Open Letter Thursday…

I realize I’m a little late to this particular party, but I’ve decided to contribute my two cents anyway…

Dear Christina Aguilera,

I would like to put this out there right from the start…I’m not a fan.  Don’t get me wrong…I think you have an incredible voice. 

The problem is…you have no idea how to sing.  You oversing…everything! 

I have to tell you…it’s really annoying and off-putting. 

The main reason for my letter is to discuss your spectacular fail at the Superbowl.  

I’m not here to criticize you for messing up the words.  The National Anthem is a notoriously difficult song to sing and I can’t even imagine how nerve-wracking it was to stand up in front of an audience of millions.  You are only human and you certainly aren’t the first person to mess up while singing The Star Spangled Banner.  I mean…it wasn’t your proudest moment…but it wasn’t Roseanne Barr at the Padres game either. 

No, I’m not here for that…I’m here to criticize you for oversinging it. 

When your name was announced to sing the National Anthem, J and I both groaned.  The first thing I said was “This should be horrible.”  I had no idea just how bad it would be.

See…the singing of the National Anthem is one of my favorite parts of a football game.  I actually get goosebumps when I hear those first few words.  In my opinion, the National Anthem represents something special and sacred and it should be sung the way it was intended.  I think it is disrespectful to try to tailor the song to your own personal style.  It shouldn’t be subject to your interpretation.  You should go out there and sing it properly and without all the flair…and the oversinging. 

According to your Wikipedia page, you’ve sung the Anthem before dozens of sporting events throughout your career.  I have no doubt that you know the words.  I think you really did just get caught up in overdoing it and you truly did lose your place.  But maybe if you weren’t oversinging, you would have been able to concentrate on the lyrics more. 

I heard that you have been asked to sing it again in the coming weeks.  I am begging you to sing the song the way it was intended and not the way you did on Sunday.  With your amazing voice it could be incredible.  Please try not to screw it up again. 



 So tell me, dear readers…what did you think of X-tina and her epic fail?  What do you think of her in general? Do you think it’s ok for people to put their own spin on the National Anthem?