Everyone has been up in arms today about Christina Aguilera’s Super Bowl performance, but we for one thought it was kind of adorable. Messing up the national anthem is our fourth grade nightmare come to life, so it’s endearing to see a pop megastar struggle through the same lines. Further evidence of Xtina’s innate charisma? Watching her guffaw her way through the Burlesque blooper reel with Cher. As one of the four American movie goers who actually saw Burlesque in theaters, we can personally attest to the fact that the entire cast is infinitely funnier and more charming while blowing their lines than during 95% of the actual movie.
If Burlesque‘s Christina was wooden, Cher emotionless and Stanley Tucci phoning it in from Planet Devil Wears Prada, blooper real Christina is warm and charming, laughing maniacally when she is supposed to be sobbing. Here Cher cracks a smile and a marginally-less flamboyant Tucci hisses, “I’m not gay in real life,” before declaring “Come here. I’ll show you what kind of girl I am.” Honestly, just put this video on a ninety-minute loop and forgo adding the actual movie to your Netflix queue. Like Fergie said in defense of Aguilera today, “She’s one of the best singers of our time. Nobody can take that away from you. … But you get nervous at these things. We’re human.” Unless you don’t love seeing Aguilera almost burst into song during a screaming argument, because that’s evidence that you are actually a cyborg.