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With so many in Taiwan’s celebrity firmament embroiled in scandals over the past few years, 2010 may turn out to be the year when some turn to religion to change their evil ways. But don’t count on it.

“God is better than sex,” screamed a T-shirt worn by actor and singer Vanness Wu (吳建豪) while attending a Christian conference late last week, according to a report in the United Daily News.

After arriving at the Festival of God’s Power Conference (神大能醫治布道會), the 31-year old heartthrob — who recently changed his first name to Van Ness — proceeded to disclose details of his changed lifestyle since being baptized two years ago.

In a tell-all to the media scrum following him, Wu confessed to losing his virginity aged 17 and “dating” six women in the past. Those wild days are behind him, though, as he told the assembled gossip hounds that he signed a “celibacy card” in 2008 and prays for one hour every day — this in addition to surreptitious prayers for friends and colleagues. He said that he manages to avoid temptation by putting God first.

He also confirmed rumors that he’d been involved with singer and actress Vivian Hsu (徐若瑄), claiming he could no longer lie about their past relationship. (Incidentally, Hsu has been spotted in the past at Xingtian Temple (行天宮) praying for divine intervention to help her find a mate).

When asked if he planned to become a pastor, Wu replied that he’d leave it up to God. If that wasn’t odd enough, CTV showed a clip of Wu’s hand placed on the head of a middle-aged woman, a sight that could have come right out of America’s Bible Belt.

All this talk of clean living is hard to swallow. Several media outlets implied just as much by juxtaposing images of Wu at the conference with those of him lying naked on a fully dressed Ady An (安以軒), his co-star in the soap opera Autumn’s Concerto (下一站,幸福). Perhaps Wu’s abstinence pledge has an opt-out clause for television.

Singer and actor Jay Chou (周杰倫) may need Wu’s help in calling on the Almighty for a miracle to salvage Pandamen (熊貓人), a new television program which he directs. The drama series about two heroic pandas that protect a city received the lowest rating for its 10pm time slot last Friday, according to a report on NOWnews.

Bloggers complained Pandamen had a childish plot and seemed to cater specifically to viewers in China. One would expect, then, that it would have received rave reviews when it aired on Guangzhou Television last month. But the NT$110 million show barely registered, with only 5,000 viewers tuning in on its third day, making it the lowest-rated show in the station’s history.

And now to more mundane news. The Apple Daily released the results of its “Queen of the Bra” (內衣皇后) poll. Joe Chen’s (陳喬恩) mammalian protuberances (33D) blew away the competition with 52 percent of the votes, coming out victorious in the ongoing lingerie battle against her To Love You Is My Destiny (命中注定我愛你) co-star and undergarment rival Bianca Bai (白歆惠). Bai’s tatas, practically exploding out of a 33B cup, placed third with 14 percent.

Actress Cheryl Yang (楊謹華) came second with 22 percent, and singer Landy Wen (溫嵐) placed last with 3 percent. Pop Stop awaits Apple’s “Queen of the Thong” poll with baited breath, and wonders when the “King of the Thong” contest kicks off.

Yahoo Kimo, meanwhile, came up with its own poll on who is the top male idol, which seems more of a promotional gimmick for popular boy band F4 than anything else.

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