Zooey Deschanel, alterna-It Girl, half of the duo She & Him, star of Fox’s hit sitcom New Girl, was given a mission impossible last night: sing the National Anthem before the fourth game of the World Series. No pressure. It’s only the Bermuda Triangle of songs which has picked clean the bones of accomplished vocalists from all genres.
Here’s how she did.
She started pretty low, which was smart, because most people crash on those high notes at the end. And props for remembering the words – although she did swallow a number of them. Only critique: she delivered it lullaby style. As you saw, almost put Cards’ skipper Tony LaRussa to sleep.
The funny part came afterwards. Since Fox was broadcasting the series, they had a row with some of their series stars sitting pretty, cameras ready to show them and announcer Joe Buck ready to plug them.
There was Zooey with a three of her castmates (who remained nameless) as well as Matthew Morrison and a very jittery Harry Shum Jr from Glee. That was in the fourth inning.
When the cameras went back to find them in the seventh? Nothing but empty seats. Ah well, maybe they’re Los Angeles Dodgers fans. The game ends in the fifth inning out in Chavez Ravine.
One more curiosity from last night: the premiere of ABC’s Once Upon a Time, a fairy tale fantasy enticed 12.8 million viewers in a highly competitive time slot against the Series and Sunday Night Football.