"I have to put on the greatest show on earth, in the middle of the greatest show on earth. I have eight minutes to set it up and seven minutes to take it down and 12 minutes to put on the greatest show on earth. That's a lot of pressure.” said Madonna.
The most talked about, hyped about half-time performance of all time took place this Sunday at the Super bowl XLVI.
|Madonna on the throne|
The opening number “Vogue” saw Madonna on the throne looking defiant and dominant, further confirming to the world that The Queen was definitely back, only this time, making her entrance with the army of Roman soldiers. I would be lying if I was not at all thinking of Kylie Minogue’s Aphrodite world tour opening but this was of course way much bigger. The original choreography with a little bit of update, she and her energetic dancers recreated the magic of this timeless classic tune and succeeded. (Time has obviously changed. Now she has high-tech, huge production team and budget at her disposal)
Her #1 smash from 2000, “Music” was next. While dancing and part-lipsyncing, she almost took a little tumble and got us all worried. Being a pro, she kept on going as if it was part of her choreography. By the time she joined the group LMFAO for a mash-up of their monster hit “Party Rock Anthem” and her song “Music”, many of us were already on the floor bewitched, bewildered and bothered by Madonna. She even danced with the group members during “Sexy and I Know It”. IMFAO, that silly song was totally owned when she delivered the line “I’m sexy and I know it”
|LMFAO with Madonna at The Super Bowl|
Chick of the moment, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A and a massive cheer leading squad appeared on stage for the new single, namely “Give Me All Your Luvin”, from her eagerly-anticipated upcoming album “MDNA”. This cheerleading chant, some might say, is a little too inappropriate for a 53 year old woman but we all know when it comes to Madonna, there is no age nor limit. And what a gift she has for writing catchy choruses and hooks! You really want to hate this song but you can just make it leave your brain. “L.U.V, Madonna! Y.O.U, you wanna”. And it goes on and on and on and on…
|Nicki Minaj and Madonna performing at The Super Bowl|
Before we knew it, it was already time for the big finale. The marching band came onstage. And guess who the band leader was? The marvelous Ceelo Green! For a brief while, we thought she was going to sing “Open your heart” or “Express Yourself” but when the light went down and a mass of choir took the stage, it was clear. What else? There is only one song that could bring the world to her feet. “Like a Prayer” of course. “When you call my name it’s like a little prayer. Down on my knee, I wanna take you there” she sang –and she knew of course that we were all there with her. Lifted!
|Madonna and Ceelo Green Performing "Like A Prayer"|
Her costumes changes took only seconds and the incredible staging backed by technology, electrifying dancers, awe-inspiring costumes and blinding neon lights took this performance to a whole new level. Not only that, she collaborated with the hippest coolest youngsters and cleverly picked the songs that struck a chord with the audience. She lip-synched some parts which we can forgive as her energy was full on all throughout. So...here’s the question! Did this performance live up to the hype and everyone’s expectations? I don’t know but for nearly 13 minutes, the entire world stopped breathing.
|The Stage during the performance of "Vogue"|