October 20 — Hua Chenyu’s good friend and Superboy 2013 roommate Zuo Li is getting married to his eight-year girlfriend Xiong Xiaoyue today. Zuo’s fellow Superboy 2013 contestants — Hua Chenyu, Ou Hao, Bai Jugang, Ning Huanyu, Yu Tian, Zhang Yangyang, Rao Wei, Jia Shengqiang, and Ju Laiti — are best men at the wedding. Though the Superboy 2013 contestants have gone on different career paths after the show, most of them have remained good friends and hold get-togethers occasionally when their schedules allow.
Here are a few videos and photos of Hua Chenyu at the wedding.
Video of the best men joking with the groom to “take it slow”, or otherwise they’d have to attend the baby shower soon, followed by the baby’s one-month birthday, 100-day birthday, etc., and things can escalate quickly. (Note from the future: In the video, Hua was counting red packets. Hours later, “Hua Chenyu counting red packets” became a trending topic on Weibo…)
Door games are a common wedding tradition practiced in modern weddings in China. Wedding door games are usually designed and set up by bridesmaids at the bride’s family home to test the groom’s “worthiness” to receive his bride. Typically, bridesmaids will barricade the door when the groom comes to receive the bride on the morning of the wedding day, and demand the groom to complete a set of challenges to prove his love for the bride before he can be allowed in. The groom can usually enlist the help of his best man in completing the challenges. The groom and best man typically carry a lot of red packets (a red envelope with money inside usually given as a gift) on the big day to exchange for clues or leniency in door games.
Another widely practiced Chinese wedding tradition is the tea ceremony. During the big day, the bride and groom are expected to serve tea to both sides of the parents in a show of respect and gratitude. The gesture also symbolizes the bride and groom officially becoming members of each other’s extended family.
Hua Chenyu comparing the designs of the best men’s suits with Zuo Li’s suit. Zuo Li loudly proclaimed that the suits are the same price, just with different designs, and vowed to fetch the price list.
Short Hua Chenyu interview, Same interview from another camera angle
In the interview, Hua revealed that the red packet the best men gave Zuo Li is definitely the biggest (with the most money) among the guests. Zuo Li once provided accompaniment at Hua’s concert and later jokingly claimed that Hua didn’t pay him for the gig. The interviewer asked Hua if he had paid him back double in red packet money. Hua replied, “I spruced up the proposal song he’s going to sing tonight for him. That definitely made up for (the accompaniment fees) I think!” The interviewer then wisely pointed out that the industry price of inviting Hua to “spruce up” a song would definitely more than cover the fees Hua owed. Hua said the song must be the most important song in Zuo Li’s life. Since Zuo is the first among the 2013 Superboy top ten contestants to get married, Hua said everyone wanted to be there for him on the big day when they heard the news, and were trying to help him in every way they can.
Zuo Li’s thank-you speech at the wedding
Zuo Li thanked Yu Menglong and Ou Hao for taking time off from their busy schedules no questions asked and being there for him on his big day. When it came to Hua Hua, Zuo became teary-eyed and thanked Hua for always helping him with his career, giving him gigs, inviting him to guest-star at his concerts and all sorts of events.
October 22 update
November 10 update
New Estée Lauder video
On an unrelated note, here’s a new Estée Lauder promo video posted by Hua today on his Weibo.