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Posted Mon, February 7, 2011 5:38pm EDT

Christina Aguilera Didn't Request A Teleprompter! Exclusive!

Christina was “visibly shaken” after her Super Bowl performance and new reports question whether she’s having a post-divorce meltdown

Christina Aguilera is garnering both criticism and sympathy from the American public after she messed up the lyrics of the national anthem in front of 111 million Super Bowl viewers last night. But why didn’t the 30-year-old have a teleprompter to help her with the words so many singers often fumble? Because she didn’t request one! A member of the production crew talks to about Christina’s mistake.

Our source, who wished to remain anonymous, says “It was an honor for Christina to be asked to sing the anthem. She made it clear she was very pumped for it.” So why didn’t she use a teleprompter or pre-record the song?

“Lip-syncing was not an option for Christina, especially with the runs she does in her singing. There was concern, ironically enough, that it would have looked bad had she lip-synced. She had done the song so many times that a teleprompter was not even requested. Nobody thought it was needed. We would have had to change the staging if we added one, and it would have been an unnecessary expense. Or so we thought at the time.”

The singer deserves props for belting out the difficult ‘Star-Spangled Banner’ tune live, and not attempting to record it before. It’s a shame she blundered over the line “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming”, and instead sang, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last reaming.”

Our insider adds, “She was visibly shaken when she went backstage, but none of us knew why. Most of the people in production didn’t even realize she had messed up and we were confused as to why she looked so upset. It wasn’t until the end of the first quarter that word had spread to the production crew about what happened. It was like a game of telephone, only a few people backstage noticed and by the second quarter everybody knew. It was obviously never her intention to mess up, and she was clearly very disappointed in herself, particularly because she had been so looking forward to the honor.”

This morning Christina released a statement saying she “got caught up in the moment” and “lost her place”. Meanwhile, a new Page Six report claims members of Christina’s staff are worried about her hard-partying ways and were going to stage an intervention, but she apparently threatened to fire anyone who mentioned she had a problem. Those close to the singer are reportedly concerned for her well-being and say she has been “acting erratically” ever since she filed for divorce from Jordan Bratman.

Regardless of whether or not it was alcohol or nerves that had Christina mixing up her words, Fergie put it best when she stood out in defense of her fellow Super Bowl performer: “”It’s such a huge venue, your nerves take a hold of you,” said Fergie. “I completely understand. She’s one of the best singers of our time. Nobody can take that away from you. … But you get nervous at these things. We’re human.”

Lorena O’Neil with reporting by Russ Weakland

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