Views
1206
Comments
19
  • 03:55 PM ET  08.12

By Dick Friedman

So now we find out the shame of the Forbidden City: that Lin Miaoke, the nine-year-old charmer who sang Ode to the Motherland at Friday's opening ceremony, really didn't sing at all. Lin lip-synced to vocals provided by seven-year-old Yang Peiyi, who is described in an AP story as having a "chubby face and crooked baby teeth."

In other words, one had the looks, the other the voice. It's a story as old as show biz, or at least movie soundtracks, as those of us of a certain age can attest by invoking My Fair Lady, in which Marni Nixon supplied the vocals for Audrey Hepburn. (I never quite figured out why they didn't just eliminate the middlewoman and give the role to Broadway original and Friedman fave Julie Andrews.)

How ode-ious is this latest scandal? To my mind it rates about an 8 on a 1-to-10 scale (10 being reprehensible), especially for a nation trying to put its best foot forward. Besides... with 1.3 billion people you tell me they couldn't find one kid with the looks and the voice? On the other hand... calling Simon Cowell! There's a HUGE opportunity here for a Chinese Idol show!

What do you think? Is this a big deal or much ado about nothing?

 

 

Comment

Remember to keep your posts clean. Profanity will get filtered, and offensive comments will be removed.


Truth & Rumors

MOST POPULAR

  1. 1
    Woodson's next job
    Views
    5355
    Comments
    1102
  2. 2
    'Melo wants to be wooed (like, Howard wooed)
    Views
    1184
    Comments
    814
  3. 3
    Lee on the Yankees' radar (Burnett, too)
    Views
    12255
    Comments
    533
  4. 4
    Farrell defends Fenway's 'sleep room'
    Views
    1253
    Comments
    478
  5. 5
    Rangers pegged as unsportsmanlike divers
    Views
    3241
    Comments
    277

SI.com

SI Photos