Really? The BEST we could do for the Super Bowl halftime show is…MADONNA? Come on already, how long do we have to pay for the “wardrobe malfunction”?? That was in Super Bowl 38 for goodness sake! We’re on Super Bowl 46 now…at least that’s what I think XLVI means.
BUT MAYBE THERE’S HOPE!! According to my secret source (google), the Cirque de Soleil and Nicki Minaj are joining the Material Girl. Maybe they can salvage what should be the best musical performance in 2012. After all, it is supposed to be the best football game of the year and we all get to watch the much anticipated $4 million commercials, right?
Just to see why this pick has caused some frustration in the fan surveys, here are the performers for the last five years:
2011 – The Black Eyed Peas, Usher, and Slash
2010 – The Who
2009 – Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
2008 – Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
2007 – Prince and the Florida A&M University Marching Band
See the pattern? Except for 2011, when someone actually showed signs of a pulse while planning the huge event, the picks have been mediocre at best. And it’s not that I don’t like Madonna, I do in that “flashback to high school” kinda way, but seriously…does anyone want to hear Like a Virgin one more time?
More good news. Wikipedia has the song list to be performed during Super Bowl XLVI (random thought…but we don’t say who was the XLII-nd President), and thankfully, Like a Virgin is nowhere to be found. That’s one Lucky Star for us, I guess…here it is:
Gimme All Your Luvin – Madonna and Nicki Minaj (Dear God, please, please, please don’t let them kiss)
Ray of Light – Madonna (first released in 1998, ok this one doesn’t seem too bad)
Vogue – Madonna (released in 1990…I graduated high school in 1990 people and I’m 40!)
Music – Madonna (released in 2000…whew, only 12 years old. Getting warmer…)
Holiday – Madonna (O. M. G. Come on…that was 1983. Why don’t we throw in “Physical” by Olivia Newton-John? That was 1981!)
Well…thanks for stopping by Nicki. Glad you could help out with ONE song. Try to behave. And if you do, maybe they’ll ask you back in 25 years!
And this isn’t just Madonna bashing, this is a female fan of the Super Bowl who is frustrated with all the commercials geared towards men and the halftime show geared towards senior citizens. That might be a bit harsh, but perception is reality in my world. And I know Madonna is still creating hits and people say her concerts are awesome, well….my Grandma says that anyway.
According to the Nielson ratings for the 2010 Super Bowl, (probably somewhere around XXXVXLIIII minus CTMVCFIIII), 106.5 million people were watching, 33.6% of those were women, and most of the entire viewing audience was between 19 and 49. If you’re trying to please the masses let’s get some current musical action….pretty please!
And for those responsible for scheduling next year’s show…Cindy Lauper, Tears for Fears, the Beastie Boys, and Rick Springfield are all busy!