February 28, 2010 / 11:37 PM / 8 years ago

Vancouver Games anthem gets French-language redo

TORONTO (Hollywood Reporter) - The Vancouver Games anthem “I Believe” has been reshot to include French-language lyrics to appease Quebec critics of the Vancouver Games broadcast.

The Olympic Broadcast Media Consortium, which is airing the Vancouver Games nationwide, on Saturday shot a new video for the 2010 Olympics theme song “I Believe,” initially sung in English by Canadian teen Nikki Yanofsky.

The new video, “I Believe/J‘imagine,” features Yanofsky and Quebec songstress Annie Villeneuve singing in both English and French. Villeneuve earlier recorded a French version of “I Believe,” entitled “J‘imagine.”

But after a firestorm of criticism from Quebec that the opening ceremony for the Vancouver Games paid too little attention to French-speaking Quebec, the CTV-led broadcast consortium assembled Yanofsky, Villeneuve and a backing chorus early Saturday morning at 2 a.m. at a deserted Olympic Cauldron, just west of the International Broadcast Center, for a reshoot.

The bilingual version of the theme song as set to be inserted Sunday night into the closing ceremony.

The move comes as the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee makes other last-minute changes to the Sunday night closing ceremony to include more French-language content. That includes Games organizers selecting Quebec figure skater Joannie Rochette -- who performed well enough for a bronze medal despite the death of her mother just before the Games began -- over a slew of gold medal winners to carry the flag for Canada.

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