accessAtlanta

City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP
City & State or ZIP Tonight, this weekend, May 5th...
City & State or ZIP

Lauren Alaina flubs National Anthem lyrics; Scotty McCreery caught lip-syncing

Lauren Alaina sang the National Anthem at the Packers-Lions game Thursday night. CREDIT: AP

Lauren Alaina sang the National Anthem at the Packers-Lions game Thursday night. CREDIT: AP

It was a tough day for the top two season 10 “Idol” contestants.

Lauren Alaina forgot the words for a moment to the National Anthem before the Lions-Packers game Thanksgiving. She was supposed to sing “at the twilight’s last gleaming” but started to sing “through the twi…” Her brain must have realized she sang the wrong word and she froze. After about three seconds, she skipped “at the” and started with “last gleaming.” She then finished the song without incident. “It’s all in how you finish,” announcer Joe Buck said.

She owned up to it on Twitter soon after:

Thank you everyone for the kind words. But the truth is I messed up. I’m gonna spend the rest of the day being thankful for all my blessings

And winner Scotty McCreery didn’t start his cue on time during his lip-synced portion of “A Trouble With Girls” at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. Yes, everyone I saw yesterday at the parade was lip-syncing so that’s not the issue. He just missed the first three words of his song so he made it really obvious:

I saw him on Channel 2 WSB-TV last night at the Macy’s Great Tree Lighting at Lenox sing “Christmas Cookies” with no problems and he sang live. On Twitter, McCreery didn’t comment about the lip-syncing issue but did say he enjoyed Atlanta:

great time at the show tonight for Macy’s in Atlanta! now time for some thanksgiving grub!

Here’s the first season 11 “Idol” promo with actual contestants (but no singing):

Join my Facebook fan page and Twitter.

By Rodney Ho, Radio & TV Talk

118 comments Add your comment

[...] more Lauren Alaina flubs National Anthem lyrics; Scotty McCreery caught lip-syncing at Radio & TV Talk… You Might Also Like…Lauren Alaina debuts at No. 5 on [...]

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
9:36 am

Thanks Rodney.

I’m not sure that missing your lip sync cue is a big deal, especially in a parade. I feel bad for Lauren however. Scary enough to sing the National Anthem but missing a word and letting it throw her off must have been really upsetting to her. She got it back together very quickly which in and of itself is pretty hard to do. I thought Joe Buck’s statement was really kind but it hasn’t stopped a lot of mean-spirited folks from maligning this sweet girl.

These two people, Scotty and Lauren, are not my favorite winner or runner-up by far but they are nice kids with nice voices.

ROB WAS ROBBED

November 25th, 2011
9:36 am

These are good kids and good singers, and they’;re young, too. They will overcome this. I hope we don’t dwell on these situations for the rest of these kids lives. I expect they will excell in their lives.

RK

November 25th, 2011
9:46 am

I think it would be news if someone on one of those floats didn’t lip-sync…

Not Shocked!!!

November 25th, 2011
10:36 am

Pia was so much better than these two!!!!!!

JTesla

November 25th, 2011
10:39 am

Happy Flub Day. Oh well, things like that happen, good recovery and I bet she never does that again because one time is horrifying enough.

I’m with RK regarding the float thing.

bobw

November 25th, 2011
10:51 am

The National Anthem flub was a disaster. It shows how stupid most of the country reallt is. How can you forget the words to your own countries National Anthem?!?!?! Also these two mess ups give a black eye to American Idol which is not such a bad thing since that show should have been off the air years ago.

Pitchy

November 25th, 2011
10:55 am

Morning. I caught the middle of Scotty’s song. I like his voice, but his signing out the side of his mouth is weird (for me only).

Singing the National Anthem for some reason gives people brain freezes.

Amber

November 25th, 2011
11:04 am

Kinda harsh, bobw, dontcha think? I think I would forget my own name if I was singing in front of millions.

Happy Holidays!

judy

November 25th, 2011
11:07 am

Lauren is beautiful, has a beautiful voice, and that song is difficult, no matter what! Ever try it? Especially in front of thousands!! A cue card is the safest bet to avoid “stage fright” when singing or speaking in front of an audience, She is right, being thankful for blessings is a very positive response and after all….if that’s the worst thing that ever happens to her, she will be blessed even more than she already is. God, bless her, she’s a sweetheart!

bobw

November 25th, 2011
11:18 am

COme on people. She doesn’t get a pass for this one. Amber I agree I prob would be nervous too but this is her job now, this is what she wanted to do. And Judy,”Cue Cards” for our own countries Nathional Anthem. Give me a break!!!

Patricia Stultz

November 25th, 2011
11:22 am

I agree these two represent America at it’s best. They can do no wrong in my eyes, ever.

MyPatootie

November 25th, 2011
11:23 am

Saw her on the Performances special from the White House the other night, and she did a great job, even with Mr. and Mrs. O’bummer sitting right there in the front row. She has lost some weight and is getting more and more prettier. She has a great personality, I hear from those in Nashville. She is still young so give her a break. Some of these old-timers forget the words and that’s inexcusable. Oh, BTW, I knew it was obviously lip-syching going on when I saw Rodney Atkins singing. If you ever hear him in person you will wonder how he ever made it.

RxDawg

November 25th, 2011
11:27 am

I do not find enjoyment at their expense. However, I do find a certain amount of self satisfaction in that the people who voted these two in as the winner and front runner just simply don’t recognize musical talent and don’t know what they’re doing when it comes to music. These are the same people who buy up Taylor Swift and Miely Cyrus and thus allow the music industry to shower them with what I think are undeserved acclamades. Scotty and Lauren should not of won and this pretty much reinforces that thought.

It also makes me wonder if I’ll ever enjoy another season of American Idol. Because for now, I usually enjoy it up until the top 4 or so. I think it would be great if one of these shows would embrace the teens choice of music and contestants leave the other talented people for the other shows.

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
11:31 am

bobw…the song is difficult enough, even for those of us singing in the stands. In front of 50,000+ live with the reverb in the stadium(in other words, she’s hearing herself twice, the second time a few seconds AFTER she has already sung a line)is it any wonder that so MANY professional singers bobble it. AND may I add that many of the pros lip-sync the song in that situation.

For a 17(or is she 18 now) year old, the recovery was terrific

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
11:35 am

Rx. I gave up hoping my favorite would win a few years ago and just enjoy watching the talent learn and grow(or not) during the season. They may not all be good but they are interesting and most of them are trying really hard.

I find that effort so much better than XF where glitz, showmanship and backing tracks seems to be the order of the day.

Pitchy

November 25th, 2011
11:45 am

@Deirdre – I do likeXFactor, but all the showmanship is cheesy. I can’t sing a lick, but I bet with all that background music, backup singers and fabulous lights behind me, I too may get through for at least one more week. XFactor should let America hear their voices and look for such a professional production number for all these newbies.

Airborne!

November 25th, 2011
11:47 am

@bobw, I agree with you. I’m sorry you don’t give someone a pass for flubbing the National Anthem. You give them a pass for lip-syncing or messing up words to some random song. It’s the National Anthem people!!! I know she’s only 17 or 18 or whatever but it is truly offensive for me, a soldier in the United States Army, to watch someone, who’s sole job is to perform in front of people, screw up their own countries National Anthem!!!! Learn the words, or don’t accept the invitation to sing it. Put a soldier up there, he won’t forget…

Pitchy

November 25th, 2011
11:51 am

Great point, Airborne….put a soldier up there to sing the Anthem. Even if they can’t sign, the meaning of the words to the song would be even more poignant. Who said a good singer had to perform the song. Wait, wait, forgot Roseanne Barr was asked to screech….

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
11:57 am

Aguilera, Bolton, Lauper have all sung the NA live and messed it up. Most others sing along with a pre recorded version.

And I would bet even a soldier would have trouble with the words when facing that many people and the echo in the stadium. How many times have you been in a stadium(big or small) when you have to stop singing for a few secondes because the sound is echoing and it’s hard to find where you are in the lyrics? Happens all the time.

Pitchy

November 25th, 2011
12:07 pm

The two best renditions of the NA was by far, Marvin Gaye. Next, Whitney Houston. I believe her version was pre-recorded.

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

And to all of you saying “she should learn the words”. She KNOWS the words…we ALL know the words and we all screw them up sometimes. Proof?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XVmY-qzOkKE

Billy

November 25th, 2011
12:09 pm

bobw, Our national anthem is terrible. Someone took the first stanza of a poem and set it to music. It’s a difficult song to sing well.”America the Beautiful” would be a much better anthem in my opinion.

But the real question is this: stupid? Really? Learn the difference between “countries” and “country’s” and you might have room to talk. She forgot the words to a song in front of a stadium of thousands and a tv audience of millions. She’s still a kid. Give her a break and quit acting like it was a treasonous offense.

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 25th, 2011
12:21 pm

Good maybe this will be the last time we hear about her

BILLY MAYS HERE

November 25th, 2011
12:22 pm

whitefeather 68

November 25th, 2011
12:27 pm

Lauren’s mistake seems small in comparison to Christian Aguilara’s
butchery of the anthem.

Pitchy

November 25th, 2011
12:32 pm

Watching the video, the mistake was so small. She quickly realized she used the wrong word, paused, then continued singing it effortlessly. Sheesh, it’s not a big deal and deserves all this scrutiny. The most seasoned singer has forgotten their own lyrics. To err is human….

sfmitch

November 25th, 2011
12:42 pm

At least Rosanne remembered all of the words.

Sam

November 25th, 2011
12:44 pm

Amazing video of a high school senior from Columbia TN who kicks the ball dead straight 75-80 yards in the air. He was successful on 54 of 54 attempts this season….100%. Now he needs a college team.

Watch for yourself…it is unreal!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S_JKwgwFY3g

brk

November 25th, 2011
12:46 pm

what they need to do is get the Marine or Army band to sing the NA & not let these twerps try to sing it & mess it up the NA is hard to sing

Monty

November 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

She’s 17. Sometimes we see these stars to much that we forget that some of them are still kids; give her a break. Anyways, I hope all of you had a happy Thanksgiving!

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
12:47 pm

Don’t you just love it when school is out? ;-)

bob

November 25th, 2011
12:49 pm

Since Scott also flubbed the Star Spangled Banner earlier in the year, maybe American Idol should have all of the contestants, or at least the top 5, learn the words.

Reality Check

November 25th, 2011
1:04 pm

Bobw, Really? I have heard worst from much more experienced signers and professionals. Airborne, I come from a military family where not only did my Dad & father-in-law serviced but also my husband, daughter & currently my son. I am more offended and ashame by your lack of compassion and understanding. Happy Thanksgiving all.

ATL Guy

November 25th, 2011
1:20 pm

Can you imagine the comments you would get on this board if one of Obama’s kids sang and flubbed the words to the national anthem? The Republicans would match to the White House with pitchforks and torches!!!

frommie

November 25th, 2011
1:34 pm

Lip Synching? Really?

Does anyone remember how Milli Vanilli was ostracized? (No I am NOT a fan)

If it wasnt good then, why should it be good now? Saw it on XFactor and it was obvious. If I went to a concert and that happened I would be very upset. After all, these people are famous or being paid for the voices…not recordings. Jeez…even I could be a great singer if I only had to lip sync

What a crock from all of you who support this

mojo

November 25th, 2011
1:36 pm

No big deal on the lip syncing..its done in almost all the time at parades.

Steve

November 25th, 2011
1:48 pm

The fact that either one of these things is actually wasting time on the news is retarded. They’re human too. They’re kids. Everyone just back off them, their talents, their style, etc. and TRY to have a mature reaction as if they were your own kids. Every comment I see about them, especially the negative ones, makes me livid. It’s the season of kindness, so grow up.

jimmie

November 25th, 2011
1:59 pm

billy mays is a loser..oh yea, hes dead

siouxl

November 25th, 2011
2:01 pm

I imagine Scotty Mccreery did not go to the producers of the Macy’s Parade and said “Hey guys, I am not gonna sing live but lip sync”. I kinda imagine the producers told him what the hell to do…I am also sick of hearing that he screwed up the National Anthem…If any of you actually heard the him sing the song and know anything about accents and just realize that everybody knows the first 2 words of the frickin’ song…Really does anyone believe truely that he sang No Jose instead of Oh Say…I am shaking my head that some people truely make something out of nothing.

bobw

November 25th, 2011
2:06 pm

Listen I dont care how much experience you have. This is what she does for a living, and its the National Anthem of the country she lives in. No excuse, I’m sure she still took the money to sing that song yesterday. Its just embarresing that people dont know the words. And its more embarrassing when it happens in front of the whole country on one of the most American holidays we have.

jimmie

November 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

bobw..17 years old…how long did it take you to go to the bathroom and breathe at the same time..i’m guessing 20

bobw

November 25th, 2011
2:09 pm

And yes people do lip sync the National Anthem. Whitney Houston lip synced the National Anthem before Super Bowl 25 in Tampa. She recorded it a few days earlier in the week.

jimmie

November 25th, 2011
2:10 pm

hmmm…bobw is a gay male and lauren is a hetero attractive female..now i get the hostility

Quint in ATL

November 25th, 2011
2:11 pm

bobw and Airborne…you both make valid points, to an extent. But bobw, you shouldn’t call people stupid when you use the spelling and grammar that you used. And both of you should know better than to use “countries” (which is the plural of country) when you meant “country’s (the possessive form of country). So pots…meet the kettle. Did you “reallt” think that someone wouldn’t analyze what you wrote after you called Americans stupid?

lol touche Quint, You win this round.....

November 25th, 2011
2:15 pm

Enter your comments here

Bobw

November 25th, 2011
2:16 pm

lol touche Quint, You win this round…..

NoBigDeal

November 25th, 2011
2:18 pm

Yes, Lauren Alaina experienced a bit of stage fright, but her performance was very moving. If you watch the players’ faces, they are really feeling the song. She sang it quite well..one of the best versions I’ve heard recently. I had rather someone flub a line due to stage fright than to deliver a lackluster, weak vocal on the National Anthem.

Deirdre

November 25th, 2011
2:24 pm

First, every singer in the parade yesterday was lip syncing. Scotty just didn’t do it very well.

Second, there’s a huge difference between Milli Vanilli , who pretended to be singers when they weren’t and someone who lip syncs to their own voice. silly comparison!

Third, yes, Lauren is a professional singer(for the last 8 months) when most 17 year olds are flipping burgers.

Fourth…what the frak does politics have to do with it? Any child(and a 17 year old is still a child) who messes up the lyrics to the NA should not have to listen adults calling them names…no matter what political affiliation they are.

JTesla

November 25th, 2011
3:11 pm

You know Lauren had a good flub, and I’m going to let her recover, but it wasn’t nearly as good a flub as this one: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q4880PJnO2E

That girl knew the words too.