Local musicians sound off on Aguilera's anthem flub

By Don Logana - bio | email

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than 100 million people watched the Super Bowl Sunday night.

Before the first snap, maybe while you were settling in, washing down the wings, one of the biggest Super Sunday moments took place: The National Anthem. However, it was not as scripted.

Monday morning quarterbacks are all a Twitter about Christina Aguilera's rendition of the Star Spangled banner, or, what some are calling, the Star Spangled Disaster.

"She started off well. I was surprised she did it accapella, which was wonderful," Roger Moss, local vocalist and director of the Savannah Children's Choir, told WTOC. "She's a great singer, and then all of a sudden, the oops happened."

Aguilera, by verse four, sang the lyric, "Oh so proudly we watched" instead of "O'er the ramparts we watch'd."

"She forgot the words," Moss said. "I think she was focused so much on what I call the vocal gymnastics that she forgot the lyric. She just repeated the line before, she didn't even get that part right."

Moss wasn't the only one who noticed Aguilera's now instantly infamous Super Bowl moment.

"It was ridiculous," he said.

Within seconds, Facebook and Twitter lit up with comments, good, bad and ugly.

"It's on the news right now. It's all over the place," Devon Swanson told WTOC.

Swanson and Lauren Farabee didn't catch it when it happened.

"I didn't notice anything. I don't think the rest of the bar did either," Swanson said.

"I didn't know anything was missing or messed up about it," Farabee said.

They do now.

"She needs to be fired," Swanson said. "From life."

"I don't think it was too big of a disgrace, you know. People make mistakes," Farabee said.

"I get nervous singing at a birthday party. It's just one of those things," Jeff Parys told WTOC.

Parys is a professional musician and was watching at home.

"I know it got a lot of people upset but we're all human," he said.

"I can forgive you for forgetting the lyrics to a Lady Gaga song, but not the national anthem? Come on," Moss said.

Aguilera released a statement saying, "I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for the country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

"No. I saw that she loved her voice," Moss said.

But, I turned the tables on the national anthem veteran. "How many times have you sang the national anthem?"

"Hundreds of times," Moss said.

"Ever forgotten the words"

"I forgot the words. It was horrible," Moss said with a big laugh. "I am being hard on her but I can understand."

In her defense, Moss says at least Aguilera didn't lip synch. And, she was in front of a massive crowd in Dallas at the Super Bowl.

"She's Christina. She'll be fine," Moss said.

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