Yang Peiyi is Voice of Beijing Opening Ceremony

August 12, 2008

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.

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    Mary Says:

    I feel sorry for the original singer. Is this what our world has come to? Pretty faces who lip synch? Seems that talent is not required anymore.

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    angrychinese Says:

    felt discriminated by all the fake beauty inside the chinese society. I like the original singer with her natural beauty. Don’t have to have a perfect look from a child to perform. Every child has right to show who they are from inside out. That’s I call the real beauty and see the real talang. It’s shameful.

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    Yang Peiyi: real voice behind Olympics Opening Ceremony: In Entertainment Says:

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    Shidehara Says:

    It’s just like the music world. Pretty faces with playback. I really like the original singer, talent should not be hidden. Beauty comes with talent, it’s not just about the first sight.

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    elise Says:

    what i don’t get is that Yang is actually a really pretty girl. What is she going to grow up to think? That just because some asses don’t think she’s pretty enough to represent her country, she should always have to sing behind a pretty face? China would be more beautiful if they showed their inner beauty. They’re just little kids!

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    ddrfgfdg Says:

    this ceremony is gonna hurt her for life. she just seven and already being excluded for not being pretty, ( i think she really cute thought , i heard that the fake singer had a plastic surgrey for her nose) this is very bad news for china

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    kartik Says:

    I’ve been a staunch supporter of the
    Beijing Olympics from day 1. Nothing has caused me more pain and anger than to see some idiots tell a child that she’s ugly. Whoever came up with this has really put China to shame.

    I couldn’t care less if both of the girls were adults but when you mess with kids then you’ve lost my respect.

    “An honor to have my voice in the olympics” … that little girl has way too much beauty and class.

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    kartik Says:

    My earlier post was written in anger. I read a bit more on the net … calmed down a bit … flushed my utopian ideals down the toilet and thought about it. Western media is really to blame. They’re looking for anything to smear their dirty hands with. I’ve noticed this theme throughout the olympics. The Chinese have been honest but these people know how to twist things around.

    Here’s a great post from “TruEngineHearing”:

    It was all real swell until western news media pounced and made it all ugly.

    Watch “The King and I” – a known classic of American cinema, and revel in female star Deborah Kerr singing some of most beautiful songs ever written. NOT. It was somebody else singing – somebody else that was not as gorgeous as Kerr and perhaps not such an accomplished actress. So?

    We’re such slobs it’s hard to believe we used to be decent Americans – before the various Contessa Brewers and the packs of Obermanns were let loose to drum up audiences whenever and however possible. You know and I know that to keep seeing those 6 zeros in their paychecks they’d drop their pants in a second. So torturing a little chinese girl with false shame is a cakewalk for these low feeders.

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    Seronica Says:

    I can’t believe China would do something like this. There just children!

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    Testing Says:


    So to make your point, you are comparing real life to a Hollywood movie (which is a fake in the first place) ???? I agree with you on your sentiment about Western media, but without them we wouldn’t have known about this shameful event. To me, the shameful part would be for ONE person to have such power to overturn everything at the last minute. That’s the scary part.
    (And Yang is very cute and adorable herself!)

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