Christina Aguilera's Morning After Confession: 'Why I Flubbed The National Anthem'

Mon, February 7, 2011 10:36am EST by 9 Comments

Christina Aguilera explains her Super-giant lyrical lapse — but are you outraged … or just embarrassed for her?

Xtina did a fine job singing the national anthem before the Super Bowl last night. Not so much on the lyrics, which she’s probably sung a thousand times. She’s already issued a statement about what happened, and it sounds like she’s blaming the “moment” for her memory loss.

In her statement, Christina says, “I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my 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.”

It was less than a minute into her performance when Christina mixed up the lyrics. Instead of singing, “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming”, Christina sang, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.” A source told that the mistake was more than a little awkward, saying, “A hush fell over the stadium and everyone was looking at each other.” Luckily, Christina didn’t fumble, kept on going, and sang the rest of the lyrics correctly.

However, this is a mistake that won’t be so easily forgotten. Another source told Popeater, “This was the biggest performance of her career and she blew it. To mess up the lyrics was a disaster.” Christina was said to be “devastated” when she went backstage after her performance.

Before the Super Bowl, Christina had expressed how excited she was at having the opportunity to sing the National Anthem, saying, “I have been performing the anthem since I was seven years old and I must say the Super Bowl is a dream come true. I am really excited to be part of such an iconic event.”

Watch these videos of Christina singing the national anthem correctly!

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Watch her sing the anthem incorrectly!

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Posted at 1:36 AM on February 8, 2011  

Christina should issue a REAL apology and not some watered down publicist statement. A real apology usually includes the words “I’m sorry”. Perhaps she’s forgotten those words too.

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Posted at 1:18 AM on February 8, 2011  

She was so focused on adding syllables and singing with power that she forgot the words. Its sad to have a powerful voice like that yet have no performance skills. Highs and long vibratos are intended to be a passionate expression from the performer, but her long vibratos make zero sense. There is far to much noise and length added to words and parts of the song that are not climatic as written. Obviously Ms. Aguilera cannot read notes. She also just solidified the theory that she always sings with faux passion. Ugh, no one will ever beat Whitney. Every note hit, and every climatic moment performed perfectly. Miss Agilera needs to stop making noise, study music and respect the artist’s rendering.

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Phileas Fogg

Posted at 2:06 PM on February 7, 2011  

Details are important, especially when it comes to national pride or national respect. Ask any service member if getting the words to the national anthem right is important. Like me, most will say it is a sign of respect to do so. Another example of self centered narcissistic Hollywood Summers Eve dispenser who thinks phoning a phony show of respect for the country is good enough. If she had respect for her country she would practice and get it right.

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Posted at 1:52 PM on February 7, 2011  

Give the girl a break…she was nervous. She did a really good job and she recovered very well from her brief moment of forgetfulness. I wish America the Beautiful was our anthem anyway…the real anthem is cumbersome.

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Tamara S

Posted at 12:19 PM on February 7, 2011  

Someone who does professionally singing for a career—should have practiced a bit more. You may have the most awesome voice ever, but you can’t rest on that. Sad to say she let America down! :(

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Posted at 11:46 AM on February 7, 2011  

I agree with the other comments. It was a mistake and all is forgiven. No one at our party even noticed, she sang great and didn’t stop when she did mess up.

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Posted at 10:59 AM on February 7, 2011  

She messed up. It happens. No one is perfect.

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Posted at 10:56 AM on February 7, 2011  

Everyone makes mistakes. my boyfriend & i didn’t notice Christina mixing up the lyrics. Stuff like that happens to the best of us.

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Posted at 6:03 PM on February 7, 2011  

you did not notice because you did not know the lyrics either. if you knew the lyrics, you’ll know that she messed up. peace! :-)

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