The Super Bowl halftime show is notoriously one of the biggest spectacles on the planet, and despite Super Bowl LI being more than six months away, rumors are already swirling about which superstar could be taking on the world famous slot in 2017.
A number of huge names have been banded about as to who could follow in the footsteps of Coldplay, Beyoncé, and Bruno Mars, who stole the show last year, but sources are now revealing that British superstar Adele is currently at the top of the NFL’s list of stars for Super Bowl LI.
According to a new report by the Sun, the NFL are “desperate” to get Adele to sign on the dotted line to perform during the halftime show in 2017 in Houston, Texas, after an NFL insider admitted that the federation is doing everything they can to get Adele to agree to a Super Bowl performance.
“There is nobody bigger in the world than Adele right now, and organisers are doing absolutely everything they can to try to persuade her to sign up,” the Super Bowl source told the site.
“[Adele’s] sold out every date on her tour, everyone wants a piece of her and they know they can bank on her bringing in the viewers,” the Sun‘s NFL insider continued, referring to Adele’s wildly popular tour that will see the British star performing more than 100 shows around the world before the tour wraps in November.
Adele has yet to comment on the swirling Super Bowl LI reports, though it’s thought that NFL executives are worried that she could potentially turn down the halftime offer due to nerves.
“It’s Adele’s nerves that are the issue,” the site’s source admitted, adding that attempting to persuade Adele to take her talent to the Super Bowl stage “hasn’t been an easy sell.”
Adele has been vocal about her struggle with nerves in the past, even telling concert goers during her headlining slot at Glastonbury festival that she’d put off appearing at the iconic event for years because she was “too scared” to take to the stage, according to the Belfast Telegraph.
“I’ve been too scared. I’ve wanted to do it all my life,” Adele told the crowd back in June, just months before the Super Bowl rumors began to swirl.
Adele and the NFL are yet to comment on the Super Bowl reports, though the news had a mixed reaction with fans on Twitter, with some claiming that Adele wouldn’t be able to bring the bells and whistles required to put on a show stopping Super Bowl halftime show.
“An artist like Adele can’t put on an entertaining show for the Super Bowl,” Twitter user @IBeenDranking wrote about the Super Bowl rumors, while @tcbenedetto tweeted out, “hearing Adele may perform the next Super Bowl halftime show? no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, please no.”
But while some social media users weren’t sold on the idea of Adele taking on Super Bowl LI’s halftime show, others couldn’t hide their excitement amid the speculation.
“It’s rumored that Adele is performing in the next Super Bowl Halftime show? That’d be great for me,” @SophLifecaster wrote on the 140-character site, and @Natti82 tweeted, “I really hope it’s true that @Adele is the Super Bowl act!”
But as the Super Bowl halftime act rumors continue to swirl around Adele, a number of other names have also been attached to the gig.
Hollywood Life claimed earlier this year that Jennifer Lopez was eyeing the slot for the 2017 event, while Houston Press is reporting that Taylor Swift is another frontrunner, with Justin Timberlake and Rihanna also in the running as potential halftime performers.
Would you like to see Adele as the Super Bowl LI halftime act in 2017?
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