Pop singer Alice says gig­gle dur­ing an­them at all-star game caused by ‘ex­cite­ment’

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Cana­dian pop singer Jo­ce­lyn Alice says she gig­gled while singing O Canada be­fore Tues­day’s MLB all-star game be­cause she was “over­come with ex­cite­ment.”

Call­ing the ex­pe­ri­ence one of the best days of her life, the Cal­gary na­tive tweeted Wed­nes­day that she saw some fel­low Cana­di­ans on the big screen and got caught up in the moment, prompt­ing her to laugh.

“I love my coun­try,” she tweeted. “I’m so proud to be Cana­dian.”

Alice was widely crit­i­cized for her per­for­mance by so­cial me­dia users, who seized on the fact Blue Jays first base­man Justin Smoak seemed to give her a dis­ap­prov­ing glance af­ter she gig­gled. He later said he didn’t no­tice her laugh.

It wasn’t the first time O Canada trig­gered con­tro­versy at all-star base­ball games.

Remi­gio Pereira of The Tenors at­tracted on­line fury at last year’s game when he sang, “We’re all broth­ers and sis­ters, all lives matter to the great,” in­stead of, “With glow­ing hearts we see thee rise, the True North strong and free.”

Pereira left The Tenors months later af­ter the other members of the quar­tet said he’d acted as a “lone wolf.”

In 2009, a recorded ver­sion of O Canada was played at St. Louis’s Busch Sta­dium in­stead of a live per­for­mance be­fore Sheryl Crow sang the Amer­i­can an­them.

Alice is known for her songs “Jack­pot” and “Bound to You.”

GRADY SAS, TWIT­TER

“I love my coun­try,” tweeted Cana­dian singer Jo­ce­lyn Alice.

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