Add the name Cyndi Lauper to the list of singers bested by the national anthem. Singing on Saturday at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Lauper declared our flag to be still streaming, or something like that.
Unlike Christina Aguilera at the Super Bowl in February, the "She Bop" singer didn't trip up while attempting crazy vocal runs mid-song -- rather, she said, she was trying to mentally multi-task, given the Sept. 11 significance of the moment, which included a moment of silence for the victims of the 2001 terrorist attacks.
Afterward, in a pair of messages on Twitter, Lauper said:
Whew, I just did the anthem for the US open. It was an awesome experience.I got choked up in the middle remembering 9/11.
The moon shone done on us and I tried to say a prayer at the same time.. I hope I didn't mess up too bad. I wanted it to be comforting. Xcyn
Lauper blew only one line, mumbling through it and getting back on track, whereas a belting Aguilera had to pretty much rewrite the middle of the tune on the fly after getting lost along the way. Both women, incidentally, previously performed the song as written. (See Lauper's slip-up around the 48-second mark in the video below.)
Aguilera said at the time that she "got so caught up in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."
Two artists, two flubs, two solutions. And two very different dresses, we might add: Lauper's Statue of Liberty chic vs. Aguilera's basic black.
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-- Christie D'Zurilla
Photo: Cyndi Lauper at the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York on Saturday. Credit: Michael Heiman / Getty Images