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Betting Line on Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan’s Super Bowl National Anthem Length Opens at 120 Seconds

Sally Le

by Sally Le in Entertainment

Jan 26, 2021 · 2:28 PM PST

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Eric Church will sing the Super Bowl 55 National Anthem alongside Jazmine Sullivan. (Photo by Townsquare Media / Flickr)
  • The Super Bowl national anthem has not been performed as a duet since 2006
  • The anthem at Super Bowl 55 will be performed by country star Eric Church and American vocalist Jazmine Sullivan
  • Will their performance exceed 120 seconds? See the odds, analysis, and best bet, below 

For each Super Bowl, a well-known vocalist is given the honor of performing our national anthem. Performance length varies each year making this a fun little prop bet. This year, the honors have been bestowed on Eric Church and Jazmine Sullivan.

How long will their performance be? The total has been set at exactly two minutes.

Super Bowl National Anthem Over/Under Odds

Over/Under Odds
Over 120 seconds -125
Under 120 seconds -105

Odds as of January 26, 2021.

The Super Bowl National Anthem Has Only Been a Duet Twice

Historically, the pre-game anthem is a solo performance. Church and Sullivan will be the first duet to sing the Star Spangled Banner at the Super Bowl in over a decade. The last national anthem collaboration took place in 2006 when the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin and American vocalist Aaron Neville paired up.  Franklin and Neville’s performance exceeded 120 seconds as the Queen of Soul powerfully belted out the final notes.

Church and Sullivan National Anthem Performance Track Record

While there is not any internet evidence of a national anthem performance by Church,  Sullivan performed the anthem at the NHL All-Star Game in Minnesota in 2004. Sullivan’s performance came in right under two minutes.

According to Rolling Stone magazine, Church and Sullivan have never performed together. The two are from drastically different genres of music. Rolling Stone reports, “Both artists have a history of experimenting and tinkering with genre.”

Sullivan has a soulful approach to singing, much like Aretha. Church is known for his country rebel flair. Aside from the differences in style, Covid will also impact the length.  Various sources have reported the execution details of the performance are still being hammered out.

The  Average Performance Length Is Under Two Minutes

Over the last 28 Super Bowls, the average performance length has been roughly one minute and 55 seconds. Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys broke the record for the longest anthem in Super Bowl history. Keys clocked in at two minutes and 35 seconds.

Sports Illustrated reports Jewel holds the title for the shortest performance at one minute and 27 seconds.  While the average has been under the two-minute mark, in 2019 SI.com shared, “Four of the last six Super Bowl anthems have gone beyond two minutes.”

The Anthem Will Be Under 120 Seconds

With Sullivan’s track record being right under the two-minute mark, picking the under is the safe bet. Unlike Sullivan, Church does not have the vocals to carry a note for very long. Church fans will agree the artist extends his songs via additional bars of music and instruments.

With the national anthem following a traditional musical cadence, Church will have very little room to apply his “creative genius.” Aside from Church and Sullivan’s musical styles, the performance is likely to be executed in an efficient manner with Covid safety in mind.

Not only do signs point to a quick and tidy rendition this year, but this performance may also be the shortest we have seen in some time.

Pick: under 120 seconds (-105)

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