First Chinese singers fined for lip-synching.
Two Chinese singers have become the first people in the country to fall foul of new rules banning lip-synching nearly two years after widespread criticism of miming at the Beijing Olympics' opening ceremony.
The two young female singers were spotted lip-synching during a concert in south western China's Chengdu city last year, the official Xinhua news agency said on its website.
"No signals were received from their microphones while the show was on," it quoted an official with the local government's cultural affairs office as saying.
The two have been fined 50,000 yuan each, Xinhua added.
China's feisty internet users frequently blame famous singers of short-selling their fans by lip-synching on stage.
But some have also wondered why these first fines were levelled against two almost unknown singers rather than more famous stars. "Why do they choose to keep their eyes closed when it's a famous singer miming?" one commentator wrote on the website of the Beijing Daily.
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