— Jordin Sparks, winner of the sixth season of the world's biggest TV show American Idol, is in preliminary talks to sing the national anthem at the next Super Bowl. Super Bowl XLII (or 42, for the laymen) will take place next year in Glendale, Arizona at the aptly named Cardinals Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals. The game will air on FOX.
Now, both Jordin's management team and the NFL have chalked this story up to rumor, but considering that the official announcement won't be made until the fall, what else could they say? The mere fact that they didn't outright deny the story makes one believe that the story could be very real. After all, why wouldn't it be? Jordin Sparks singing the national anthem makes too much sense. Consider:
- Jordin Sparks is from Glendale, Arizona, where the game will be taking place. It makes sense to have Jordin there.
- Jordin's father, Phillipi, played for the Arizona Cardinals.
- FOX is broadcasting the Super Bowl next year and they have a long history of promoting their own stars during sporting events. One would think that Jordin will be in the midst of promoting her debut album at that point, an album that the FOX brass will have a rooting interest in. It would be stupid for FOX not to give that national anthem spot to Jordin Sparks.
Chances are, come early 2008, you Jordin fans will get to witness her sing on the biggest stage imaginable: the Super Bowl. A lot can change between now and then, but when it all makes this much sense, the smart money is on the story coming true. Is this a good choice? Who from this year's season of American Idol would you rather see performing the national anthem? Feel free to comment below.
-Oscar Dahl, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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