October 20th, 2011
02:41 PM ET
Uh oh: “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery is getting flak for messing up the lyrics to the national anthem. According to USA Today, it sounds like the singer may have made a mistake at the World Series Wednesday night.
McCreery appears to sing "No José does that star-spangled banner" instead of "Oh say does that star-spangled banner" before Game One of the World Series in St. Louis.
A microphone malfunction also meant the singer had to start “The Star-Spangled Banner” over – maybe the 18-year-old was thrown off after his false start.
McCreery may have foreshadowed his future flub when he told Zap2It that he had been preparing for his World Series performance for days. "My mom's making me write down the lyrics on a piece of paper,” Scotty said. “And that's how I study. That's the way to learn."
Luckily, Scotty's voice was pitch-perfect. McCreery got a practice run in just a few weeks ago when he performed the national anthem before a North Carolina State football game.
According to Pollstar, Fox has announced the next three World Series national anthem singers. Country boys Trace Adkins and Ronnie Dunn will handle the singing for games 2 and 3, respectively, and “New Girl” star Zooey Deschanel will belt it before game 4.
McCreery’s first album “Clear As Day” debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 upon its release last week.
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