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Olympic Singer Replaced With Cuter Girl

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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,


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?


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qtpie qtpie 9 years
heaps of past olympic ceremonies had parts that wer fake, including Sydney:, and Barcelona
sarahxiyi sarahxiyi 9 years
As a Chinese-American who spends a quarter of her year in Beijing, including the past two months, I feel like it would help to clarify the Chinese attitude on this so-called issue. It's highly doubtful that the original singer has a bruised self-esteem due to the government/Olympics organizers' comments on her beauty or lack thereof. In China, people don't think it's necessary to exaggerate the truth to make people feel better about themselves in the way that we Americans will almost automatically reassure our friends that they look beautiful, even if they frankly aren't. It's clear to Chinese people that it's possible to be beautiful on the inside, even if you're not physically gorgeous. And Yang Peiyi was only told the truth: that no matter how cute she may be, she's not as beautiful as the other girl. Knowing what a typical Chinese attitude would be, she is probably not hurt and all and truly is very proud of having her voice featured. And please. No matter the stereotypes about women in China, people don't throw their baby girls into the streets all over the country. Nor do our female leaders feel the need to be manly in order to be powerful.
SandyFeet SandyFeet 9 years
Miaomiaochan, thank you so much for your insight on a culture that for a long time has been a mystery to most of the western world. I firmly agree with you. We have the same kind of prejudices in this country and is rampant. Eating disorder and extreme plastic surgeries are not alien to us. The Chinese are learning very quickly what is to be "Hollywood".
356UIK 356UIK 9 years
I think its very hard for anyone to understand how embarrassed they feel about everything.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
I think this is terrible, too. That little girl below is adorable. They're both really cute. I don't get it.
cottonpoots cottonpoots 9 years
Honestly! The original non-lip syncing girl is equally adorable. Why replace what isn't too shabby to begin with? Makes me wonder what else is fake in this year's Olympics.
mafalda_quino mafalda_quino 9 years
From the Guardian: "Research by Daniel Hamermesh, an economist at the University of Texas, has suggested that the "beauty premium" in parts of China is far more pronounced than in the west for women. Dr Hamermesh's work shows that ugly people earn below the average income while beautiful people earn more. In Britain, attractive women enjoy a +1% premium. But in Shanghai, the figure was +10%." Although the little girl's feelings might have been hurt due to the tactless handling of the situation by the Chinese organisers there's a bigger picture we should be concentrating on. We all (regardless of country) live in some form of society that values the aesthetically pleasing either instinctively or through external pressures that modify our aspirations to varied extents. Personally I've always found beauty pageants (for little girls esp.) rather worrying, but maybe that's just me. If anyone's interested in the study, including figures for the U.S. you can find more info here:
kastarte2 kastarte2 9 years
How is that little girl on the bottom not cute enough? She's soo adorable! I don't get it. :(
Jazz-Z Jazz-Z 9 years
Officials confirmed that some of the footage shown to TV viewers around the world and on giant screens inside the stadium featured a computer-generated, three-dimensional image. I think if the girl with the "crooked teeth and chubby cheeks" had sang it would have been very endearing. Sometimes imperfection is beautiful.
hypnoticmix hypnoticmix 9 years
Hey can anyone clarify for me about the fireworks. I've heard that they were fake and I've heard that they were digitally enhanced for the viewing audience. I'd kinda like to know which cause there is a big difference there.
drea-nicole drea-nicole 9 years
I feel bad for them both. Imagine how the "cute" one is going to feel when she realizes that's all they think she is, "cute". The "not as cute" girl will always have that talent and may one day turn into a swan! :)
Meike Meike 9 years
Somehow I'm not surprised. "This kind of attitude is present in probably every country, but in a country like China, the negative ramifications of not standing out are just too great because of the sheer number of people vying for so few positions of prestige, power, and money." Very true. Makes me ashamed I'm part Chinese sometimes.
apma apma 9 years
The fake fireworks didn't bother me because no one was actually hurt. This is incredibly deceitful and completely breaks my heart because the actual singer does not need to be told she isn't cute enough because she is.
kikidawn kikidawn 9 years
Oh such a sad ordeal. This is horrible.
idawson idawson 9 years
I agree with bella - they are both adorable; like my corworker said (borrowed fron Animal Farm): "All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others" just replace animals with people.
outofhere outofhere 9 years
What a pathetic and sad manipulation by the Chinese.
L0neLyHeArT L0neLyHeArT 9 years
Ir's awful to read about this story and know that talent isn't as better than beauty.
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I've never done that. I've always been hot. ;)
True-Song True-Song 9 years
>Imagine how that poor girl is going to feel once she gets older and realizes what they did. I think it will sting less when she's older. I mean, who hasn't looked at pictures of themselves when they were little and thought, man I looked like a dork...good thing I'm hot stuff now!
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
on second thought -- maybe the little songbird is will be a late bloomer and be more beautiful in the end. i feel bad for her in this media storm, but i think it's better to have talent than beauty -- one lasts forever and the other eventually fades.
yesteryear yesteryear 9 years
torg... HAHHAHAH... funniest comment of the day.
meowtomekitty meowtomekitty 9 years
that was sooo mean, both of the little girls are adorable! Imagine how that poor girl is going to feel once she gets older and realizes what they did.
True-Song True-Song 9 years
Yesteryear, I would change my picture to that girl, but the other one is so much cuter, is it okay if I use her instead?
UnDave35 UnDave35 9 years
I'm betting they don't even know about it.
vancedecker vancedecker 9 years
I don't know why, out of all the disgusting things the Chinese Politburo does, this makes me feel the worst. And the western media outlets aren't helping by reporting on how pretty the second girl is. The original girl is prettier to me than the fake smiling beauty pageant contestant. I hope the Chinese people feel collectively embarrassed about this travesty.
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