By Jim Armstrong, WBZ-TV

BOSTON (CBS) – It’s our country, put to music – and it can be inspiring, uplifting, even exhilarating.

But one thing our national anthem is NOT, and that’s easy to sing. Just ask Christina Aguilera.

Tens of millions heard her turn the fourth line of the anthem, into a repeat of the second at the start of last night’s Super Bowl broadcast.

WBZ-TV’s Jim Armstrong reports.

Everyone knew something was wrong and so did she, but she kept going, which is what the experts say she had to do.

“When she messed up the words, I was listening and I kind of caught it,” explains Mix 104.1 morning host Kennedy Elsey. “I didn’t know exactly what she’d done wrong, but I knew something wasn’t right.”

Kennedy should know. She’s sung our national anthem many times, in front of huge audiences, most recently in September of last year at Fenway Park. Forgetting the words is her number one fear.

“I’m very sympathetic toward her. I don’t feel that anything she did was disrespectful.”

Aguilera apologized almost immediately, saying she flubbed the words because she was overcome with emotion.

Comments (6)
  1. Ellen says:

    So Christina made a flub in her rendition of the National Anthem, so what. I was more upset when they had that loser Roseanne Bar signing or should I say screaming out the National Anthem, now that was horrible to say the least.

  2. nancy says:

    I’m sure christina knew the words – she just got caught up in the moment. leave her alone. she made a mistake. if she had had music behind her it probably would not have happened. acapella is heard. she was great.

  3. Filipino says:

    I had no idea what a stupid newcaster Jack Williams is until he made a comment about not realizing the Philippines had a national anthem. The country under American rule for more than 40 years. The country who fought side by side with Americans. He must be dumb or doesn’t know history which makes him not qualified to be a newscaster.

  4. Sam Berry says:

    I was at Fenway when you sang the National Anthem – you nailed it ,girl! Beautifully done;; no styling it up, just a heartfelt, sincere tribute to our country. The crowd loved it; cheered like it was a Red Sox grand slam.

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