Which will create the bigger pop-culture stir: Christina Aguilera flubbing the lyrics of the national anthem or holding the final, lung-busting note for seven seconds?
It could be a tossup, although her wording whoops was on the Internet almost before she finished the song. Aguilera, who chose to sing the difficult song live instead of pre-recorded, belted “what so proudly we watched” instead of the correct lyrics, “o’er the ramparts we watched.”
She’ll get mercilessly ribbed, especially since this isn’t her first Super Bowl performance. She was part of the 2000 halftime show. Anyway, give Aguilera credit for looking classy in a black suit and for holding that show-stopping end note.
Hey, she was way better than, um, Roseanne Barr.
"I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through," she said in a statement after the performance.
Aguilera, who took the stage in a black dress, was returning to the Super Bowl after being one of the performers during the halftime show in Atlanta in 2000.
After it was announced that Aguilera would be singing the national anthem for the 2011 Super Bowl, she said in a news release that she had been performing the song since she was 7 and was "excited to be part of such an iconic event."