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Talent makers say boy didn't mime

"CHINA'S Got Talent" officials yesterday dismissed claims that a 12-year-old Inner Mongolian orphan who wowed audiences with his stunning voice was miming on the hit show.

The boy, known as Uudam, performed at the Shanghai Concert Hall last month, singing the song "Mother in the Dream."

Audience members were won over by the pure tones of the boy who lost his parents in a road accident when he was eight years old.

But last Friday, a video clip released by - a website of Hong Kong-based broadcaster Phoenix Television - claimed Uudam was lip-synching.

The video also hinted this was an arrangement by the show's producers.

But Dragon TV, the Shanghai-based makers of "China's Got Talent," yesterday insisted the performance was live.

It said no news reporters of the website attended the recording of Uudam's performance nor put their accusations to the show's staff.

"We have many original sequences of Uudam's performance shot by 17 cameras that can clear our name," said Lu Wei, a spokesman for the show.

"The spread of the video clip on microblogs has hurt the child and the reputation of our show."

Lu said Dragon TV has yet to receive a response from and that the video is still posted on the website.

"We will reserve the right to investigate their legal liability depending on the website's reaction over the next few days," he added.

This is not the first controversy surrounding Uudam.

Earlier this month, some web users compared his performance of "Mother in the Dream" to an earlier version by another Inner Mongolian child, claiming the two versions are identical.

But the show's producers said analysis by audio engineers had proved they were sung by different people.


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