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Olympic Lip-Synching Fiasco

Posted on: August 14, 2008

I’m sure most of you would have already heard about this fiasco.

I was unaware of it, as I did not watch the opening ceremony and I was only concerned with the competition results. I was on my way home yesterday when I heard the radio DJs discussing this topic. It intrigued me.

I’m sure that I don’t need to post up the whole story but the summary of it was, this cute 9 year old little girl by the name of Miaoke was performing ‘Ode to Motherland’ at the 2008 Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. And the world was captivated by her performance because she was so cute. But as it turns out, the song was pre-recorded. She was lip syncing. What was worse was that the song was not even sung by her! It was later found out that the original singer of the song was another 7 year old girl, by the name of Peiyi. The producers of the show deemed her not ‘flawless enough’ for the live performance but apparently, they thought her vocals were good enough.

Ok, first, I got to say, poor Peiyi. For someone who has crooked teeth like me, I’d totally understand her feelings.

In this screwed up society of ours, looks mean a lot. It is unfortunate that she had to experience this at such a young age. I’d have preferred her to find that out at an older age.

But I find all the hoo-haa over it a bit hypocritical.

It’s just lip-syncing. So, they replaced the poor girl with a girl they deemed more suitable. Big deal?

Lots of professional singers do that too. They just didn’t get found out. You may argue that at least they are the real singers of the songs, but do you really know that? There could be a 200-Pound Beauty story behind one of those singers too. A bit far-fetched lah, but you get my idea.

Yes, the producers were wrong to do that.

But have you ever thought of what you’d do if you were in their shoes?

Would you have done the same thing?

I think most people would have done what the producers did.

Ah, why the heck am I even blogging about this…

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