This was one of the biggest performances of young Hunter Hayes‘ entire career, singing for millions of viewers before the Cubs vs. Indians critical game six Nov. 1. But unfortunately for the 25-year-old star, the fans at home didn’t think much of his country-infused rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. He sang the song a cappella, so his voice was the total showcase of the moment, and sadly for him his instrument fell flat a couple of times.
It really wasn’t that bad, we’re not talking Roseanne Barr level crazy antics or anything and he sang with so much heart. It was clear the “Wanted” singer was being earnest and trying to prove his musical chops, but it just didn’t translate well with such a beloved song. He spent the afternoon on Twitter, showing off pics and video from his sound checks and getting prepped before the big game. Hunter was even so honored he wrote, “Getting to sing the National Anthem at the
#WorldSeries feels to me like I’d imagine a home run feels to someone who plays baseball! Stoked.” So here’s how it turned out:
— Amanda (@mandapannnda) November 2, 2016
Well bless his heart, because the performance wasn’t a home run with the folks on Twitter, who absolutely eviscerated it as if he’s botched the words or sang the song backwards! You’d think he did something stunningly bad by the internet backlash, because it was SO harsh!
I'm more offended by how Hunter Hayes just sang the national anthem than Colin Kaepernick kneeling during the national anthem. #WorldSeries
— Danger Atkins (@dangeratkins) November 2, 2016
Hopefully game 6 will be better than Hunter Hayes singing the National Anthem
— Jess✨ (@jesse_smith13) November 1, 2016
— Alex Tomasic (@dunkin_addict) November 1, 2016
Hunter Hayes sounds like a pillowcase full of kittens being slung against a curb.
— Thor: NIGnarok (@hosienation) November 1, 2016
This Hunter Hayes dude suuuuucks
— Dylan Connolly (DCONN) (@DCONN24) November 1, 2016
Owner of the Indians after Hunter Hayes "sang" The Star Spangled Banner, "That ought to shut these people up." #Cubs
— Boop The Snoot (@BreakTheRock) November 2, 2016
I don't know who Hunter Hayes is, but that was a pretty terrible rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner.
— 𝙱𝚛𝚊𝚍𝚕𝚎𝚢 𝙼𝚊𝚛𝚒𝚜𝚔𝚊 (@Bradley_Mariska) November 1, 2016
— Jason Williams (@williamswrites) November 2, 2016
Hunter Hayes singing the national anthem for game 6 of the World Series……..everybody loses 😒
— Colton Young (@coltonyoung32) November 1, 2016
But Hunter did have some defenders on Twitter when the haterade became too much.
Sounded like Hunter Hayes was a little nervous singing. I think it shows humility & makes him more like us regular ppl #WorldSeries
— Kristin Jamroz (@k_roz) November 2, 2016
hunter Hayes pic.twitter.com/zl5H9zeXbm
— Philly Elmo stan (@JWerthsBeard) November 1, 2016
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Hunter’s performance? Do you agree with the haters or think he did a nice job?