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Christina Aguilera Talks Super Bowl National Anthem Mistake

Christina Aguilera

First Posted: 04/26/11 03:43 PM ET Updated: 06/26/11 06:12 AM ET

Christina Aguilera came up short in the big game, and now she's opening up about her musical mishap.

The pop star sat down with Ellen DeGeneres for an interview set to air Tuesday, and along with talking about her new NBC show "The Voice," Aguilera addressed her infamous Super Bowl mishap, in which she flubbed the lyrics to the Star Spangled Banner.

"I had been singing that song my entire life. I was the youngest anthem singer in my hometown of Pittsburgh, PA. I sang for the Steelers when I was this big," she said, referring to her pint size childhood stature. "I think 7 or 8 years old. I would sing for them. I think I had a moment where I was at the Super Bowl at 30 years old. I took in the moment a little bit too much. Shoot me for appreciating the moment but here I am at the Super Bowl... singing for a team and in front of the world. And remembering what it was like to be that young and look where I made it now."

While she did forget the lyrics, Aguilera did recognize the screwup, and just how many people had seen it.

"And then it was like, oh. That night I knew, I just made myself a Trivial Pursuit question," she joked. "'In 2011 what female singer, ya know, flubbed the lyrics.' It's just insane. But I have a really good laugh about it and you get over things. You get back up again and you just prove to yourself and to everyone you're that much stronger."

Aguilera had similar comments about the mixup right after the game went down. In a statement to the AP, Aguilera said, "I got so lost in the moment of the song that I lost my place. I can only hope that everyone could feel my love for this country and that the true spirit of its anthem still came through."

Aguilera also talks about her newly finalized divorce; watch "The Ellen Show" on Tuesday for the entire interview.

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