SCMP: “Paris 2018 Gay Games: How a Filipino pair wowed judges with Beyoncé cover of ‘Proud Mary’ to win Hong Kong ballroom gold”

Childhood friends win over France immigration authorities, then judges and fans with their competition show-stopper

For their show-stopping, gold medal-winning performance, Niel Enopia and Ezekiel Vargas both channelled their inner Beyoncé. The pair, of Filipino descent, represented Hong Kong at the Gay Games in Paris last month and took first place in the world showdance competition, commonly known as competitive ballroom dancing.

The friends, who both work as dance instructors (Vargas lives in Hong Kong and Enopia in Manila) cut a rug to a Beyoncé cover of Proud Mary, a Creedence Clearwater Revival song that originally came out in 1969 and was later covered by Ike and Tina Turner.

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