After Beijing Olympics lip-synching fiasco, Chinese gov't bans practice and fines "fake singers"

Singers beware: Lip-synching can actually cost you.

In Beijing, two "almost unknown" singers were the first to be fined after lip-synching was banned two years after a famous lip-synching incident at the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony, reports ABS-CBNNews.com.

The young female Chinese singers were caught lip-synching during a concert in Chengdu City last year, according to the Xinhua news agency. Each was fined 50,000 yuan or P327,644.113.

However, some Internet users in China wonder why the "almost unknown" singers were fined but not the more famous ones.

Lip-synching, which is also known as "fake singing" in China, made headlines in 2008 at the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony. Nine-year-old Lin Miaoke sang the patriotic song, "Ode to the Motherland" and was dubbed a "smiling angel," according to LA Times. However, her voice actually belonged to Yang Peiyi, a 7-year-old whose "smile [is] made crooked by the stubs of her first grown-up teeth," reports MSNBC.

Lin Miaoke convinces the audience that she's singing "Ode to the Motherland."

The ceremony music director, Chen Qigang, told Beijing Radio, "It was for the national interest. The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression."

The Culture Ministry later formally banned lip-synching with the threat of stripping performance licenses of repeat offenders.

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