Speaking on Beijing Radio station, musical director Chen Qigang said the organisers needed a girl with both a good image and a good voice.BBC News
They faced a dilemma because although Lin was prettier, seven-year-old Yang had the better voice, Mr Chen said.
"After several tests, we decided to put Lin Miaoke on the live picture, while using Yang Peiyi's voice," he told the radio station.
"The reason for this is that we must put our country's interest first," he added.
"The girl appearing on the picture must be flawless in terms of her facial expression and the great feeling she can give to people."
Am I the only one disturbed by this? We condemn athletes for cheating and yet the Hosts actively deceive the world with this Milli Vanilli... How dare they say the wee lassie with the voice isn't picture perfect... that's shocking! She's a bonnie wee lass in her own unique way. In fact, she is an image bearer of God... someone who was fearfully and wonderfully made... just as we all are!
Reminds me of the lyrics from a Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy track called... Television drug of the nation...
It's the perpetuation of the two party systemShame on you Mr Chen! Shame on you for putting your country's image before the talent of a little girl.
Where image takes precedence over wisdom
Where sound bite politics are served to the fastfood culture
Where straight teeth in your mouth are more important than the words that come out of it
This is the tweet JD refers to in his comment... and it is so true. We are all worthy of love regardless of our appearance, talent or abstract that we use to differentiate ourselves. Why? because we are all the image bearers of God... made in His image... all worthy of our time and space.