January 23rd, 2012
10:31 AM ET
The national anthem has become one of the trickiest performances for even an experienced pro to belt out, as proved by Steven Tyler's latest effort.
The Aerosmith frontman tackled "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Sunday's AFC Championship football game, but not everyone was impressed.
Some were as harsh as former "Idol" judge Simon Cowell, with ESPN commentator Skip Bayless tweeting, "How could Patriots be inspired by that awful [a]nthem sung by Steven Tyler? At least give him some screaming guitars to camouflage voice."
The Bleacher Report warned Tyler, who now sits on "Idol's" judging panel, that if he were to ever turn in that performance on the Fox competition show, he wouldn't be earning a golden ticket.
"He tried to add his trademark scream to give it some pizzazz and signature feel, but it was too late," the Bleacher Report recaps. "This will go down as one of those horrible celebrity renditions of the national anthem."
Deadspin, meanwhile, is trying to figure out if Tyler's performance would win in a "worst national anthem performance of all time" competition, while Gawker has tried to let him down easy. "Steven definitely deserves an A+ for effort," the site says, "but maybe his singing voice just shouldn't leave the station again anytime soon."
Check out the clip above: Was his performance classic Steven Tyler, or should he stay away from attempting the national anthem in the future?
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