Singer exposes her lip-synching sham by holding her microphone upside down

2016-02-24 01:03:24 GMT2016-02-24 09:03:24(Beijing Time)  Agencies
Oops: star Sa Dingding's microphone is clearly the wrong way round as her broadcast performance beginsOops: star Sa Dingding's microphone is clearly the wrong way round as her broadcast performance begins

A well-known Chinese popstar accidentally revealed she was lip-synching instead of singing during a televised concert by brandishing her microphone the wrong way around.

Sa Dingding, a 32-year-old folk singer-songwriter from Inner Mongolia, was performing yesterday at the Lantern Festival Gala broadcast on channel CCTV 15 when the embarrassing faux-pas occurred, according to a report by People's Daily Online.

In 2009, China introduced a national ban on lip-synching by its pop stars following the controversy over the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games, along with the promise of a hefty fine.

Opening the song with a section of interpretive dance, the star only realised she was holding her microphone upside down when she began singing.

The video shows Sa smiling sheepishly as she quickly reverses her mistake before carrying on with her performance like a true professional as if nothing had happened.

After the broadcast ended, Sa reportedly took to Sina Weibo to tell her 1.6 million followers: 'Next time I'll sharpen up my acting skills'.

However, the post does not exist on Sa's account this morning. It's unclear whether or not she has taken it down.

Some internet commenters were not surprised, believing lip-synching is not uncommon in China.

One user 'Chen Jianqiang' wrote: 'How many singers don't lip sync in China? It would be news if Sa Dingding doesn't lip sync.'

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