All anthem singers are not created equal and therefore neither are the betting odds for Super Bowl anthems.
When online sportsbook opened the Super Bowl prop on how long Alicia Keys will take to sing the Star Spangled Banner, it was 2 minutes 15 seconds, nearly 45 seconds longer than last year’s over-under.
Back at Super Bowl XLVI, former American Idol champ Kelly Clarkson breezed through the anthem at 1:34. Bovada’s Kevin Bradley had set the over-under at precisely 1:34.
He said it’s much longer this time because Keys plans to put her own spin on the song.
“Whenever a singer announces they will do their own rendition of the anthem, it complicates the situation because it usually runs much longer," said Bradley. “You are never sure what to expect.”
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In the last two years, Bradley's team predicted the length within a second. They pegged Christina Aguilera’s version at 1:55 and it came in one second shorter.
“I guess that makes us the unofficial best anthem handicappers around,” he joked. He said Beyonce took two minutes back in 2004.
There are four other Alicia Keys Super Bowl props, including the now-traditional bet on whether the singer will forget at least one word on the pressure-packed stage.
This is the sixth straight year the anthem will be sung by a woman, four of whom got their starts on American Idol (Jordin Sparks, Carrie Underwood, Jennifer Hudson, Clarkson). [ Latest American Idol odds ]
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS - How long will it take Alicia Keys to sing the US National Anthem?
Over/Under 2 minutes 15 seconds
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS - Will Alicia Keys be booed during or after her rendition of the US National Anthem?
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS - Will Alicia Keys forget or omit at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes +150 (3/2)
No -200 (1/2)
SUPER BOWL XLVII SPECIALS - Will Alicia Keys add at least 1 word of the official US National Anthem?
Yes +200 (2/1)
No -300 (1/3)