National Anthem Disasters: Alexis Normand forgets the words to the US anthem
HERE’S one for the file marked National Anthem Disasters. At the 2013 Memorial Cup game between the Portland Winterhawks and the Halifax Mooseheads, singer Alexis Normand was booked to sing the US national anthems. She forgot the words. French-Canadian Normand could made some up in the mode of Ella Fitzgerald’s memorable make-it-up-as-you-go-along version of Mack The Knife (see below). Alas, she didn’t.
She didn’t even beat out the tune with her clenched fists or point the microphone at the crowd, inviting them to ‘take it away’. She just froze, which given the setting might have been fitting:
This is how you do it: