UPDATED ON 2/4/20 AT 3:02 a.m.: In an attempt to clear up what happened, Paula Abdul tweeted a defense of her using a picture of Nicole Scherzinger instead of Shakira in her post anticipating the Super Bowl performers.
"I wanted to include this photo to commemorate this great football memory," she wrote in a new tweet after Nicole had responded to what certainly looked like a mistake. "Even as a masked singer I couldn't mistake you. As if we don't go way back!"
In her new tweet, Abdul shared several pictures of herself with Scherzinger, including the one from her Super Bowl tweet dating back to their time as judges on the US edition of "The X Factor."
.@NicoleScherzy I wanted to include this photo to commemorate this great football memory! Not to mistake you for Shakira. Nicole, even as a masked singer I couldn't mistake you. As if we don't go way back! xoP ❤️ pic.twitter.com/kjAMQUnzyU
The reason people think Abdul confused Scherzinger and Shakira is that her original post tagged the three Super Bowl performers and included three pictures, one of Jennifer Lopez, one of Demi Lovato and that one of Nicole Scherzinger. So there was no pic of Shakira (who was tagged) and no tag for Scherzinger (who was pictured).
Ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl, an eager Abdul tweeted out that she couldn't wait to watch Jennifer Lopez, Shakira and Demi Lovato perform during football's biggest night. Lopez and Shakira were set to rock the halftime show, while Lovato was selected to sing the national anthem at the start of the game.