Vancouver Games anthem revamped

French lyrics added to appease Quebec critics

TORONTO -- Canada's Olympic Broadcasting Media Consortium has come to the rescue of the Vancouver Games' closing ceremony Sunday night by producing a bilingual video of the Olympic theme song "I Believe."

Facing criticism from French-speaking Quebec that the 2010 Olympic opening ceremony paid too little attention to La Belle Provence, the CTV-led broadcast consortium on Saturday shot a bilingual video entitled "I Believe/J'imagine."

The Olympics theme song "I Believe" was sung in English by Canadian teen Nikki Yanofsky, while Quebec songstress Annie Villeneuve sang for a separate French version.

But after the Quebec media complained that Villeneuve's contribution to the Olympic theme song was overlooked for the Games' closing ceremony, Canadian broadcaster CTV paid $400,000 to produce a "I Believe/ J'imagine" video that features both Yanofsky and Villeneuve in a tribute to Canadian athletes.

The broadcast consortium assembled Yanofsky, Villeneuve and a backing chorus early Saturday morning at 2 am at a deserted Olympic Cauldron, just west of the International Broadcast Center, for the video shoot.

Production of the bilingual video comes as the Vancouver Olympic Organizing Committee made 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.