Fans await wild medley from Katy Perry at Super Bowl XLIX

January 20, 2015 — by Fiona Sequeira and Neehar Thumaty

Like a dark horse, Katy Perry came out of nowhere to seal a gig at the biggest performance slot in American pop culture: the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will be watched by at least 115 million people. Leading artists Rihanna and Coldplay were also in contention for the coveted job, but the pop diva will be the star the crowd is roaring for on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Like a dark horse, Katy Perry came out of nowhere to seal a gig at the biggest performance slot in American pop culture: the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show, which will be watched by at least 115 million people. Leading artists Rihanna and Coldplay were also in contention for the coveted job, but the pop diva will be the star the crowd is roaring for on Feb. 1 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

Perry’s name wasn’t just picked out of a hat; the NFL’s selection was calculated. Perry’s last two albums have hit No. 1 on Billboard’s U.S. charts, and her multi-platinum “Teenage Dream” matched the record Michael Jackson set with “Bad” for most songs from a single album to hit No. 1 with five, rendering her the only female artist to achieve this honor.

Yet some still believe that Perry is not talented enough, arguing that her voice is far too autotuned.

“The first time I heard her voice on the radio, I thought it was made by a computer,” said sophomore Anthony Barthell.

Although Perry’s vocal game may be subpar compared to some other leading artists in the music industry, even critics concede that her stunning theatrics will steal the show. Perry should take full advantage of the high-publicity stage to showcase her knack for bringing her music to life in crazy, fun and imaginative ways.

Considering her presence as an artist, Perry fans expect nothing less than a full-force, high-energy and wild medley which incorporates her smashing hits: “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” “E.T.,” “Roar,” “Dark Horse” and “Firework.”

Viewers seek an action-packed, entertaining 15 minutes, filled with creative characters and costumes, such as a galactic-themed sequined alien or leopard-print suit, along with epic high-flying stunts, decorations such as palm trees or cotton candy clouds and  an inspired set design. With such a wide array of music, the possibilities are endless, and surprises are where Perry is clutch.

Through amazing theatrics and songs infused with high-energy, fans expect nothing less than the best from Perry. Fans eagerly await not only the football, but also the half-time production where Katy will seize the stage with a bang. 

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