The angelic-faced cherub singing with a voice from heaven during the opening ceremony of the Olympics really only had one piece of that puzzle: Lin Miaoke, the 9-year-old who was featured performing "Ode to the Motherland" while fireworks flared and 1 billion people watched was pulling one of the oldest tricks in the book. She was lip-synching the song.
And not just to ensure a flawless performance in case nerves or the wires interfered with her singing — she lip-dubbed because she was cuter than the girl who owned the voice. Under pressure from the highest levels of the Communist Party, the ceremony's production team was sent on the ultimate star search: to find the perfect face and voice to represent China. Unable to find the whole package, they pulled a C+C Music Factory swapperoo: Lin Miaoke performed to 7-year-old Yang Peiyi's voice (pictured below). To see why this happened, read more.
The reason given was "national interest," though it's unclear if Miaoke even knew it wasn't her voice played. The general music designer of the ceremony said when he revealed the illusion, “the child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression.” Miaoke is already being called the "smiling angel," while real singer Peiyi says that she was happy just to have her voice featured.
This is the second report of fakery coming out of the ceremony (the recorded fireworks being first). My heart just breaks thinking about that perfectly cute 7-year-old and how it's going to affect her knowing that she wasn't "cute" enough for the Olympics. Is this a sad scandal or one to chalk up to showmanship?