinciwong)

In an interview with the Oriental Daily News, Wong hoped the series will highlight the beauty of the LGBT+ community and help people in Hong Kong understand more about the queer community.

“I hope there will be more channels for the younger generation to express themselves and that more people will understand the community,” he said, the Straight Times reported.

Wong added: “I hope to do my part to help the community since I have the opportunity, experience, time and resources.”

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