Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Olympic opening uses girl’s voice, not face

Olympic opening uses girl’s voice, not face
By CARA ANNA, Associated Press Writer 1 hour, 35 minutes ago

BEIJING (AP)—One little girl had the looks. The other had the voice.
So in a last-minute move demanded by one of China’s highest officials, the two were put together for the Olympic opening ceremony, with one lip-synching “Ode to the Motherland” over the other’s singing.
The real singer, 7-year-old Yang Peiyi, with her chubby face and crooked baby teeth, wasn’t good looking enough for the ceremony, its chief music director told state-owned Beijing Radio.
So the pigtailed Lin Miaoke, a veteran of television ads, mouthed the words with a pixie smile for a stadium of 91,000 and a worldwide TV audience. “I felt so beautiful in my red dress,” the tiny 9-year-old told the China Daily newspaper.
Peiyi later told China Central Television that just having her voice used was an honor.
It was the latest example of the lengths the image-obsessed China is taking to create a perfect Summer Games.

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My thoughts: The chubby faced little girl might feel grateful since on paper her voice was used, but the "better" looking girl is assumed the credit and that is really sad. What would you call that? A voice double?

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