Lauren Alaina may have played in front of millions every week on American Idol, but perhaps the Detroit Lions/Green Bay Packers Thanksgiving Day game overwhelmed her a little. Her nerves seemed to get the best of her as she fell silent for a few seconds, having apparently forgotten the words to the National Anthem.
Lauren is in good company this week as she joined fellow America Idol contestant Scoty McCreery, who beat her into second place, on the embarrassing singing gaffe. Even huge stars like Christina Aguilera have had problems with the National Anthem, though; at last year’s Super Bowl she actually sang the wrong lyrics to The Star-Spangled Banner, but kept singing. Yesterday, Lauren went completely silent for about five seconds in the middle of the song.
She sang with feeling up to “What so proudly we hailed, through the twi…” and then she trailed off into silence.
Brian Baumgartner, who plays Kevin Malone on NBC comedy “The Office,” was one of the many fans to see her mistake live and he Tweeted about it, quickly propelling her name into a top 10 Twitter trends!
“Oh Lauren Alaina… Poor you. Poor poor you….,” he wrote.
But Lauren quickly recovered and jumped back in on the line,
“Whose broad stripes and bright stars…”
Her smile never left her face and the sell-out crowd cheered loudly. As FOX’s Joe Buck, the TV announcer for the game, said,
“It’s all about how you finish.”
But Lauren Alaina owned up with dignity to her mistake. She Tweeted,
“I’m not a robot. I have No excuses. I messed up. You know what can ya do? At least didn’t fall down again.”
Nice comeback, don’t you think?