On the heels of the revelation that China faked the giant footsteps fireworks for its TV and stadium audience (Good interview with NPR media critic here), comes word of another bit of showbiz.
The Mail Online reports that the cute girl who sang the national anthem was a phony, too. She lip-synced — not uncommon for a major performance, one supposes — the anthem, but not because she couldn’t sing, but because the girl with the actual voice wasn’t pretty enough.
The Web site reports the kid who didn’t sing is now a big star.
A new Olympic-watching past-time: Calculating whether Michael Phelps will win more gold medals than the number of instances of China faking something.
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Bob Collins has been with Minnesota Public Radio since 1992, emigrating to Minnesota from Massachusetts. He was senior editor of news in the ’90s, ran MPR’s political unit, created the MPR News regional website, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started the two most popular blogs in the history of MPR and every day laments that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.
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