In an article in The Times (13th August 2008), it appears that China banned a seven year child singer from singing at the opening ceremony because of her crooked teeth.
The real singer Yang Peiyi, a seven-year-old was deemed not pretty enough to be the face of China’s most watched moment in history and was substituted by Lin Miaoke at the eleventh hour by Communist Party officials desperate to present the best possible image of Chinese youth to the rest of the world.
As Yang Peiyi sang the Ode to the Motherland behind the scenes, Lin Miaoke lip synched in front of millions in the Bird’s Nest stadium.
Chen Qigang, the contemporary composer and French citizen who directed the music for the opening ceremony said “The child on camera should be flawless in image, internal feelings and expression. Lin Miaoke is excellent in those aspects but in terms of voice Yang Peiyi is perfect.”