We already know who’ll be playing in the Super Bowl on February 6, thanks to the two exciting wins by the Green Bay Packers and Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday. And we know that the Black Eyed Peas will provide the halftime entertainment, which raises the obvious question: Who’ll be singing the national anthem before the sure-to-be-epic battle between two of the NFL’s most iconic franchises?
Fox and the NFL announced on Monday (January 24) that the honors will go to none other than Christina Aguilera. Though the diva failed to launch a tour in support of her poorly received studio album Bionic and her big-screen debut in “Burlesque” quickly faded, Aguilera will take to one of the biggest media stages there is when she helps open the big game at Cowboys Stadium in North Texas prior to kickoff.
If last year’s game is any indication, more than 153 million people could be on hand to watch the game, which last year notched the largest TV audience in history.
“I have been performing the anthem since I was seven years old and I must say the Super Bowl is a dream come true,” Aguilera said in a statement. “I am really excited to be part of such an iconic event.” She breaks the string of “American Idol” divas doing the honors, which have been performed by Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson and Jordin Sparks over the past three years. It also puts her into an elite group of stars who’ve recently taken on the difficult tune in the past, which includes Beyoncé, Billy Joel, Aretha Franklin, the Dixie Chicks, Mariah Carey and Aguilera’s “Burlesque” co-star Cher, who did it in 1999.
It will not be Aguilera’s first time at the Super Bowl. She performed during halftime in 2000 at Super Bowl XXIV with Enrique Iglesias as part of a Disney-centric show that also featured Phil Collins and Toni Braxton.