Last Friday, little Lin Miaoke performed “Ode to the Motherland” for a global audience at the Olympic opening ceremonies in Beijing, China. Dubbed a “smiling angel,” she captured the hearts of viewers around the world, and became an overnight media darling.

But as it turns out, the production team pulled a Milli Vanilli bait-and-switch, of Olympic proportions. The New York Times reports:

Under pressure from the highest levels of the ruling Communist Party to find the perfect face and voice, the ceremony’s production team concluded the only solution was to use two girls instead of one. Miaoke, a third grader, was judged cute and appealing but “not suitable” as a singer. Another girl, Yang Peiyi, 7, was judged the best singer but not as cute. So when Miaoke opened her mouth to sing, the voice that was actually heard was a recording of Peiyi.

And it is unclear if Miaoke even knew.

“The reason was for the national interest,” explained Chen Qigang, general music designer of the opening ceremonies, who revealed the deception during a Sunday radio interview. “The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression.”

To read the New York Times article in its entirety, click here.

4 Comments on Girl You Know It’s True: A Smiling Angel Shouldn’t Have Crooked Teeth

  1. Roxy
    August 13, 2008 at 2:41 AM (10 years ago)

    dude…. china freaks me out. I’m sorry but that country has done way too much lately in terms of deception and I just wonder what’s really going on there.

    Scratch that. I’m not sure I want to know.

  2. Belinda
    August 13, 2008 at 6:25 PM (10 years ago)

    I'm chinese myself & i know for a fact that our culture is often very inconsiderate. It's not unusual and barely considered negative that a parent/adult call their child ugly, fat, or stupid. I think that the person who decided to use Lin Miaoke instead of Yang Peiyi is really an ass, blowing Lin Miaoke's pride up while telling Yang Peiyi that she can't go on stage because of her looks. Lin Miaoke didn't even know it wasn't her own voice. She's left to think that she has beauty, talent, and charm. It's so unfair for Yang. How does it feel to be replaced, working hard without praise just because of the way you look? All of this while some kid just stands on stage smiling, taking advantage of your talent and the love that's supposed to go to you? Like honestly. In my opinion, they need to let Lin Miaoke know it wasn't her voice, and give all the praise that Miaoke has earned to Yang Peiyi.

    Sorry about my long arse rant. LOL. :b It just really bothers me.

  3. Rae
    August 13, 2008 at 6:36 PM (10 years ago)

    I’m incredibly disappointed that this happened, but it doesn’t sound like the little girls are too broken up over it.

    The comment the real singer made was basically that she was happy to have such a beautiful voice that they had to have her voice – and honestly, so many Chinese have such a strong sense of nationalism that I wouldn’t be surprised if the little girl truly was not that offended!

    Anyhow, thanks for posting this, Daneen! I think it’s one of the things that people should know, no matter what their opinion on it is 🙂

  4. Kohl Girl
    August 14, 2008 at 2:53 PM (10 years ago)

    I don’t get it! I think the girl on the left is equally cute as the girl on the right!!