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2008-08-20 09:01:04

By MEGHAN DAUM By MEGHAN DAUM CHINA NEVER has been known for its stellar policies on little girls. But last week, its female trouble in Beijing was especially vexing. There were, of course, the rumblings about members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team who appear younger than the International Olympic Committee's age requirement of 16. But that controversy was put on the back burner by the fracas surrounding Lin Miaoke, the 9-year-old who lip-synced "Ode to the Motherland" during the...

2008-08-17 18:00:29

By Paul Farhi The Washington Post The first scandal of the Beijing Olympics is in, and the loser, apparently, is China. As the assembled global media reported this week, Chinese officials last week quietly made a little switch at the opening ceremonies, replacing a 7-year-old singer with a child deemed more attractive, who passed off the first girl's recording as her own on TV. Which raises a question: Lip-syncing is an international scandal? One answer: Under the circumstances, maybe...

2008-08-17 12:00:24

By GAIL COLLINS DID YOU realize the Chinese Communist Party was that much into cute? The world knows now that the adorable little girl we saw warbling "Ode to the Motherland" at the Olympics opening ceremony was not really singing. She was a Potemkin performer. Lin Miaoke, 9, was fronting for Yang Peiyi, 7, the girl with the best voice but imperfect teeth. "The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feeling and expression," said Chen Qigang, the music director, who went...

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2008-08-14 06:05:00

On Wednesday, bloggers all over the Internet scorned China's decision at the Olympic opening ceremony to replace a young female singer with crooked teeth with a pretty, lip-synching girl. Bloggers felt cheated because the special moment was not real. "Frankly, I think that's disgusting. Honestly, they're seven and nine years old! So young!" one American teenager wrote. Ceremony organizers admitted on Wednesday that nine-year-old Lin Miaoke replaced Yang Peiyi because Miaoke was more...

2008-08-14 00:00:15

By Cara Anna BEIJING - 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...

2008-08-13 18:00:16

By Jim Yardley Huang Yuanxi contributed research. * Pigtailed and smiling, Lin Miaoke, age 9, stood in a red dress and white shoes during the Olympic opening ceremony last Friday and performed "Ode to the Motherland" in what would become one of the evening's most indelible images: a lone child, fireworks blazing overhead, singing a patriotic ballad before an estimated one billion viewers. Except that she was not really singing. Her proud father, who learned of her singing role only...