Christina Aguilera National Anthem and the 10 Best Botched Sports Performances
Don't worry, Christina. I am sure there weren't that many people watching. Oh wait, there were more people watching than just about anything possible.
Still, it was just a little slip by Christina Aguilera at Super Bowl XLV on Sunday evening in Dallas. A slight change of the words to "what so proudly we watched" instead of the more traditional, "o'er the ramparts we watched."
It's understandable. That is a whole two minutes' worth of lyrics she was supposed to remember. It's not like she has been singing the anthem her whole life. As she said herself, "I have been performing the anthem since I was seven years old."
While Aguilera's flub came on the biggest stage—as you will see—it was far from the worst gaffe in sports history.
No. 10: Keri Hillson
It's one thing to miss a word, or mispronounce a word. It is another thing to just miss complete phrases.
Keri Hilson performs for a living.
You wouldn't think the nerves of an Atlanta Hawks basketball game would be too much for her to handle. Maybe one of the players distracted her.
No. 9: Michael Bolton
As if Michael Bolton needed anything else for sports fans to make fun of for. You can tell the fans at the stadium were not on his side.
They jumped on the first chance they had to boo the sensitive singer.
I am guessing he would find a more receptive crowd at a figure skating competition.
No. 8: Natalie Gilbert
This young girl did a lot better with this anthem than I would have at that age—or any age. I am not here to fault her for freezing, but freeze she did.
She also gave an opportunity for Maurice Cheeks to display the finest coaching of his career.
No. 7: Roseanne Barr
If you are going to mock the national anthem, you better make sure it is hilarious.
And that is where Roseanne really botched this anthem.
The awkward and horrible singing just wasn't backed with enough humor to make this anything but a travesty.
No. 6: Guy Before Butterbean
So, singing the anthem at a Butterbean fight is far from the biggest stage. Still, you expect something a little better than this.
I ask this with deepest sincerity and seriousness: Was this guy wasted? I actually hope so. Otherwise I fear for his ability to function in the daily world.
It is hard to mess up anything that bad.
No. 5: Spoken Word Anthem
Did this guy volunteer for this? What was he thinking?
He obviously was not ready to handle the fiercely bright lights of this Little League game.
Note to self: Everything James Earl Jones says sounds cool. It doesn't mean it will when you say it.
No. 4: Carl Lewis
Carl Lewis can run really fast and jump really far. He should limit himself to those activities.
This is easily one of the worst performances of the anthems you will see.
You have to wonder why Lewis thought he could pull this off. He wasn't even close, and he stopped and restarted and still didn't get any closer.
No. 3: Hockey Girl
Sometimes in life, we all need a redo. Once in a while you even need a redo for your redo.
If you still haven't gotten it at that point, it may be time to reevaluate your endeavor.
While you can't call out this singer for lack of effort, the third time was not the charm...unless you are counting one of the all-time great bloopers as a "charm."
No. 2: Better Than All The Rest Group
Did this singing troupe sneak onto the field? Maybe one of them is the child of the facilities owner.
Maybe the real act forgot to show and they rounded up some teenagers to fill their spot.
There are many reasons why a group of people who can't sing and have obviously never tried singing together before would end up performing in public.
You have to applaud their song choice. Very brave in light of their "ability."
No. 1: Wardrobe Malfunction
So it wasn't the performers that messed up—it was just their clothes. Right? They wouldn't fib to us about such things.
OK, so maybe it was intentional, but it is also the most famous and notable performance gaffe in the history of gaffes.
It also paved the way for some excellent halftime performances, like Bruce Springsteen, The Who and Prince, among others.
The Most Recent and Slideshow Host: Christina Aguilera
Well, we already touched on this one in the intro.
As I am sure you have noticed, it is far from the worst mistake or performance on this list.
It did come on the world's biggest stage, however, and this is something Christina should have been able to pull off in her sleep.