February 7th, 2011
09:40 AM ET

Christina Aguilera does know the words to the national anthem

Okay, so Christina Aguilera did a lyrical switch-up while performing the national anthem at the Super Bowl on Sunday.

But let’s think back to happier times, when she belted out “The Star-Spangled Banner” at both Game 6 and Game 7 of the NBA finals last summer.

See? She DOES know the words!

As she said in a statement, last night was just a fluke.

“I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place,” the 30-year-old singer told CNN. “I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of it's anthem still came through.”


Filed under: Celebrities • Christina Aguilera • Music
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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September 25th, 2009
11:49 AM ET

Finding the good ... everywhere!

Look what you've started!  Not only has your response to our little "TMZ antidote" been overwhelming (and heartwarming), but suddenly do-gooding celebs are coming out of the woodwork!

Thursday, the Clinton Global Initiative honored Brad Pitt for helping to rebuild hurricane-ravaged New Orleans.  So far, Pitt's "Make It Right" project has completed 13 eco-friendly single-family houses in the city's Ninth Ward, all with such features as "green roofs" which dramatically reduce heating and cooling costs.  Pitt says the project's goal is to build 150 such houses.

Meanwhile, the Hollywood trade paper Variety hosted a "Power of Women" luncheon in Beverly Hills, and I don't know whether it was a coincidence, or they were just sucking up to you Find The Good readers, but it seemed everyone wanted to discuss their charitable work:

  • Christina Aguilera was honored for her role in the World Hunger Relief program.
  • Jamie Lee Curtis talked about her involvement with Starlight Starbright, which she says helped her young son when he landed in the hospital with a ruptured spleen a few years back.
  • "Mad Men" star and shark lover January Jones told us about her work to save the world's oceans with Oceana.
  • One of my favorite actresses, Maria Bello, discussed being an active member of the Save Darfur Coalition.
  • And perhaps most apropos to this blog, Anne Hathaway is one of many celebs working with Service Nation, which is trying to "inspire a new era of voluntary citizen service."

Because reading about all of these worthy causes is great, but at some point, you do want to get involved, right?

September 24th, 2009
09:30 PM ET

Doing lunch with Hollywood hotties

Here's to the ladies who lunch (to quote Stephen Sondheim)!

Anne Hathaway, Sigourney Weaver, Christina Aguilera, Jamie Lee Curtis, Mad Men's January Jones and Eva Longoria Parker were just a few of the stars who turned out for a "Power of Women" luncheon in Beverly Hills today.

Impressions:

  • I had to stifle the urge to call Jamie Lee the "Activia" lady.  She's always great on an arrival line–smart, real, passionate and refreshingly candid.  She said she didn't give a hoot about fashion and just slips on a black cocktail dress for this kind of event.
  • Eva stepped from behind the wheel of a Bentley Continental GTC convertible looking like a million bucks.  Or, if you  throw in the price of the car, like $1.2 million.
  • It wouldn't surprise me if January didn't finish her meal.  She's just a wisp of a gal– tipping the scales at maybe 90 lbs.  I saw her outside later smoking a cig.  That may be her diet secret!
  • Sigourney.  Wow!  Tall, regal and refined, erudite yet approachable.   I would follow her into battle.
  • Anne.  Dressed to the nines (as usual) in what she called a "frock".  She laughingly referred to the color of her dress as "moutarde", saying "mustard" didn't sound as elegant.   She's an impossible combo– goofy and elegant at the same time.  And utterly charming.
  • Christina.  Can't tell you what she was like.  She posed for still photographers, but skipped out on the TV crews!   Hope there's a next time!
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