Olympics – was she pretty enough?

August 12, 2008

I love the Olympics. Generally I don’t like watching sports but with lots of different sports happening at the same time and so many tear jerking stories of personal achievement I really enjoy the spectacle of it. It does help that it is only every four years I suppose.

In particular I enjoy this stage of the summer Olympics, i.e. before the track and field stuff starts and all we see is running or perhaps running with stuff in the way or throwing stuff or jumping in various ways. I find that a little harder to stay interested in but during these early stages there is coverage of lots of different sports – so I’ve been watching Archery, shooting, swimming, diving, gymnastics, beach volleyball (it was men’s so nothing dodgy there), cycling, hockey, rowing, canoeing, judo… and it has all been fantastic.

Then of course there was that opening ceremony! What a fantastic event, and who in the UK didn’t watch that and think “we are going to look so rubbish in 2012”? Partly that is because China spent the money and threw the number of people at the event that would ensure a good show and that is something that I can’t see happening here. But even though it was a fantastic show, more details are coming out that show it wasn’t as perfect as it looked

Firstly, some of the fireworks were faked for TV, Gizmodo spotted a Blue-Screen-of-Death during the torch lighting but today BBC reports that: “A pretty girl who won national fame after singing at the opening cermony of the Olympic Games was only miming.”

This didn’t entirely surprise me as the technical difficulties, nerves, etc. would suggest that it is simply safer to prerecord elements and mime. However, that wasn’t why they did this, it was becuase she was prettier than the girl who could actually sing better.

“The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people.”musical director Chen Qigang

Is it really necessary that the girl singing be ‘flawless’ and gives a ‘great feeling’ ? What does that reflect of the Olympic spirit?