Doudou, a 13 year old Chinese girl who made a name by singing the Beijing Olympic theme song "You and Me", performed a solo concert at the Hackney Empire theatre on Wednesday. Her performance marks the opening of "Chinese Culture Week", a project China's Cultural Ministry has helped to stage in London during the Olympics to promote Chinese culture. Doudou's tender voice and youthful appearance also made her a good ambassador for such a message. But Doudou's subsequent singing of the song with her child's voice also became a popular version of the tune. Her newfound fame made her a frequent guest singer at concerts, such as the Chinese New Year's Eve celebrations in
The other had the voice. So the pigtailed Lin Miaoke, a veteran of television ads, mouthed the words with a pixie smile for a stadium of 91, and a worldwide TV audience. It was the latest example of the lengths the image-obsessed China is taking to create a perfect Summer Games. He declined to speak further about it.
The Ministry of Culture wants to outlaw the widespread practice during live performances, as well as clamping down on musicians who pretend to play their instruments during shows. The ban comes three months after many Chinese were outraged to discover that one of the stars of the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics had been miming rather than singing during the spectacular show. There was an outpouring of anger following the revelation that child star Lin Miaoke had been miming when she sang 'Ode To The Motherland' during the Beijing Olympics opening ceremony. The cute nine-year-old's performance captured the hearts of the Chinese, until organisers of the ceremony admitted she had been lip-synching. Another girl had sung the popular song, but had been judged not pretty enough to represent China in front of the world.
In front of 91, spectators and a billion TV viewers, Lin Miaoke sang China's national anthem at the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympics. For it emerged yesterday that the pig-tailed nine-year-old had only been lip-synching the words - because her voice was deemed not good enough, while the girl who did sing was not considered pretty enough. Rejected: Yang Peiyi right was banned from singing live at the Olympic opening ceremony and replaced with Lin Miaoke left. The extraordinary last-minute decision to splice pictures and sound was taken by a top member of the Chinese Communist Party politburo.