On Super Bowl Sunday, it takes something spectacular to steal the show. A blooper will do it, of course. In 2009 we had Bruce Springsteen knee-sliding across the stage and, groin-first, into a TV camera. In 2004 it was Janet Jackson's "wardrobe malfunction".
This year, in front of a television audience of 111 million – making Sunday night’s Super Bowl XLV the most watched programme in US history – we had Christina Aguilera mumbling her way through the second verse of the national anthem.
But organisers will hope a different image stays with the audience: that of hundreds of dancers performing their moves clad in bodysuits lit with LEDs, accompanying the hip-hop group The Black Eyed Peas in the half-time show – with the Peas' singer Fergie augmenting her own LED outfit with $2m of diamonds.
Occasional audio glitches through the 10-minute performance paled in comparison with Aguilera's earlier fumble. When performing the "Star Spangled Banner" before the kick-off, the singer, who has been performing the anthem since the age of nine, fluffed the line "O'er the ramparts we watched, were so gallantly streaming", causing outrage among patriotic viewers.Reuse content