In the weeks leading up to the big 12-minute-long event – which was viewed by some 111.3 million Americans – Madge was saying things like, “I don’t want to do the Super Bowl unless I can really give it my all, and really focus all my attention on it,” and typing other things to her fans like, “Your Love and support means the world to me and will give me the wings to fly through the Super Bowl!!”
And fly she did – right off a bleacher seat (almost).
The show, for me, was quite lacklustre. I mean, this is Madonna; she paved the way for shockers like Lady Gaga and Katy Perry. So, I expected something – anything! – shocking. But, the only shock of the show (if you can even call it that) was when MIA cussed, as she does in the actual song, and flipped off the camera.
On an aside, I missed this supposed flipping of the bird, and was only alerted with the NFL apologized profusely and the mediasphere lit ablaze (OMG! The Finger!). Am I the only one who is just about as unabashed as possible about this?
There’s no question that Madonna looks good for her, or any, age – which is an impressive 54, by the way, but on Sunday she showed it more than ever – her age, that is.
She teetered on sky-high heels when she should have strutted; she wobbled onto bleachers when she should have leapt; and she feebly hoisted her leg in the air – with the help of LMFAO’s DJ SkyBlu – when she should have . . . . left that particular move off stage.
She also should have left the air humping off stage, and maybe would have avoided the various references to her “meat curtains” on the 10,245 tweets per second that her show garnered (though, we must disclose, less than one-third of those tweets were negative).
But perhaps most disappointing is that Madonna seemed to lip-synch for most of the show. Her vocals weren’t breathy as you’d expect for an obviously challenging semi-acrobatic performance, and were just a bit too on key. Especially compared to her finale – a full gospel choir version of her 1989 hit, ‘Like a Prayer’. The song was simple (or as simple as you can say for a massive choir, led by Cee Lo Green, congregating on a stage in the middle of a football field), and Madonna performed it well.
It’s a shame, then, that Madonna didn’t leave viewers with this graceful end. Instead, the field was emblazoned with the words “WORLD PEACE”, as the singer descended under the stage in a cloud of smoke.
What did you think of Madonna’s Super Bowl Halftime Show?