I don't need to seed a link in order to express my opinion about an event that shakes a lot of people. Sarah Connor and Christina Aguilera were bad role models when they virtually fu**** up their performance in front of several ten thousands of spectators at important sport events where the expectations toward the respective playing teams were as evenly high as in respect of the singers who had been chosen by 'responsible' event managers to sing the crowd's beloved national song 'a capella'.
In 2005, at the opening of the new Munich Allianz Arena, Sarah virtually mutated the German Federal Eagle in her 'performance' to a boiled chicken when she changed the line from 'blossoming to boiling' (in German: instead of blueh' im Glanze, she sang brueh' im Lichte). Six years later at a more important event, the SUPER BOWL 2011 in Dallas, Christina forgot a whole line.
Oh boy, you might be forced to ask
how come that professional singers who sing their pop songs for 120+ minutes in a row at out-door shows aren't even able to perform the national anthems with average durations of only one to two minutes?
When performing their own weird lyrics they obviously and successfully express their intrinsic motivations and inherent feelings about the message (?) of the songs. Sometimes you shouldn't bother the verbal crap they're singing.
August 26th, 1841, Hoffmann von Fallersleben wrote the hymn "The song of the Germans", while expressing his (and the people's) longing for a united German nation, on the then British Isle of Helgoland in the North Sea, some 25 miles off the German coastline.
Why can't modern pop singers express the spirit of the anthems' authors? Well, they haven't learned it, plain and simple.
Performers of operas, take 'mammoth Wagner operas', are able to inhale and exhale the author's motivations and expressions, pop singers don't.
Tell me, how many pop singers have changed their profession to singing operas? Close to zip, I suppose. But some opera singers have become successful pop singers. Why is this possible? Well, they know how to properly interpret different lyrics - they have their respective thorough music education and a great deal of studies at different music academies.
Of course, choirs could also be an excellent choice for event managers to sing in front of thousands of people. When the Salt Lake City Olympics' opening ceremony was performed, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sung the 'Star-Spangled Banner' - really a moving moment!
Even a Navy or Army choir would have sung better than the two 'pop icons' mentioned above.
One real exception is IMO Celine Dion,
else, dear event managers, try not to get crap performances for your money.
Let's hope that Christina was smart enough not to accept the money they wanted to dole out for her. Is it wishful thinking?