Rain Drinks In Olympics Emotion

    August 26, 2008 10:00

    Korean pop star Rain (center) sings “Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing” with fellow acting and singing stars Hong Kong's Kelly Chen (right) and China’s Cecilia Han at the closing ceremony of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the Beijing National Stadium on Sunday.
    Singer Rain has spoken about performing at the Beijing Olympic closing ceremony on Sunday. The Korean singer sang the closing theme song “Beijing, Beijing, I Love Beijing” with other Chinese stars, including Hong Kong-based Kelly Chen, Taiwanese singer Wang Leehom, and Chinese star Cecelia Han.

    There had been increasing curiosity surrounding Rain’s participation in the ceremony, because his agency refused to confirm it. On Monday, the agency finally broke its silence, saying, “Rain signed a contract to perform at the closing ceremony some three months ago when the International Olympic Committee made an official request. But the contract required us to keep it confidential.”

    Before going onstage, Rain said he felt honored and excited when first asked to perform, as though he had been chosen for the national squad. He also seemed overwhelmed with joy after the ceremony. “I have never felt this nervous since my debut,” he said. “I was very moved to see people around the world gather and enjoy this occasion of harmony and festival.”

    Rain is currently working on his fifth album.

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