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Jessica Beresford: Lip-synching Beyonce hardly a surprise

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Published: 10:46AM Wednesday January 23, 2013 Source: ONE News

Oh how the mighty have fallen.

Beyonce - the indestructible, adored, can-do-no-wrong song bird - has had the lip-synching finger pointed at her in the most dramatic of circumstances.

During Barack Obama's inauguration, in front of hundreds of thousands of people, the songstress belted out Star-Spangled Banner in a performance that was hailed as extraordinary.

She could have fooled me - the reported pre-recording had all the wobbles, wails and strain of a live performance. The only tell-tale sign I could see was the easy smile at the very end, during the hardest part of the song, in an otherwise perfect mime.

A decade ago, she probably would have gotten away with it - but being able to play videos over and over on the Internet certainly is lending itself to harsher critiquing from beyond those who actually witnessed the show.

Of course it's disappointing the diva herself is just like all those before her - a pop star applauded for an image rather than honest warbling abilities.

Doting fans want to hold on to the perfect ideal that their idols hold bottomless talent. And it's also a concern for those willing to fork out money for live performances to have it thrown back at them with a dishonest performance - Britney Spears along with various others  have been ridiculed because of 'live' slip ups.

But it's not really shocking considering how important it is that widely broadcasted events like presidential inaugurations keep to a flawless script. The jokes and speeches are pre-written, the outfits planned months in advance, why not be fool-proof and make the sure the acts run smoothly too?

I don't doubt Beyonce can sing - but let's hope she learns her lesson in time for the 2013 Superbowl half-time show - because no doubt millions will be watching closely to make sure they aren't fooled again.

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