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The National Anthem for Super Bowl XLV was belted out by Christina Aguilera, a native of Rochester, Pennsylvania, a town about forty minutes outside of Pittsburgh.
The unofficial length of Aguilera's version was 1:54, according to SB Nation's stopwatch, which means it's a PUSH in Vegas. Bodog had the Over/Under set at 1 minute and 54 seconds exactly (the favorite was the Over, at -200).
She followed Keith Urban and Maroon 5, who performed during the pregame concert as part of the seemingly never-ending festivities leading up to Super Bowl XLV. Aguilera, a five-time Grammy award winner, was making her second Super Bowl appearances: she was part of the halftime show at Super Bowl XXXIV.
Twenty two-year old Candice Villesca of Lewisville, Texas, performed the National Anthem and America the Beautiful in American Sign Language.
Aguilera, who is 30 years old, originally appeared on national television in 1990, as a contestant on Star Search, before going on to star on The Mickey Mouse Club. She has released six studio albums, two of which went No. 1 in the United States, and has sold over 46 million albums worldwide.
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