Scotty McCreery sang the National Anthem at Game 1 of the World Series on Wednesday night, but it didn't go off without a hitch. The 'American Idol' winner was faced with a microphone malfunction as he kicked off his performance.

McCreery was introduced to the crowd at Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Mo., but when their applause dissipated, there was only silence. McCreery began the first verse of 'The Star-Spangled Banner,' but it became quickly apparent that something was wrong. The camera went to a shot of the 18-year-old, who was singing, but couldn't be heard.

The camera quickly cut to a shot of the American flag as producers worked to remedy the issue. Within seconds, McCreery restarted his performance, and delivered a flawless rendition of the notoriously difficult tune. That's more than we can say for Christina Aguilera!

Wednesday night marked the first game of the 2011 World Series, a match-up between the American League’s Texas Rangers and the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals. Singing at the event was a huge honor for the avid baseball fan.

"This is absolutely incredible for me," McCreery said in a press release before the game. "I have had two loves in my life -- music and baseball. The World Series is the biggest event in baseball, so to be there and be able to sing the National Anthem is like putting my two greatest loves together."

Watch Scotty McCreery Perform the National Anthem at the World Series