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Christina Aguilera Defends Herself After Super Bowl National Anthem Fumble

by Catherine Lawson, posted Feb 7th 2011 8:35AM
Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLVThe Twitterverse exploded Sunday night after Christina Aguilera fumbled the lyrics to the National Anthem during the pre-game show for Super Bowl XLV.

Aguilera should have sung: "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming?" but instead repeated an earlier line with a slight variation. She sang: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming."

Although the singer was unavailable for comment straight after the gaffe, she later released a statement to the Associated Press, in which she said that she flubbed the line after getting lost in the moment and losing her place.

"I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."



Aguilera previously sang 'The Star-Spangled Banner' at the NBA finals and was a part of the Super Bowl pre-game show in 2000. Her mistake at this show was duly noted by viewers, who lit up Twitter with -- mostly unkind -- posts commenting on her performance.

One person tweeted, "CHRISTINA AGUILERA. If you're going to sing the national anthembefore the biggest TV event ever, learn the words. Yes, all of them."

Another wrote: "Hey christina aguilera, little less time on the 12 quarts of lipstick and 90's business suit & more time on LEARNING THE NATIONAL ANTHEM!" Ouch.

Some viewers even said that the players had noticed the fluffed line: "Xtina messes up the national anthem.... Camera then turns to packers smirking at each other... It's already off to a great start!"

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JillianM

spare me, she had a big show to do, she should have MADE SURE she knew the words!!! Ya didn't see any of the football players forget to wear shoulder pads, or the guy selling beer and dogs, forget to collect the money, HANDLE THE JOB!!!

February 08 2011 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
noseless_wonder

I don't necessarily think her mess-up was that bad. However, when the lyrical mistake was added to a rendition that was overly-stylized, it made it seem worse. I'd be more interested in seeing someone just sing the song close to the original melody line instead of showing off by adding trills and extended notes. Wasn't the original intention of singing the anthem at the beginning of games to get the crowd to sing along as well?

February 07 2011 at 6:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Garry

Her apology is accept. Her statement is clear and precise: " I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through." Now I for one would rather have it sang loud and clear and keep the the alterations out of the music. But I still received her love that she and I share. I love the United States of America. Our Nation was built on the hardships of other cowdly countries. When things get tough is when the heart of the United States comes out. The problems today is one we blundered years ago. We caused this. Its time we fixed it. In the past we just changed a few things and we were ok. Not today. We gave up our secrets, our ways, and our money. We can not help others as long as we can not help our selves. AS lone as we keep parading down this road we will certainly crash.

February 07 2011 at 2:00 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
Space_Butler

Her statement is only going to damn her more, and rightfully so. You can't really say "well you get the gist of it" to an 8 line story that everyone above the age of 5 knows. Also, people would probably have been more forgiving if she wasn't trying to show off her usual crappy sing-songy vocals. It's the difference between getting in an accident, and getting in an accident because you wanted to power slide and show off for your friends.

February 07 2011 at 1:10 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
robin m

Please, world, stop reporting on what people "tweeted."

February 07 2011 at 12:26 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
devinmcmusters

Just like the half time show, style over substance. And I'm a large guy, but that Christina was huuuuge.

February 07 2011 at 8:57 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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