They say the national anthem, of any country for that matter, is the hardest song to sing in public. The pressure is there. And not even the five-time Grammy award winner Christina Aguilera found it easy to sing.
Aguilera completely dissed both the ramparts and the fact that o'er them, we could see the broad stripes and bright stars gallantly streaming, by skipping that line entirely. Instead she sang: "What so proudly we watched at the twilight's last gleaming." That was a pseudo-repeat of the earlier lyric, "What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming."
Cristina eventually apologized for the “memory gap” by saying:
“I got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through.”
Oo nga naman. It’s the thought that counts. LoL!
Well, we Pinoys have our share of singers forgetting the lyrics or not following the right tempo and putting their own singing style (which, by the way, isn't an issue with the Americans) of the Philippine National Anthem, not to mention some who goes out of tune. And there’s a video compilation of that I found in YouTube: