“During her 12 or so minutes on the University of Phoenix Stadium field on Sunday, she held her own, navigating a handful of her smashes and three wardrobe changes in a performance that resisted bad mood, spanning all of Ms. Perry’s modes.”
However, there were problems. According to Sports Illustrated, Perry‘s show relied on darkness. Her creative director Baz Halpin planned things for months with Katy Perry. There were weeks of rehearsals and other types of planning. Halpin didn’t even think about the one thing that could ruin the show and Katy Perry’s reputation – daylight.
The Super Bowl had started a little after 4:30 p.m. and as halftime approached, the sun was still shining. If it was still bright out, Katy Perry’s lion’s shell would have looked fake and ridiculous, as well as other props. It would have looked like an elementary school play. According to Yahoo Sports, coach Pete Carroll saved Katy Perry from a Janet Jackson-like disaster.
“The coach’s aggressive play-calling and decision to go for a touchdown instead of running out the clock was the difference between a successful halftime show and one that would have been ruined by a sun that hadn’t quite set…In fact, it seemed at one point that the show would most certainly be performed in the light. It took three scoring drives to stretch out the first half. The last critical drive – started with 31 seconds left before halftime, and when the Seahawks could have easily kneeled down and gone to the locker room – involved three timeouts and one stoppage in play.”
The Super Bowl Halftime Show may be an honor for an artist or group to perform at, something Katy Perry talked about a lot before her performance. Unfortunately, careers can be ruined if things don’t turn out right. Just ask Janet Jackson, who exposed her breast to billions of people all over the world in 2014. She claimed it was a “wardrobe malfunction” while most others believed it was a publicity stunt that didn’t quite work. And it didn’t work. After the stunt, Janet’s career went from hot to freezing in a matter of days and she hasn’t been able to recover.
The Black Eyed Peas didn’t have any “wardrobe malfunctions” in 2011. But their show was considered horrible. After the performance, the group pretty much became irrelevant. Madonna is probably thanking her lucky stars that she was pulled from the stage at the BRIT Awards rather than the Super Bowl. Katy Perry could have gone down like the others, but became triumphant in the end.
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