Betting on Demi Lovato and the National Anthem odds for Super Bowl LIV

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Three things that America loves are football, the Star Spangled Banner, and a comeback story. All those things collide at Super Bowl LIV as Demi Lovato performs the National Anthem.

We at Covers also love wagering on sports and one of the most popular Super Bowl proposition bets (something even a non-football fan can root for) is the length of the National Anthem. We break down the odds for this always-entertaining Super Bowl betting option: 

First-timers betting this prop should know that most sportsbooks (the ones that allow it. Legal U.S.-based books, like those in Las Vegas, can’t offer betting on the National Anthem) grade the beginning and end time only when the singer begins and ends singing. Any music intro or ending doesn’t tack on to the total run time for the bet.

While the Over/Under for this wager was set at 1:50 last year (and could be had as low as 1:47 when it opened), many were expecting the 74-year-old Gladys Knight to not have the lung capacity she possessed in her younger days. But unlike Peyton Manning in Super Bowl 50, Knight performed like she was in her prime, clocking in at an “official” time of 1:53.

However, the anthem had as much controversy as the infamous “Tuck Rule”. Knight sang the word brave twice, going through her second brave at precisely the O/U time of 1:50. Thankfully, some sportsbooks paid out both Over and Under bettors.

The O/U for how long it takes Lovato to sing the anthem has been set around 1:56 at many operators. We compiled the National Anthem times for the last 20 renditions below, and wouldn’t you know it, the average run time over that period is 116.6 seconds or just over 1:56.

Year Super Bowl Performer Music Genre Time
2019 Super Bowl 53 Gladys Knight Soul, R&B 1:53
2018 Super Bowl 52 Pink Pop 1:52
2017 Super Bowl 51 Luke Bryant Country 2:04
2016 Super Bowl 50 Lady Gaga Pop 2:09
2015 Super Bowl 49 Idina Menzel Pop 2:04
2014 Super Bowl 48 Renee Fleming Opera 1:54
2013 Super Bowl 47 Alicia Keys Pop 2:35
2012 Super Bowl 46 Kelly Clarkson Pop 1:34
2011 Super Bowl 45 Christina Aguilera Pop 1:54
2010 Super Bowl 44 Carrie Underwood Country 1:47
2009 Super Bowl 43 Jennifer Hudson R&B 2:10
2008 Super Bowl 42 Jordin Sparks Pop 1:54
2007 Super Bowl 41 Billy Joel Rock ‘n’ Roll 1:30
2006 Super Bowl 40 Aaron Neville & Aretha Franklin Soul 2:08
2005 Super Bowl 39 US Military Academy Choirs Traditional 1:52
2004 Super Bowl 38 Beyonce Pop 2:09
2003 Super Bowl 37 Dixie Chicks Country 1:36
2002 Super Bowl 36 Mariah Carey Pop 1:56
2001 Super Bowl 35 Backstreet Boys Pop 1:50
2000 Super Bowl 34 Faith Hill Country 2:01

For those who aren’t familiar with Lovato, the 27-year-old award-winning singer is the daughter of a former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader and got her start on the small screen when she appeared in Barney and Friends at the age of 10 (seriously, we would not make this up).

Lovato released her first studio album just six years later and has since received numerous awards and nominations for her muscial accomplishments while also acting and serving as a judge on The X Factor USA. She has also struggled with substance abuse problems over the years and has been vocal about her ongoing recovery, a journey which has been an inspiration to many.

This is not Lovato’s first rodeo. She has sung the Star Spangled Banner at four MLB games and one boxing event. Of course, being the dedicated researchers (and gambling degenerates) we are, we timed every one of those performances and found her average was 116 seconds.

That said, as any sports fan knows, it’s not always about the average when trying to predict future performance. It’s about what athletes have done lately. Let’s take a look at each one of those renditions:

Event Year Time
Dallas Cowboys Game 2008 1:52
World Series, Game 5 2011 1:49
World Series, Game 4 2012 1:50
World Series, Game 4 2015 1:58
Mayweather vs McGregor Fight 2017 2:11

As you can see, Lovato has ramped up the length of her performances, topping out at an incredible 131 seconds before the Mayweather-McGregor bout. She has also developed a tendency to take a deep breath after “land of the free,” which allows her to hold the final note for a longer period of time. We’re backing a prime Demi Lovato to go Over the number on Super Bowl Sunday.