It was the best opportunity to capture the attention of millions of viewers. In fact, all eyes were glued as people settled down on the Cowboys Stadium and on their couches to watch Super Bowl XLV. Everything was about Greenbay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers but the National Anthem belonged to Christina Aguillera.
Unfortunately, she delivered the Superbowl’s first fumble by messing up the lyrics of the “Star -Spangled Banner.”
Instead of “O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?,” she said, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming?” a line that she already delivered earlier.
Just like any fumble in this day and age, it gets captured in video via YouTube and people show their annoyance through Twitter. The video is here while here’s a sample of some Twitter posts:
“Sad Really: Shoutout to Cristina Aguillera for the first fumble of the Super Bowl,” @MickeyFactz said.
“Christina Aguillera butchered the melody and messed up the lyrics,” says @judy4arizona.
“I think Christina Aguillera spent too much time Just showing off her vocal range and lost the plot a bit!” according to @piersmorgan.
“It’s Official: Christina Aguillera to guest star on “Don’t Forget the Lyrics,” @DannyGallows joked.
“Christina Aguillera needs to spend less on the makeup and more on lyrics memorization,” @sullivan_dan added.
First time jitters maybe? Her Wikipedia page, however, states that “throughout her youth in Pittsburgh, Aguilera sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before Pittsburgh Penguins hockey, Pittsburgh Steelers football and Pittsburgh Pirates baseball games, including during the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals.
To add insult to injury, 100,000 people packed the Cowboys Stadium with an estimated 100 million watching on television.