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Sydney Olympics Faked Entire Symphony Performance

Posted by: Frederik Balfour on August 28, 2008

Thanks to an alert reader of my Lip-Synching blog, it comes to my attention that the faking of Lin Miaoke’s performance at the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Olympics has a precedent: it has just come to light that an entire performance by the Sydney Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at the Sydney Games in 2000 was mimed. What’s more, the pre-recorded music was not even done entirely by the SSO, but included segments done by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

It looks like the same vigor that is enforced in testing athletes fo doping should be applied to Olympic organizing committees to ensure authenticity in performances. Let’s hope London Mayor Boris Johnson is bearing this in mind for the 2012 Games. Things at least got off to a good start in Beijing. Those were real guitar licks we heard Jimmy Page play.

Reader Comments


August 28, 2008 6:35 PM

Kudo to Mr. Balfour!


August 30, 2008 1:41 AM

Indeed kudos to you, Mr. Balfour. But most other major western journalists seems didn't bother to pick up this news. Make you wonder why. But if it is about China, they seems passionate to attack China and turn small matter into big.


August 31, 2008 10:55 PM

To your credit, you reminded us of the fake Sydney performance. But did such defiencies in the Anglo-Saxon world ever get the level of cynical attention and scrutiny from the Western press as the lip synchning in Beijing? If not, why not? Do you western journalists still have the gall then to claim that you are not negatively biased against China?


September 2, 2008 1:04 AM

Note that Beijing hired a lot of Australian consultants for their Sidney2000 experience. Then again, is the fat guy we seen at the Beijing closing ceremony the real Boris Johnson, London Mayor? I for one couldn't care less.

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