Meet Yang Peiyi, the voice behind “Ode to the Motherland”, which was lip-synched at the Beijing Opening Ceremonies by a 9-year-old in a red dress and pig-tails, Lin Miaoke. See photos, video and a biography of Yang Peiyi below.
Yang Peiyi, whose face was dubbed “not suitable” for television audiences because she has “buck teeth”, was declared the winner to perform the national anthem, but after a member of the Chinese politburro saw a rehearsal for the opening ceremony, they wanted to keep her voice but change her face. Peiyi recorded the song and 9-year-old Lin Miaoke lip-synched the anthem during the ceremony.
Opening ceremony musical designer, Chen Qigang, said:
“Our rehearsals had already been vetted several times – they were all very strict. When we had the dress rehearsals, there were spectators from various divisions, including above all a member of the politburo who gave us his verdict: we had to make the swap.”
As a biography, we know that Yang Peiyi is 7 years old. She currently is a 1st grader at a Primary School associated with Peking University. Wang Liping, Yang’s tutor, described in her blog that Yang “doesn’t like to show off. She’s easygoing. She is cute and well-behaved, with a love for Peking opera.” Yang has said that it was an “honor” to have her voice used in the opening ceremony.
See photos and video of Yang Peiyi below.