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A national anthem singer insisted she wasn't drunk for a performance



Jennie Lea's rendition of the national anthem at the Summit County Fair in Coalville, Utah made the singer the talk of the internet after officials publicly apologized for what the crowd heard, according to our affiliate WJLA.

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Lea insists she wasn't intoxicated during the performance last Saturday after some blasted her online questioning whether she was drunk.

"I understand why they thought that I was completely hammered," she said. "I listened to the recordings and I was like - wow."

Lea said she finds peace in the beauty around her childhood home - and that's exactly what she needed after becoming an unwanted meme.

"It was definitely a huge dig into my pride into who I am," she said. "When I started singing I was like this is not going to be good."

Lea added that she has been been trolled online because of her bad moment.

The singer noted feedback and not having a sound check before the performance is what led to her poor sounding vocals.

Our Salt Lake City affiliate KUTV on Tuesday reported that Summit County officials issued a statement regarding Lea's performance Monday following a large public response.

Many of those in attendance reportedly felt like the performance was disrespectful to the U.S. and made light of its flag.

Krachel Greenwood, Summit County’s public affair coordinator, told 2News that more than 25,000 people visit the fair, and they are taking full responsibility for the performance.

“It appeared she (the singer) had a solid history," she said. "She is from Summit County. We always try to highlight local talent."

Greenwood noted the county's fair board has a committee who selects those who sing the national anthem, and that this particular singer came recommended by word of mouth.

“We don’t have a clear answer on what happened,” she said. “We are re-evaluating our procedures on how talent is selected, screening mic checks and even paying more attention in the final moments before the performance.”

Greenwood would not deny or confirm whether the performer was intoxicated.

“We are also looking into interference with our microphone system and audio feedback," she said. "She claims she couldn’t hear very well.”

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