Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

The Cantopop queen showed off her multiple sides at last night’s ‘Touch Mi World Tour’ show in Singapore

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Photos: ONE Production / Marcus Lin
Videos: Teng Siew Eng

After 25 years in showbiz, during which she established herself as one of the reigning queens in Cantopop, Sammi Cheng has still got it – and, she’s as down-to-earth and charming as ever.

Her Touch Mi World Tour gig at the Singapore Indoor Stadium last night was, as usual, an elaborate spectacle filled with stages, sights and sounds that have to be witnessed to be believed. For over two hours, the soon-to-be-43-year-old (her birthday falls on the 19th this month) constantly switched between high-octane dance tracks and heart-wrenching ballads with great skill and finesse.

The set-list comprised mostly Cantonese tunes, including beloved singles like ‘She Bu De Ni’, ‘Zhong Shen Mei Li’ and ‘Fang Bu Di’, but there were a few Mandarin ones and even an English cover in the mix to spice things up: ‘Chu Jie’ and ‘Ji De’ (yes, the A-Mei classic) were two of the most well-received songs of the night, with many of the 8,000 concertgoers singing and swaying along, and her rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, accompanied with a stunning LCD backdrop of an elaborate cathedral hall, sent chills up and down our spines.

And then there were the costumes. Sammi and her backup dance troupe made a number of outfit changes throughout the night, and they were all wonderfully over-the-top, doused in sequins, crystals, bright colours and other eye-catching details. A few of her wardrobe choices were even revealing enough – but not too provocative – to flaunt her fit and fab figure, something even she couldn’t resist commenting on at one point. “Do I have a good body?” she cheekily asked, as her admirers screamed their approval in response.

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Sammi and C Allstar's Kenny Chan
Sammi and C Allstar's Kenny Chan
02 Aug 2015

Sammi and C Allstar's Kenny Chan

Sammi wasn’t the only Hong Kong star we saw during the evening. Halfway through the concert, she invited C Allstar vocalist Kenny Chan (also known as On Zai) on stage for a duet, after which she retreated backstage to get ready for her next set as he revelled in the spotlight with his band’s smash hit ‘Tian Ti’.

Another one of the intervals featured a video montage of messages (some of which incited more chuckles from the crowd) from some of the biggest names in the industry such as Andy Lau, Eason Chan, Louis Koo, Jerry Lamb, and other famous folks Sammi has worked with before in her other thriving career as an actress. (We’ll be honest: we were hoping for something from hubby Andy Hui, but he was nowhere in sight.)

While everything we’ve mentioned so far was nothing short of thoroughly entertaining, half the show’s fun was in Sammi’s bantering, which left audiences in stitches multiple times. From complaining about how thin the char siu (barbecued pork) in Singapore is, to making quips about her clothes and sky-high heels, Sammi’s conversations (carried out almost entirely in Cantonese) made the show feel intimate despite its grand setup.

But her level of audience interaction didn’t stop there. Near the end of the showcase, Sammi made her way down to the floor, extending her magic touch to lucky fans in the front rows.

We’re sure that alone was more than worth it for those who waited five long years to see their cherished chanteuse live in action.

Click through for more pictures from Sammi Cheng’s Touch Mi World Tour Singapore stop:

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Touched by an angel: Sammi opened the show wearing a pair of dramatic black wings.

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi and her backup dancers in one of their many eye-catching costumes of the night.

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi gets up close and personal with lucky fans in the front rows.

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Can you believe she's in her 40s? Sammi showed off her toned body in a number of fitting, revealing pieces.

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’
02 Aug 2015

Sammi Cheng: the diva with the magic ‘Touch’

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