In a newly surfaced rehearsal video of the controversial National Anthem performance given by Christina Aguilera at this year’s Superbowl, we see that the talented vocalist DID in fact know the lyrics and was on pitch.

What is also seen are the horrible echos and acoustics of the arena that weren’t as easily heard with the crowds cheering and professional cameras used versus this video which was taken by someone actually sitting in the arena.

This makes me think that nerves truly did get the best of Christina, who already had a rough year. There was a lot riding on this performance, and she knew that. A huge pressure added to her already humongous task. As well, by having all the excess chaos at the televised performance, Christina stumbled on a note early on in her actual performance which most likely set the precedent for the rest of the performance since she could have been worried about that note and focused on it instead of what was coming next–a common practice of singers.

As you can see from this video, Christina was controlled and 100% on pitch, AND knew the lyrics. This video is a must see and definitely will offer a new perspective to the controversial performance. Check it out below and let me know your thoughts on the whole ordeal since we were still having issues when the performance originally happened.

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