The train wreck that was Fergie’s rendition of the national anthem at the 2018 NBA All-Star Game could have been prevented—because every singe individual to bear witness to her pregame rehearsal knew what was coming.
But of the presumably hundreds of people in the Staples Center for the rehearsal, apparently no one did anything to avert the pop artist from utter disaster and save the folks at home and in the stadium for the actual performance from some bloody eardrums.
Fergie didn’t do any better in rehearsals. I’m assuming she did a little bit of drinking before the game… pic.twitter.com/x68Oai2Xjh
— Fearless (@beycentric) February 19, 2018
Here’s another video, from Deadspin. Click their link to see a whole six minutes of the brutal practice session.
Rehearsal footage shows Fergie uncertain about her, uh, unique take on “The Star-Spangled Banner” just hours before disastrous All-Star Game performance: https://t.co/mBNbDp1nQr pic.twitter.com/bA0vbJrFBz
— Deadspin (@Deadspin) February 19, 2018
It gets worse. Not only did nobody say anything when they knew what was to befall viewers, but the festivity organizers had plenty of evidence that there were probably better options out there.
In 2011, she sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” before an NFL game between the New England Patriots and the Miami Dolphins, complete with a very similar sign-off.
It’s not nearly as bad, and still she got raked for it.
The Dolphins, the Patriots, & both coaching staffs cldnt help but give the stink face to Fergie’s redition of the national anthem#youblewit
— Mr. Lif (@therealMrLif) September 12, 2011
Fergie just sang national anthem before Patriots-Dolphins game.. holy cow was it awful!
She stunk at the super bowl last year too.#earplugs
— Dave Hall (@hallfox5) September 12, 2011
Fergie Sang a Terrible Rendition of the National Anthem Before the Dolphins and Patriots Game Last Night http://t.co/KfW87Nl
— Complex Sports (@ComplexSports) September 13, 2011
To cleanse your listening palette, here’s a much more tolerable remix of the NBA All-Star Game version.
— Remix god (@Remixgodsuede) February 19, 2018