Harper Gruzins, 11, Sings 'Worst National Anthem Ever,' Video Goes Viral

Are critics of the girl's rendition of the "Star Spangled Banner" being too harsh?
2:58 | 07/31/12

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NOW, TO THE RENDITION OF THE NATIONAL ANTHEM THAT'S GONE VIRAL ON YOUTUBE. SOME ARE SAYING IT'S THE WORST AND MAKING THEIR FEELINGS KNOWN. BUT ARE PEOPLE GANGING ON UP ON THIS 11-YEAR-OLD? RYAN OWENS HAS THE STORY. OH, SAY CAN YOU SEE Reporter: IT WAS SUPPOSED TO BE HER BIG BREAK. AND EVEN THIS 11-YEAR-OLD KNEW SHE BLEW IT. IT WASN'T MY BEST PERFORMANCE AT ALL. Reporter: BEFORE A NATIONALLY TELEVISED MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER GAME, IN A STADIUM PACKED WITH 22,000 FANS, WELL, JUST LISTEN. THE PERILOUS FIGHT Reporter: 11-YEAR-OLD HARPER GRUZINS HAD BEEN PRACTICING FOR WEEKS. SHE SAID SHE COULDN'T HEAR HERSELF. AND WAS THROWN OFF-KEY BY THE ANNOYING HORNS, SO POPULAR WITH SOCCER FANS. AND THE ROCKETS' RED GLARE I TURNED AROUND. I WAS TRYING TO SING. I WAS, LIKE, WOW. THAT'S THE WRONG KEY WHEN I STARTED. Reporter: ON YOUTUBE, SOMEONE POSTED MY EARS ARE BLEEDING. THE WEBSITE DEAD SPIN CALLED IT THE WORST NATIONAL ANTHEM EVER. I WANT TO FEEL SORRY FOR HER. BUT I CAN'T, SOMEONE COMMENTED. WHAT I FELT LIKE DOING WAS JUST UNPLUG HER AND TAKE HER OUT OF EVERYTHING. AND JUST, YOU KNOW, PROTECT HER. THE THINGS THAT PEOPLE WERE SAYING IS REALLY HEARTBREAKING. Reporter: HARPER CAN TAKE COMFORT KNOWING SHE'S NOT THE FIRST TO HAVE A STAR-SPANGLED STRUGGLE. ONE OF HER MUSICAL IDOLS, CHRISTINA AGUILERA, BUTCHERRED THE LYRICS. HOW PROUDLY WE WATCHED Reporter: AND ROSEANNE BARR BUTCHER ED MORE THAN THAT. FOR THIS 11-YEAR-OLD IS UNDAUNTED. LEARNING NEW SONGS AND NOT GIVING UP ON THAT PATRIOTIC ONE, THAT SHE PROMISES ONE DAY WILL BE PERFECTION. FOR "GOOD MORNING AMERICA," RYAN OWENS, ABC NEWS, LOS ANGELES. WE WISH HARPER ALL THE BEST. AND TO MAKE HER FEEL BETTER. KEEPING IN THE OLYMPIC THEME, REMEMBER KARL LEWIS? REMEMBER WHEN HE SANG THE NATIONAL ANTHEM? THAT WAS THE BEST PART OF IT. I WILL SAY THIS, ROSEANNE, THAT WAS SO MUCH WORSE THAN THE 11-YEAR-OLD'S. YOU KEEP AT IT, LITTLE ONE. GO, HARPER. GO, SAM.

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