Katy Perry is set to play next year’s Superbowl half time show. The singer was reportedly approached in August, along with Coldplay and Rihanna, though there seems to be some confusion over what sort of deal was reached.
The NFL reportedly want stars to pay to perform at the Superbowl, thanks to the amount of exposure they will receive in return. Earlier this year, however, when asked for her thoughts, Perry was decidedly sniffy, declaring, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Superbowl.” The NFL have said that any deals it reaches with performers will remain confidential.
Certainly Perry has been rather full on in her enthusiasm for the sport of late. She recently appeared on ESPN’s College Game Day, which no doubt upped the ratings, and apparently implored Oklahoma quarterback Trevor Knight to call her. If he didn’t then he’s a fool.
Of course, the Superbowl is in another league (literally) to college football, and the audiences for their half time shows are huge. Could it be that the organisers are trying to sweeten the NFL image after the bad press they’ve received this season surrounding allegations of domestic abuse and player safety?
Who knows, but although Katy Perry certainly likes to have fun with her act, she is a safer bet for a family friendly show than Rihanna, and I would imagine she will also steer clear of any ‘wardrobe malfunctions.’ Let’s face it though, regardless of why they’ve asked her, there’s the simple fact that Perry’s songs are just great.
Billboard have pointed out that not only does Katy Perry bring 54 million twitter followers with her, many of which would tune in to see the star perform, she also just happens to have a gap in her touring dates around the time of the Superbowl, which will air on February 1 on NBC.
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