Before taking the stage at Sunday's Super Bowl, Jordin Sparks (pictured) appeared (emphasis on appeared) a little skittish, which is odd considering Jordin, last season's "American Idol" winner, should be used to singing to large audiences, including guys like Simon Cowell.
But she belted out one of the best renditions of our national anthem I've heard. And heaven knows, the anthem has been butchered in the past. On a quick fashion note, I liked her midnight blue tailored suit even though I couldn't see what were supposed to be black leather side panels. Designer Lloyd Klein was commissioned to create the made-to-measure ensemble.
But, at some point before the kick off, Jordin ditched the designer duds for a New York Giants sweatshirt and helmet. Good choice!
In other "Idol" news:
* Did anyone else notice Fox's endless promotions for the Hollywood rounds of "American Idol?" They showed several of the better contestants crooning and playing instruments, with the judges saying stuff like, "That was amazing!" Unless I was watching the wrong network last week I could swear they've got one more audition show, in Atlanta at 8 p.m. Tuesday (on Channel 40). If that's correct (and I believe it is), the ads were misleading at best and the Hollywood rounds won't kick off until next week. (Wednesday night's show is a recap of the auditions.)
* After raising a whopping $75 million in Season 6, there will be a repeat of "Idol Gives Back" this year. If you were tuned out in 2007, the musical benefit raised all this money to help various U.S. and international charities. This season's two-hour concert/fundraiser will air from 8 to 10 p.m. Wednesday, April 9. In last year's inaugural event, the remaining contestants were safe from elimination for the one night. However, two of them went home the following week. We'll see how "charitable" the producers are this season.