BATTLE OF NATIONAL ANTHEM SINGERS: Jamie Foxx versus Gail Banawis and The Word Chorale

Jamie Foxx (left) performed the American national anthem while Gail Bagawis (right) and The Word Chorale performed the Philippine national anthem during the Pacquiao-Mayweather boxing match.



Being chosen to sing the national anthem in a boxing match is a big deal, especially when the fight is dubbed the "Battle for Greatness" or "The Fight of the Century."

For the Manny Pacquiao versus Floyd Mayweather boxing match, the chosen singers would be able to perform in front of the 16,000 present at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas as well as millions watching all over the world.

The Philippine national anthem was performed by Fil-Am teen singer Gail Banawis and the Singing Pastors while Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx performed the "Star-Spangled Banner" for the United States.

In the past, the National Historical Institute of the Philippines has closely monitored the performances of past singers to see if they adhered to Section 37 of Republic Act 8491 or the "Flag and Heraldic Code of the Philippines."

(Learn more: Who got into trouble for singing the national anthem in Manny Pacquiao fights?)

Jamie Foxx is known for comedy films such as Horrible Bosses (2011) and White House Down (2013) and for playing the villain Electro in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014).

He has shown his musical skills in the 2006 movie Dreamgirls and and the 2014 movie version of the musical Annie.

In the 2001 movie Ali, Jamie portrayed Drew Bundini Brown, Muhammad Ali's longtime cornerman.

A report from mirror.co.uk indicates that Jamie is expected to play Mike Tyson in an upcoming movie reported to be Martin Scorsese's first boxing film since Raging Bull (1980).

He has had success on the Billboard charts when he became part of Kanye West's Hot 100 No. 1 hit "Gold Digger" and when he released his own song "Blame It," that topped the Hot R&B/Hip Hop Songs charts.

In his Instagram account, Jamie Foxx admitted that he is “honoured” to have been asked to sing the American national anthem.

A video tweeted by Top Rank Boxing showed Jamie practicing before the much-awaited event.

However, he received criticism for his rendition of the "Star-Spangled Banner."

An article from VH1 even dubbed Jamie's performance as "cringe-worthy." Kyle Hodge pointed out:

"He started off a little rough as his voice crackled shaking off the nerves. Also, he "tried" to give the song a unique soulful/gospel rhythm that at times came off very cringe worthy, especially the “Hallelujah” ending. It wasn’t the worst national anthem fail, but it was far from the best."

British reality TV star Vicky Pattison complimented the actor by tweeting: "Jamie Foxx singing the national anthem...POWERFUL."


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Jamie Foxx singing the national anthem.... POWERFUL.. Ÿ‘Š

— Vicky Pattison (@VickyGShore) May 3, 2015



Twitter users also mocked Jamie:


@ibeenjay asked: "Why Jamie Foxx say Hallelujah like the Anthem is a gospel song?"


Why Jamie Foxx say Hallelujah like the Anthem is a gospel song?

— Papi (@ibeenjay) May 3, 2015




@dancelittleliar pointed out: "im sorry but jamie foxx's singing was horrible. He made it sound like a parody and what's with the hallelujah at the end?"


im sorry but jamie foxx's singing was horrible. He made it sound like a parody and what's with the hallelujah at the end?

— the cure (@dancelittIeliar) May 3, 2015





@BasedChasen tweeted: "Jamie Foxx added an extra 4 minutes to the national anthem"


Jamie Foxx added an extra 4 minutes to the national anthem

— WavyWorld (@BasedChasen) May 3, 2015






GAIL BANAWIS. The 19-year-old Gail Banawis performed the "Lupang Hinirang" with The Word Chorale, a group of singing pastors from General Santos City.

The Fil-Am singer, born to a mother from Cebu and a father from Cotabato, hails from The Bronx, New York.

She is a freshman at Brooklyn College, where she is studying speech pathology.

Gail actually auditioned to perform for one of Pacquiao’s earlier bouts but another singer took her place.

On June 13, Gail will have an upcoming show with Air Supply at the Town Hall on Times Square in New York City.



Gail and The Word Chorale received praise from Twitter users:

@SiJaycee complimented them by tweeting: "#PacquiaoMayweather Gail Banawis and The Word Chorale sang Lupang Hinirang great and straight. Job well done!"


#PacquiaoMayweather Gail Banawis and The Word Chorale sang Lupang Hinirang great and straight. Job well done!

— Jace Burgos (@SiJaycee) May 3, 2015




@haohaoflakes gushed: "Very well sung!!!! Congrats pastors and gail banawis!!!!

#LabanParaSaPilipino #OneCountryForManny #PacquaioMayweather"



Very well sung!!!! Congrats pastors and gail banawis!!!! #LabanParaSaPilipino #OneCountryForManny #PacquaioMayweather

— janis ian (@haohaoflakes) May 3, 2015





PEPsters, what can you say about the performances of the national anthem singers?


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