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Super Bowl 2011: Lea Michele versus Christina Aguilera [poll]

Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem at the 2011 Super Bowl This post has been corrected. Please see the note at the bottom.

We won't know who won the 2011 Super Bowl for a few hours — so until then, can we decide whether Lea Michele or Christina Aguilera won the pregame singing contest?

Wearing a cream-colored car-length coat and tan slacks, Michele knocked out "America the Beautiful," right before Aguilera took the field in a little black Dolce & Gabbana suit to rock (some of the words to) "The Star Spangled Banner."

Which diva did the better job, or was it a tie? No fair giving Aguilera an advantage just because she got the flyover as a finale.

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For the record, 4:24 p.m.: This post originally said Lea Michele sang "God Bless America"; the "Glee" star actually sang "America the Beautiful," and we sang it right along with her and still typed the other song title. Thanks to commenters @lynebg, @Sheilah and @Mini for flagging the gaffe. Those who'd like to hear "God Bless America" will have to settle for Tony Bennett's World Series version.

— Christie D'Zurilla

Lea Michele sings God Bless America at the 2011 Super Bowl

Top photo: Christina Aguilera sings the national anthem before the Super Bowl XLV game between the Green Bay Packers and the Pittsburgh Steelers on Feb. 6 in Arlington, Texas. Credit: Charlie Krupa / Associated Press.

Bottom photo: Lea Michele sings "America the Beautiful" before Super Bowl XLV. Credit: Nelson Chenault / US Presswire.

 
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Lea Michele was awesome i love her i can't wait until glee after the game :D

Both performances were stirring. The concept of who won is incomprehensible to me. It misses the point.
The enjoyment of the performances hinges on love of country, pride, musical sensibilities...but not on who won... How off base is that?

I didn't vote in this poll because I didn't hear Lea Michele's performance. Matter of fact, I've never seen Glee and had never heard of Michele until this poll. I found a few photos of her, but that's it so far.

However, based solely on the fact that I can't stomach Christina Aguilera, Michele would win a poll like this simply by default.

I heard only about three bars of Aguilera's ghastly "performance" before I hit the mute button and left the room. It was later that I read that she botched the lyrics, and that was only part of that mess. Who ever told this child that she has talent?

Oh, and by the way, this is the first time that I know of that a high-profile commercial recording artist sang live on the field. If Aguilera had pre-recorded hers like she should have, all we'd have noticed was that her mouth movements didn't match the recording. There are very good reasons to pre-record, and the possibility of botching a live performance is one.

cristina sucked our national anthem is not hip hop OMG!!!! What an idiot!!! LOL

For those who are saying Lea didn't sing live ...you obviously don't have your facts straight. Her makeup artist was with her down there on the floor while she was singing and she's confirmed on Twitter that she did sing live. Is it so hard to accept that the girl has talent and can ...oh I don't know ACTUALLY SING? She's proven it multiple times ...so please ...stop with the hate.

I DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW YOU GUYS CAN EVER COMPARE LEA TO CHIRSTINA, CHRISTINA IS ALREADY A LEGEND I DO HAVE TO SAY SHE MIGHT OF FORGETTEN A COUPLE OF WORDS BUT COME ON CUT HER A BREAK AMERICANS ARE SO UPTIGHT AND CRITIZED EVERYTHING SO MUCH I WOULD LOVE TO SEE ANY OF YOU SINGING AT THE SUPER BOWL (PROB NOT) THERE'S MY POINT. CHRISTINA JUST GOT 2 MILLION DOLLARS FOR SINGING AT A WEDDING OVERSEAS CLEARLY BECAUSE OF HER VOCAL TALENTS. SHE IS ONE OF THE BIGGEST MOST TALENTED SINGERS IN THE WORLD AT THIS POINT SO STOP HATING AND GET SOME TALENT BEFORE YOU CRITIZE OTHER PEOPLE....

Our ideals are backward. WE should NOT be privledged to have a popular singer perform our National Anthem. THEY should be privledged to sing OUR National Song the way it was musicaly written. What a dishonor to our country.

Lea Michele is perfection. She sang beautifully (and LIVE) tonight.

The reason some of you THINK Lea (or Christina, for that matter) didn't sing live due to the mouth action not matching the words--there is feed back arenas. That's why most performers wear ear plugs while singing live. Clay Aiken sang the NA-LIVE-at the Hockey All-Star Game last week and did an amazing job. But..some who watched on TV thought it was pre-taped because the words didn't seem to 'match' his mouth. Not true..it was due to the feed back in the arena. Let's just be real about this: Christina MESSED UP tonite.

this was the worst half time crap...why not get great talent? but you get crap talent....so many great entertainers and you get crap...get rid of half time and just show the game...better yet who ever remembers the half time show???? they are that bad...

Experience speaks volumes, and Christina was 1000 percent better than Lea! So what if Christina missed a few lyrics in that mass crowd, it just shows shes human and we are all subject to errors!!! Pleassseee, Christina was the PURE BOMB!!!

If we are going to debate who did a better job overall, I'm going to have to say Lea. Not only did she maintain control over her voice and sing in an appropriate range for herself, she allowed the beauty of the lyrics to come through by staying true to the written melody. She was in no way showy, and did a good job of honoring the country with her voice. Unfortunately, Christina used her classic oversinging pipes to show people what she is "capable" of, and had nothing to do with showing honor or respect to the country; it was all about her and attempting to regain her career. I think if she had sung the anthem the way it wasn't written, and not focused on some (terrible) runs, maybe she wouldn't have messed up the lyrics. As far as the discussion on experience is concerned, experience doesn't matter if you are not using the tools that you have learned along the way.

Lea Michele definitley sang live because I heard the mic pop when she san the work "purple".

Okay, let's get real here. YES, the national anthem is AMERICA's song, but that doesn't make it any less nerve racking when you have to sing one of the hardest/well known songs in front of a lot of people. I have sung this song before a wrestling tournament and I forgot the words. I also knew someone else who did. Same with that one other famous chick for forgetting the words. It's really not a big deal, these things happen all the time.

Lea Michele has a beautiful voice, but Christina Aguilera was absolutely gifted with the pipes she has.

I love you Christina! Stay strong! Everyone has done this! You still have talent.

Really? Really? Lea is full of herself her voice pushes the boundaries of whiny and irritating. Her vocal abilities are no more special than any average broadway singer. I have watched and heard them both sing live and I have to tell you Christina will out-sing her any day. If you ever get a chance to hear her live don't pass it up, her voice has the uncanny ability to send shivers down your back and make you cry for no reason. Big deal people she forgot four words big deal. Nobody's perfect. You don't get through your career without making a few mistakes. At least she found suitable replacement words without ruining the whole song. Anyways Leas vocals will never be up in the ranks of the best like Christina, Celine, and even the southern sweetheart Carrie Underwood sounds better than her. I'll tell you one thing, if you ever watch Glee and observe Lea's character with her self-absorbed personality, from what I have heard and read whi

Ms Aguilera did not do anyone proud.....herself, the crowd, the nation....how do you get to be her age and forget the words to the national anthem......

Please people, they both sucked

Lea Michele has her way of singing and Christina Aguilera has her way of singing. The point of it all is that Christina's runs did not take away the fact that she messed up the words to "Star Bangled Banner." It doesn't have the same meaning when you skip lines, so clearly Christina did not practice enough. It couldn't have been nerves because she's sung in front of larger crowds than that Lea Michele got the words right and she sounded awesome while doing it. Just saying.

Lea all the way. I hated the arrangement, but appreciated the fact that she just sang the damn song, no frills and allowed the choir supporting her their moment in the spotlight.

Christina, on the other hand, girrlll.... What? She forgot the words and missed the notes. What? I understand nerves. The thought of having to do something like that makes me want to wet myself, but you're a professional. Come on now.

How can you not mention the fact that Chrisitna messed up the lyrics to the national anthem? did you not notice? The rest of the world did!
Carrie Underwood did so much better last year. I like Xtina, but she oversang it and used too many runs and riffs. IT was a hot mess, even without the messed up lyrics. Terrible.

Carrie Underwood was so so good last year at the Superbowl with her version. She did it live, got the words right, and hit all the notes. She also sang it smple and acapella, the way it was meant to be done, without all those annoying runs and unncessary melisma that Xtina uses.

yeah for all those music professors who are criticizing christina's performance how about you try doing what she does?? she is not just a singer like all the rest SHE IS A GODDESS OF SINGING - her powerful pipes break anything and anyone so i dont give a damn if she forgot your lyrics and please stop comparing a diva to any nancy who just appears from under a rock - i dont even know who this other girl is and i dont care -

The National Anthem is something that talks so fondly about our country and our identity. I first of all, think that we should be respectful of the way the composer wrote the music and the lyrics. In other countries it is an offense to sing it with all the extras that we do, At least if we sing the lyrics correctly it will show respect.

cristina aguilera was awful, not only did she screw up the words (learn your lyrics) she made our Anthem about twice as long as it should have been with all the over embellishment she added. Overall it was an abomination, she should not be proud.

I completely disagree with the observations of Lea Michele. That was horrendous singing. Christina Aguiellera was just awful, and the Black-eyed Peas should go back to the drawing board with their tekkies. Horrendous all-around...

 
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