Rachel Platten has spoken out after forgetting the lyrics twice while attempting to belt out the National Anthem in Salt Lake City on Saturday.
The 36-year-old took to the pitch before the Chicago Red Stars took on the Utah Royals, however, things didn’t go exactly to plan and she ended up asking for help from the audience when her mind went blank.
Platten has since told People, “I feel really embarrassed, honestly. I’m having a hard time forgiving myself, but I’m working on it. It was incredibly, incredibly embarrassing. I’ve been trying to retrace steps of what happened… it has just been hanging over me.”
“I was so nervous going into it. The anthem is such a big deal; it’s probably the most important song for our country. I always get nervous because it means so much because it is so powerful. I always want to do it justice, do a good job and give people the exact version they expect and they want,” she added.
Platten, who is married to Kevin Lazan, also said she may have sung “The Star-Spangled Banner” a bunch of times, but that doesn’t mean it gets any easier.
She continued, “I was ready to open up and do it, and my mind just went blank. I was trying to explain it to my husband: It was like a test that you know all the material to, you study so much and you get in there, and your mind doesn’t cooperate.”
The performance didn’t go well from the get-go, as the “Fight Song” star began by singing: “Oh say can you see, by the stars early light,” instead of “Dawn’s early light.”
Things only went downhill from there, as the soccer players awkwardly looked around at one another, while Platten continued to apologize.
Platten’s rendition of the song comes after Fergie was slammed on social media after she put her own spin on the National Anthem back in February.
The “London Bridge” singer has since shared, “I’ve always been honoured and proud to perform the National Anthem and last night I wanted to try something special for the NBA.”
“I’m a risk taker artistically, but clearly this rendition didn’t strike the intended tone. I love this country and honestly tried my best,” she continued to say at the time.
Give Fergie’s performance a watch below: