Aguilera enters 'twilight' zone at Super Bowl
February 6th, 2011
09:39 PM ET

Aguilera enters 'twilight' zone at Super Bowl

O say, can Christina have a do-over?

Christina Aguilera helped kick off Sunday’s Super Bowl with a singer’s nightmare, flubbing the words of "The Star-Spangled Banner" about 40 seconds into the song as tens of millions prepared to watch the game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Standing at midfield at Texas' Cowboys Stadium, the singer-actress mixed a previously sung clause with the one she was supposed to be on.

Here's what she sang, with the error in bold:

"O say can you see, by the dawn’s early light,
What so proudly we hail’d at the twilight’s last gleaming,
Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight
What so proudly we watched at the twilight’s last [unintelligible].”

That fourth line was supposed to be: "O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming."

In a statement released by her publicist, Aguilera explained what
happened:

"I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place," the
singer 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."

Aguilera isn't the first person to have trouble with the song, as Time magazine's "Top 10 Worst National-Anthem Renditions" will remind us.

The list includes Michael Bolton's effort at a 2003 playoff baseball game in Boston's Fenway Park, where he had to pause midsong and check some notes before correctly getting through the same line that troubled Aguilera.

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Jane Lynch: Super Bowl + 'Glee' = Awesome
February 6th, 2011
02:28 PM ET

Jane Lynch: Super Bowl + 'Glee' = Awesome

It might seem like a weird mix, but "Glee" star Jane Lynch thinks the Fox hit and the Super Bowl make a great team.

Speaking during a conference call about the highly anticipated "Glee" episode set to air on Super Bowl Sunday, Lynch said the two are not mutually exclusive.

"[F]ootball is very masculine and basically, to me, anyway, a metaphor for war," Lynch said. "And then you’ve got these 'light in your loafers' guys, and I’m talking about even the straight guys, singing and dancing. I think it’s a terrific world we live in and I love seeing these two things come together."

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Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar
February 6th, 2011
12:00 PM ET

Ahead of the curve: Weekly pop culture calendar

Gleeks, the McKinley High glee club will soon be back in action. (Can we all say, "finally"?)

There's been a lot of buzz about this "Thriller"-themed episode that's airing after the Super Bowl tonight - do you think it'll live up to the hype? We'll soon find out!

But that's not all that's happening: Justin Bieber's got a movie, JWoww's got an advice book and Chris Brown is coming to a "Saturday Night Live" near you. Check out what not to miss this week after the jump.

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