By Bree Reyes |Staff Writer|
Katy Perry’s Super Bowl XLIX halftime performance was the most-watched halftime show ever, with 118.5 million viewers, according to Nielsen Music in a Billboard article.
Perry opened the halftime show with her song “Roar,” while she rode a giant tiger down the center of the field and soon after used visual effects of a chess board for her song “Dark Horse.”
“I wondered whether she [Katy] was on a tiger or a lion, I couldn’t tell,” said Juan Martinez, a third year at CSUSB, “She was very predictable, but I did like how she was suspended from a star and the illusion of the chess board during “Dark Horse.”
The show comprised a medley of Perry’s top-charting singles, lasting 12 minutes, and included guest performances from Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot.
Perry posted her feelings on Twitter the day after the Super Bowl, stating, “MOST WATCHED SHOW IN US HISTORY?! Whelp, I gotta keep reminding myself I put my pants on leg at a time… But, yes I am incredibly proud!”
The singer also had her finger tattooed with “XLIX” after the halftime show, posting a photo to Instagram of her new ink work with the caption, “I thought it would be appropriate to draw blood tonight… XLIX”
CSUSB students and staff had mixed reviews on the performance.
“I liked it because I’m a fan of Katy Perry and it brought light to the Super Bowl,” said Christina Raney, a third year at CSUSB. “I liked her whole performance, with Missy Elliot and Lenny Kravitz. All she needed was Snoop Dogg and I would have been happy.”
Lenny Kravitz sang and played guitar for Perry’s “I Kissed A Girl,” and transitioned to a beach-themed party to showcase “Teenage Dream” and “California Gurls.”
Perry’s performance included dancing palm trees, beach balls, surf boards, and two sharks.
One of the two sharks was clearly not following the choreography. Social media soon created memes, gifs, and named the dancer “left shark.”
She ended the show with her song “Firework,” suspended in the air on a shooting star with fireworks bursting for a bright finale.
However, it was Missy Elliot’s guest performance that had everyone talking. Elliot performed three of her singles, “Get Ur Freak On,” “Work It,” and “Lose Control,” making her music sales in the U.S. increase by 99.6 percent, according to Nielsen Music in Billboard.com’s article on the performance.
Elliot took to Twitter to express her gratitude stating, “To be honest, I didn’t realize how much I was missed til last night. I’m crying y’all 4give me I just can’t stop thanking God & y’all.”
“Missy blew up on iTunes after the show,” said Rafael Ramos, a fourth year at CSUSB. “I think Missy Elliot overshadowed Katy Perry because of the prestige she has from those who know who she is. I want her to make a comeback. She’s already in the studio with Diplo and Skrillex.”
Vanessa Sandoval, a fourth year at CSUSB and Stacey Sanchez, a second year, claimed they did not need to see the performance because of social media.
“I didn’t watch the Super Bowl because I was studying, but I didn’t really need to see it because of all the reactions on social media,” said Sandoval. “I saw memes comparing her outfits to a Hot Cheetos bag, Will Ferrell’s outfit from the movie ‘Blades of Glory,’ and Hot Dog on a Stick. I saw everything I needed to see.”
Perry also had some critics of the performance.
“Katy Perry’s performance was good, but her songs are so outdated,” said Madison Shaw, a second year at CSUSB, “She needs to come out with new music. I mean she killed it on stage, but I’ve seriously heard those songs a million times.”
Donna Gotch, a Communications professor at CSUSB, had comments on the performance as well.
“I liked her performance, but no one can beat Beyonce,” said Gotch, “That’s my girl, but the performance was okay.”
Overall, the halftime show left CSUSB students and staff with mixed feelings, and social media garnered to those who did not tune in to the Super Bowl performance.