In case you were too busy sleeping off the effects of tryptophan this weekend — or were out having a life that didn’t involve the blogosphere — we must alert you to the important things you missed: namely, American Idol alumni Scotty McCreery and Lauren Alaina having a pretty difficult time getting through their respective Thanksgiving Day gigs. During his performance on a float, Scotty let his pre-recorded vocals for “The Trouble With Girls” begin up-lip-synced, while Lauren had one of the most embarrassing “oops” moments a singer can have — forgetting the words to the National Anthem.
Scotty was the first Idol to get attention that day for this lip-sync fail during the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, putting his mic up to his lips after his single “The Trouble With Girls” already began to play:
Embarrassment Rating: 3/10. Typically, it’s extremely embarrassing to be caught lip-syncing (not to do it in the first place, mind you, but just to get caught), but it’s a known fact that every music act uses pre-recorded vocals for their performances during the Thanksgiving Day Parade. Scotty, however, was apparently the only one who didn’t know when to start on cue.
Later that day Lauren appeared at the Lion vs. Packers football game, having one serious brain freeze not that long after beginning the National Anthem. For those who suffered second hand embarrassment when Christina Aguilera jumbled the song’s lyrics at the Super Bowl, at least Xtina sang something instead of freezing up, resulting in dead silence.
Lauren received some warm feelings from another former Idol, Season 5 alum Kellie Pickler, who tweeted, “HEY DOLL! YOU HANDLED YOURSELF LIKE A PRO! SEND THE BULLIES MY WAY & I’LL TELL EM’ WHERE TO GO!”
“Thank you so much,” responded Lauren. “I’m not a robot. I have No excuses. I messed up. You know what can ya do. At Least didn’t fall down again.”
Embarrassment Rating: 9/10. Despite what overdramatic Internet commenters might say, flubbing the lyrics to the National Anthem isn’t unpatriotic and doesn’t make you a bad American — but it is absolutely humiliating. If Lauren did manage to fall down during this performance, we would have given her the full 10.