When Lin MiaoKe sang Ode to the Motherland during the Beijing Olympic opening ceremony, everyone thought she was simply perfect...she looks flawless and "can" really sing. The 9 years-old MioKe donning a red dress and white shoes singing a patriotic ballad before approximately 1 billion viewers had really swept all the audiences off the floor. Everyone thought that she is a superstar in the making! She was immortalised!
Everything about MiaoKe is perfect except that she can't sing that well. And the voice that all of us heard was actually a recording of 7-year-old Yang PeiYi. Under intense pressure from China's highest level officials to find that
And one more thing...maybe even MiaoKe didn't know about it. Wow! If MiaoKe really know about this, I guess she'll have a tough time ahead. IMHO, this does not bode well for MiaoKe's future. How bout PeiYi's feeling then? On Monday, Peiyi appeared on China Central Television. “I’m O.K. with it, my voice was used in the performance. I think that’s enough.” PeiYi told her interviewers. What will you feel if you were in their shoes?
I guess later on, a lot of parents will be saving money for their children. And banks will be coming out with new saving products. No, it's not for educational purposes. But for their children to have plastic surgery later in their live. I heard the Koreans are doing so. So it's not such a big deal. Sometimes talent alone is enough. It (really) pays to be great looking! And the Opening Ceremony in Beijing witnessed by almost 1 billion viewers could testify this truth: Looks count!
By the way, here's a movie which I think the Chinese gets their lip-sync idea from-2000 Pounds of Beauty. It's about Hanna, a lip sync vocalist for Ammy, the famous Korean pop singer. Even though Hanna is always ignored due to her appearance, she has been a bright and lighthearted girl until Ammy humiliates her in front of Sang-jun, Hanna's secret love. At last Hanna makes a decision of a lifetime to have plastic surgery all over her body.
2000 Pounds of Beauty is one whackily-funny and in the same time touching movie. Watch it! But first you'll need to sign up as a CrunchyRoll member.