China Olympic ceremony star mimed
The pretty girl in the red dress during the opening ceremony of the Olympics was miming.
In fact, it wasn't even her voice that she was miming to.
The girl, Lin Miaoke, sang a rendition of 'Ode to the Motherland', but the singer was Yang Peiyi, who, it was decided at the last minute, could not appear because she was not as 'flawless'.
The show's musical director said Lin was used because it was in the best interests of the country.
The revelation follows news that a fireworks display used during the opening ceremony was apparently faked.
Speaking on Beijing Radio station, musical director Chen Qigang said the organisers needed a girl with both a good image and a good voice.
They faced a dilemma because although Lin was prettier, seven-year-old Yang had the better voice, Mr Chen said.
"After several tests, we decided to put Lin Miaoke on the live picture, while using Yang Peiyi's voice," he told the radio station.
"The reason for this is that we must put our country's interest first," he added.
"The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people."
Singer Lin, who is being called the "smiling angel", has already become a media celebrity because of her performance.
She told state-run China Daily that she felt "beautiful" in the red dress she wore during the performance.
This is the second 'fake' story coming out of the olympics. Turns out the fireworks were faked digitally too.