Monday, February 2, 2015

OK, Let's Talk About Katy Perry's Halftime Show

Posted By on Mon, Feb 2, 2015 at 9:53 AM

Different outfits, same idea. Katy Perry got weird during her Super Bowl XLIX performance just like she did during her 2011 show at Scottrade Center. See more photos here. - JON GITCHOFF
  • Jon Gitchoff
  • Different outfits, same idea. Katy Perry got weird during her Super Bowl XLIX performance just like she did during her 2011 show at Scottrade Center. See more photos here.

Look, we know that the recent round of pop stars infiltrating the Super Bowl halftime show has upset football purists who just want to see old white dudes play guitar. And, yeah, after what feels like a gazillion years of nothing but safe performances by Paul McCartney and Tom Petty, a butt-shaking, deliciously sweaty Bruno Mars might be a little overwhelming.

That's why Katy Perry was a genius when she combined pop princess hijinks with old-school nostalgia.

See also: - Does Anybody Care About the Super Bowl Halftime Show Anymore? - Super Bowl Highlights: Fully Clothed Bruno Mars Gets More Swoons Than Shirtless Anthony Kiedis

Oh, sure, Perry's halftime show for Super Bowl XLIX was plenty weird. Her songs lasted all of twenty seconds each, and her vocals weren't even that great, which, given her range, was a little disappointing. But by digging deep into her big pop-culture treasure chest for themes and showpieces, Perry found a way to keep bored bro types engaged while performing directly for her fanatical adorers -- especially during her grand entrance. Don't know what we mean? See if you recognize these nostalgic staples that Perry emulated:

BLADES OF GLORY

Perry's first of many costumes brought to mind Blades of Glory, the 2007 film that starred Will Ferrell and Jon Heder as the world's first-ever same-sex figure-skating pairs team. Perry's likeness to Ferrell's character as she performed "Roar" was admirable, but something about that flaming outfit made us hungry.

CHEETOS

Remember when Perry dressed as a Flamin' Hot Cheeto for Kate Hudson's Halloween party last year? One spin as an orange-dusted snack food just wasn't enough for the pop star, apparently.

NASCAR

Not everyone gets a boner for cheese puffs, though (we don't understand you people), so Perry wisely pandered to the NASCAR crowd with her homage to stock car racer Jeff Gordon. See how Perry reached different audience sensibilities with just one outfit? Now think about how she entered the stage.

FAMILY GUY

That's right, friends, Katy Perry rode into the stadium on a giant robot dog-lion thing. Did she name it Montecore like Peter Griffin of Family Guy did? Who knows. But she captured the nerd crowd with this and with...

POKEMON

Gotta catch 'em all, Katy! Perry and her steed resembled Pikachu's friends and nemeses, particularly...

Emboar, the pig-like Pokemon that fights with fire! Joy of joys, Perry's probably spent time in a basement with role-playing card games, just like us.

POWER RANGERS

THAT'S FREAKING WHITE TIGERZORD! Katy had a Mighty Morphin power! Ok, her ride didn't go into full "warrior mode," but it did rear up while she made a "Rawwwrrr!" face like He-Man's arch-nemesis Skeletor. We're not going to lie -- we started crushing on Perry pretty hard once we realized what a giant nerd she was last night.

But the nostalgia trip didn't end with the opening number! No, Perry also held our attention during "Teenage Dream," when she had fun with balls.

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