No room for error when chosen to perform national anthem

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By Kathryn Jacewicz, Staff writer

Superbowl XLV may have been the most-watched event in history, but I was not among the some hundred million football fanatics glued to the set Sunday night.

I didn’t see a need to watch, being that my beloved Bears decided to eliminate themselves from Super Bowl contention on Jan. 23, which just so happens to be my birthday.

Thanks for the lovely gift, guys.

Instead, I spent Super Bowl Sunday curled up in bed trying to sleep off this winter bug that’s been going around and inevitably caught up to me late last week. I did, however, briefly tune into the Puppy Bowl and was less than impressed with those dogs’ ability to fetch.

Monday morning when I went online to catch up, I found less news about the actual game but more about Christina Aguilera’s new “arrangement” of the national anthem.

Some could argue the problem began when Christina Aguilera was tapped to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Don’t get me wrong, I think she is one of the best talents to enter the music scene in recent years, but her voice and style are very unique and modern—two words that just don’t mix with “national” and “anthem.”

I’d be willing to bet money that the majority of Americans want to hear a traditional version of our anthem.

I’d also be willing to bet they’d want to hear a traditional version with the correct lyrics.

The flub happened when Aguilera sang, “What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last gleaming,” instead of the correct line, “O’er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming.”

That’s a pretty big oops.

CNN published a statement that was reportedly released by her publicist shortly after the incident.

“I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place,” Aguilera said. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”

Whatever you say, Xtina.

Being “lost in the moment” doesn’t really cut it. For someone who just days before the Super Bowl told media outlets that she has been performing the national anthem since she was 7 years old, you expect better.

As an American, you expect better.

I’ve been performing for years. I’ve had my off days and I know we’re all only human. But it’s hard to justify any excuse when it comes to singing the national anthem. When performing our anthem, you’re representing our people and our country.

Whether broadcast to the millions or in a room of a few people, “The Star-Spangled Banner” is an honor and a privilege—something that should never be taken lightly.