2012 Super Bowl Prop Bets: How Long Will Kelly Clarkson's National Anthem Be?

The original winner of American Idol, Kelly Clarkson, will have the honors of singing "The Star-Spangled Banner" at Super Bowl XLVI. But how long will her rendition of the national anthem be? That's where Vegas comes in.

As Kegs N' Eggs' Adam Kramer notes, the over/under on Clarkson's national anthem duration is 1:32. Last year, in Super Bowl XLV, Christina Aguilera took her time with the anthem, stretching it to 1:54 and making the over/under a push despite screwing up a line. Aguilera is a belter who relies on melisma, though, while Clarkson, whose voice is certainly on par with Aguilera's in many respects, tends to sing things a little straighter.

There's also a possibility that Clarkson will see this as an opportunity to outdo fellow Idol alums who have hit the high note on "Freeeeee!" at the Super Bowl; she's the fourth Idol contestant to get the chance to sing at America's biggest sporting event, but her season of the popular reality show predated the ones featuring Jordin Sparks, Jennifer Hudson, and Carrie Underwood.

You didn't think so much thought would go into a Super Bowl prop bet, did you?

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