Oops! 10 Celebrity Lyric Flubs and Lip Sync Disasters
Even Justin Bieber can forget the lyrics to his own songs sometimes…
Is it really too much to ask that the multi-million-dollar singers of the world make the effort to learn the lyrics to their own songs? Really? Well, apparently the answer is yes, because it’s far from unusual for our favorite singers and musicians to flub their lyrics, or even—gasp!—lip sync their songs. Scandal!
Okay, okay, maybe we’re being a liiiittle unfair here; even the best of us suffer from brain farts every now and again. It’s harder to explain away the lip syncing, but hey, that happens, too. From Justin Bieber to Christina Aguilera, here are 10 of our favorite celeb lyric flubs and lip sync disasters!
1. Justin Bieber
The Biebs appeared on The Today Show last Wednesday morning to perform his brand-new rendition of “Santa Claus Is Coming To Town,” which is featured on the soundtrack to the movie Arthur Christmas. Unfortunately, though, Justin had a little trouble remembering the lyrics. He got the opening just fine, but when it came to the second part of the song, he, er… didn’t quite nail it. Start paying attention around the one minute mark and you’ll see what we mean.
2. Ashlee Simpson
Ah, yes: The infamous SNL lip sync debacle. On October 23, 2004, Ashlee was scheduled to perform both “Pieces of Me” and “Autobiography” on Saturday Night Live—but when she started singing “Autobiography,” the lyrics for “Pieces of You” were heard before she even got the microphone to her mouth. So she did a hoedown instead. Ashlee later explained that due to sever acid reflux, her doctor who told her to take it easy on the singing, hence the lip sync. True? We’re not really sure.
3. Christina Aguilera
Xtina got into some trouble back in February of 2011 when she sang the National Anthem at the Super Bowl: The line “O’er the ramparts we watched” mysteriously vanished from the song when she sang it. She later told CNN, “I got so caught up 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.” Ah well. Happens to the best of us.
4. Miley Cyrus
Miley made an appearance on British TV show Saturday Night Takeaway in February of 2009 which unfortunately didn’t go quite as planned. Hello, forgotten lyrics to “Fly On the Wall!” Check it out 17 seconds in.
5. Scotty McCreery
We realize that for a newly-minted star, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade can be a little overwhelming, but that doesn’t mean we’re not going to make fun of mistakes. This year’s American Idol winner, Scotty McCreery, was set to “perform” his hit song “The Trouble With Girls” during the parade—though unfortunately, he doesn’t seem terribly comfortable with lip syncing yet. All performances at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade are lip synced, so that’s not where the problem lies; here’s what happened: The lyrics to the song kick in at the 13 second mark—but Scotty doesn’t open his mouth until a few seconds later. Whoops. At least he wasn’t alone, though; Avril Lavigne had the same problem. P.S. Does anyone else think Scotty looks an awful lot like Alfred E. Newman?
More lyric flubs and lip sync disasters, including Lauren Alaina and Britney Spears, up next!