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Sydney Olympics Also Featured Fake Performances

In 2000, city's orchestra mimed to backing tape—by ensemble from Melbourne
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 26, 2008 2:38 PM CDT

(Newser) – The world was shocked to learn that Chinese singer Lin Miaoke was really just a pretty lip-syncher, but fakery seems to be par for the Olympic course: the Sydney Symphony has disclosed that its performers mimed to a backing tape during the 2000 opening ceremony. "It's correct that we were basically miming to a pre-recording," an ensemble official told the Morning Herald.

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In addition, part of the backing tape was recorded by the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra—though MSO director Trevor Green said it was just to save time. Green also defended Sydney’s "symph synching": "The miming side of it is perfectly normal," he said. "There are millions of people watching and if something goes wrong you'd be snookered." (Read more 2000 Sydney Olympics stories.)

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