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5 of the Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever
Super Bowl XLVI is just around the corner with Madonna slated to be the halftime performer. Whether or not the Material Girl will pull off a decent show is still to be determined. All we can hope is that her performance is better than my five picks for the worst Super Bowl halftime performances that I ever saw.
Black Eyed Peas - Super Bowl XLV - 2011
There is a reason that modern music relies on synthesizers and auto tuners and the Black Eyed Peas demonstrated why with their abysmal halftime performance.
Costumes with the moving lights that blended in with the flashing stage were dizzying as it was. Then there were all of the creepy glow-in-the-dark dancers surrounding the stage. They weren't too bad from a distance; but close-up shots were kind of scary. And then the Peas opened their mouths to sing. They were off-key and yelled a lot, which sounded horrible. Slash's and Usher's cameos were unexpected surprises, but the Peas ruined their hit songs.
New Kids of the Block - Super Bowl XXV - 1991
I was a huge New Kids fan back in the day. I remember excitedly waiting for the halftime show so that I could see them again. But looking back on it, I don't know what I was thinking.
The Disney theme was to support the children of the troops who were off fighting the war in Iraq. It started with a bunch of kids being led out by Mickey Mouse singing "It's a Small World" and "We Are the World." And then NKOTB burst onto the stage and sang "Step by Step" and a bit of "This One's For the Children." The sentiment was nice, but it seemed so out of place for a football game. Even the network didn't seem to be too fond of it, as they preempted the pre-recorded performance for Operation Desert Storm coverage.
Elvis Presto - Super Bowl XXIII - 1989
Instead of getting a real musical act to play during the halftime show, let's try out an impersonator, instead! Elvis Presto looks nothing nothing like Elvis Presley and barely even sounds like him. His dancers and the opening sequence give you motion sickness. He also decided to try the biggest card trick ever. We all donned our 3D glasses and waited to be amazed. It didn't work.
Gloria Estefan with Olympic Figure Skaters Brian Boitano and Dorothy Hamill - Super Bowl XXVI - 1992
I hardly even remember this particular halftime show. Oh wait. That's because we quickly tired of its cheese and flipped over to Fox to catch the "Men on Football" sketch on "In Living Color." That was actually hilarious, as usual. The "Winter Magic" show that we left behind just didn't fit in with the whole idea of a knock down-drag out football show and seemed more appropriate for an earlier decade. Perhaps it was an early attempt to marry two totally different genres, like when the Grammys decided to have Eminem and Elton John do a duet. But this one failed miserably.
Janet Jackson, featuring Justin Timberlake- Super Bowl XXXVIII - 2004
Yes, this is the year of the infamous "wardrobe malfunction" that people have attempted to recreate ad nauseum. And we still do not believe that it was accidental.
Janet opened up singing "It's All For You" and "Rhythm Nation." Her performance was impeccable. Justin joined her onstage and followed her while singing "Rock Your Body." And then "it" happened. It was unnecessary and caused serious fallout, thus negating an otherwise great show.
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