Much ado has been made over Christina Aguilera‘s “Star Mangled Banner” at Super Bowl XLV Sunday (Feb. 6) in Dallas. The singer issued a statement, saying she hoped the “true spirit” of the Anthem came through when she was performing.

Video has now emerged (via TMZ) that shows Xtina performing the National Anthem in rehearsal — and nailing it. See, it’s not a case of her not caring. It’s probably what we’ve suspected all along — that Christina got into the moment, lost her focus and flubbed the lyrics.

Big deal. She performed it beautifully. One of the best anthems we can remember in a long time. She wasn’t being unpatriotic or disrespectful. She screwed up. Like all other Americans have done at one time or another. So maybe it’s time to let her off the hook?

Posted by:Andrea Reiher

TV critic by way of law school, Andrea Reiher enjoys everything from highbrow drama to clever comedy to the best reality TV has to offer. Her TV heroes include CJ Cregg, Spencer Hastings, Diane Lockhart, Juliet O'Hara and Buffy Summers. TV words to live by: "I'm a slayer, ask me how."