A mild scandal of sorts erupted in the wake of the Chopstick Brothers’ “Xiao Pingguo” performance at the American Music Awards in California earlier this week when it was revealed that their dance routine never even made it to air.
The singing duo, Xiao Yang and Wang Taili, picked up the International Song Award for their hit song after their dance routine, although it all happened back stage. Now, Chinese netizens are calling the Chopstick Brothers (who aren’t even brothers) frauds and everything “Xiao Pingguo” stands for a lie. All lies!
[…] Chinese fans were outraged when the duo admitted they had lip-synched their performance, and it emerged the song was recorded during a commercial break, without featuring in the actual programme.
The award itself was presented backstage, rather than on screen, prompting some to speculate that the pair had paid for their triangular glass trophies.
“Chopstick Brothers bought an award” started trending on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter.
“I can’t stand that the Chopsticks Brothers lip-synched at an overseas awards ceremony!” said one user on Thursday. “They’ve lost face for us abroad.”
The show’s producers reject such wild allegations and insist that the prizes were “honorary” awards based on the artists’ popularity.