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Sunday, 3 February 2013

Five Things I Want To See From Beyonce During Her 2013 Super Bowl Performance



The night is upon us!! Beyonce is going to be tearing up the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans tonight, with her Super Bowl, half-time extravaganza. So why the early post? Well, I wanted to let you guys know what I'm hoping we'll see from the entertainer on this momentous day!

But this is a blog, with the ability for people to comment turned on (yes, I can switch it off!), so I obviously want to hear about your expectations, too! So drop a comment, after you've read my top-five things I want to see from Beyonce's 2013 half-time show, below! We can compare them with the actuality tomorrow, after the show!

So let's get started:
  1. Live vocals. I don't even mind if B outsources some of her vocals to her backing singers (no, I'm not shading Kelly and Michelle here!) while she gets her groove on. But I really don't want to hear any semblance of a backing track, if for her sake only! The truth of the matter is, most people don't understand what the purpose a backing-track is, and only need to catch a glimmer of another Beyonce voice going on to start another Lip-syncing scandal. And Beyonce certainly doesn't need that.

    Before we carry on, let's take a moment to remind ourselves of just how good that voice can be:



  2. DC Reunion. This is Beyonce's moment, but some of her best known hits occurred with her Destiny's Child sisters, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams. Therefore I'd love to see a DC medley, featuring a reunion of some sorts. This will be a tricky ask, considering the fifteen-minute window Beyonce has for the entire performance. So she'll have to weigh giving the other members a respectful amount of shine, while still keeping the show about herself. Tough task,but it would make the night super special.

  3. Dancing: But more so than just dancing- because we know she can do that- I want to see Beyonce rock some new choreography. There are signature moves that go with most of her biggest hits, and even I won't expect her to touch the Single Ladies routine, considering how much of a popular culture phenomenon that became. But the truth of that matter is, for all of us who watch a lot of Beyonce's performances, we've seen it all before. I'd LOVE to see Beyonce rocking some new moves-taken from other schools of dance- that don't boil down to shaking her booty and whipping her hair. A gross underestimation, I know, but it's a performance style that I'm not quite sure what to call. However, the folks over at Stan-Wars hilariously satirised it with this GIF:


    Show us how you're like the great entertainers, Beyonce: demonstrate your versatility as a dancer.

  4. Sets/Fireworks/ General spectacle: We saw Madonna make sure 2012's Super Bowl half-time show was a visual extravaganza, with the inclusion of set changes, set pieces and a massive army of extras (including famous guest stars)! Well, Beyonce has the power to trump all of this because she can bring everything Madonna did BUT all done with the addition of a killer vocal!! If B can deliver the visual excess, and combine it with something like the show she put on at Glastonbury, then this 2013 half-time show will certainly be one to remember.






  5. Surprise us! I'm not talking a baby bump, or new music type surprise. Nor am I speaking of the career-ending kind Ms Janet gave in 2004. Give us something we totally didn't see coming, and something that'll have us talking about this Super Bowl show from here until eternity. It's easy for me to ask for something so vague, and awesome, but I'm not the entertainer with a team of creative individuals working for them! Whatever you do, though, we all understand everything has already been done, but even still, TRY to keep it as original as possible.

    Whatever happens, I'm wishing you luck, Beyonce!! I'm on the edge of my seat in anticipation!


But what about you guys? What do YOU want/expect from Beyonce's half-time show? Let me know, below!

74 comments:

  1. I love that line about Madonna and really beyonce please dont lip sync I would hate to have to argue with opie for two hours again ;-)

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  2. I'm sooo excited!! I totally agree with all 5 of your points. Beyonce is one of the best live performers alive and if there ever was a time for her to bring it her all, now would be the time!!!!!! DC so needs to make an appearance and I totally agree about the dancing!

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  3. LOL If you guys simply accepted immediately I am right...we wouldn't have to argue for two hours.;-D

    But as far as the show goes...I expect live vocals and a good show.
    Nothing which will WOW me but just a solidly good show.

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  4. Hey Hannah, good to see you back.Been a while. :-)

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  5. well DD did you see "the miss carter show" world tour poster leak ?, your prayers maybe answered :)

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  6. Thanks! I miss arguing with you haha, just kidding. Just started a new semester in college but I forgot this is easily one of my favorite places on all the interwebs!

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  7. Hmmm one thing I know is that it will not surpass the rather splendid spectacle that was Madonna! I am sure it shall be a glossy affair, full of the typical exuberant Bey energy!


    It will have played by now though I think?

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  8. I second Opie's statement! Welcome back love, hope you are well :)

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  9. You know, I've reached that point where I'd rather listen to- and buy the albums of- Keri Hilson rather than Beyonce. It's not the ordinariness of her voice, or her lack of good character, but overexposure that has ruined Bey forever for me.

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  10. I agree with all your points and I expect so much of this performance. We all know that Beyoncé can deliver breath-taking performances, so I have no doubt this will be one of them. They are certain things that are a given, like live vocals. She sings 95% live without a backtrack, while her backup singers help her in the parts with more choreography. I don't expect new choreography but I expect her to put all the energy in every single step. I don't believe a DC reunion is happening, since Michelle is in Fella! and she denied this happening. I'm so excited, I can't wait to see this performance, it's going to be EPIC!

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  11. Speaking of Hilson I have just read an article stating she is going to star alongside Vin Diesel, Karl Urban and Katee Sackhoff in Riddick (third sequel to Pitch Black then The Chronicles of Riddick). Love both of those movies and mega excited for this! I hope she is not a hammy actress! :)

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  12. The one thing that was missing from her performance was homogeneity.
    I personally felt it lacked a flow, very choppy.
    My only complaint.

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  13. Overall I found her performance to be excellent! Good to see the trio back together performing again, even if it is a one off!


    The dancing was pretty great too! My respect is slowly returning hehe

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  14. I loved the performance Beyonce rocked it. I love how she used the rest of DC for two seconds then dismissed them sad life of Michele "somebody i used to know"

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  15. I know great live vocals and dancing

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  16. Did it out do the dusty Madonna

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  17. I kinda agree but I don't think flow would work well for her with the dancing, song changes, and the hair swinging

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  18. Vocally yes, but not with the staging...Madonna really put on a show. Taking nothing away from Bey, this was impressive!

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  19. A respectable opinion

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  20. Eff, em, El.....I missed it... :(

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  21. it will be overdone on youtube soon

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  22. What William typed faster than me lol

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  23. haha sorry study

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  24. I think it was but Michelle could of stayed were she was I never really liked her

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  25. I think that is the thing with Hollywood I think celebrity explode real quick (though bey has been working for over a decade) I dont like Keri attitude

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  26. I don't mean to say I particularly like Keri. I'm saying that Beyonce has done so much recently I've gotten sick of her.

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  27. Oh yeah she has

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  28. Eh, it just felt off. It felt like several performances jammed into one.

    I'm not a big Madonna fan, but look at her performance. She cleanly transitioned from one song to another, she kept the energy and momentum going from one song to another. Which in an event like the Super Bowl (or any football game really) it is crucial to keep the energy up and going. That's what I wanted in Beyonce's performance, but I felt was unfortunately missing.

    Beyonce delivered great vocals and dancing though.

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  29. Oh Im closing my eyes Madonna better than Beyonce I can believe I'm reading this :), between you and opie my heart is being crushed :)

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  30. Not once in my comment did I say that Madonna was better than Beyonce.

    Beyonce delivered vocals and dancing in a far higher echelon than Madonna, I just wished that Beyonce's performance flowed as well as Madonna's did. That is all.

    Her performance, while nice, felt jagged and choppy because of how she just ended songs and then started another.

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  31. OK my life is back in homeostasis

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  32. Well...all of those things happened. GO BEYONCE!

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  33. Well...prepare for more upset. I definitely thought Madonna's show, on a whole, was far more energetic and enteraining.

    Got to say this was exactly what I expected and I remain generally unimpressed with Beyonce. Especially the dancing. Beyonce fans hype it up so much, maybe that is why.
    Or maybe it's because I recently saw two Bette Midler shows and P!nk's ''Funhouse'' tour dvd. And her recent live perfomances of Try

    All in all I would think only actual Beyonce fans will be wowed by this. I expect the rest of us will find this pretty forgettable.

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  34. I agree, kinda, with what many think. Madonna's show was more impressive; and the fireworks, lights, stage and production in general were better. However, I believe Beyoncé was ten times better than Madonna, just because she didn't need that much excess and opulence. Unlike Madonna, Bey is really talented, both vocally and regarding her dancing skills and stage presence. This is the same difference that you will find in a Britney concert when you compare it whit a Kelly Clarkson or Beyoncé concert. Britney and Madonna, and many more of course, have to rely on big productions because they don't have enough talent to rely on themselves completly. They have to put those huge shows to drag people's attention, because their dancing skills and voices can't do that.
    I think that even though Beyoncé's production was not as good as Madonna; Bey, as an artist, was way better than the latter one. I prefer going to a small Bey concert when she sings acoustic (like in the Halo video posted above) rather than going to a Madonna's, Katy Perry's, or Britney's concert; where the show and production is going to overshadow the real raw talent.

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  35. Pink in Try does a different style of dancing all together, but alas we have two differing opinions again, but you have a respectable opinion

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  36. I know Alicia should take note

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  37. The live singing and audience interaction made it far more energetic than Madonna's... But I really wish she could actually change some of her choreographies and stop starting every performance the same way. The medley was a bit messy too. Madonna's had a far better concept (Cleopatra enterting Roma? It's ridiculous how much this fits the situation) and execution... In the end, Beyoncé delivered more showmanship and Madonna delivered more spectacle... both were very entertaining.

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  38. I respect your opinion as well William. :-)
    I know it's different style of dancing ( Bette's is closer in style).
    I just meant that Pink's shows for me deliver that "WoW'' factor. Remember her Grammy performance as well! Where she did yet again something different.

    What Beyonce showed us here was pretty much what I saw her do at Glastonberry. Only difference was more background dancers. Whose routine was also not particularly inventive or visually interesting. They mostly did the same as B did. Flashier lights.
    And yeah...the guitarist had firerockets on his guitar! Big whoopdidoo.

    I most certainly think she gave us DD's first two but not 3,4 and 5 imo.

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  39. I think 3 and 4 were their but 5 was an almost impossible task

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  40. Why ''impossible''? Pink manages to surprise people. ;-)

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  41. Beyonce has performed more and besides this new dancing she has been the same

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  42. I am not sure of how you mean either statement?

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  43. Beyonce has made a lot more performances than P!nk so there for its hard stay original and pink has been the same except for this new dancing she does

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  44. Thanks for clarifying.
    More performances that look the same has little to do with the matter it seems to me.
    I've seen Pink do the Grammy thing, the Try routine and straightforward standing behind a mic. Those are three very different things.
    Besides..I wasn't asking for ''original''. Just something surprising for Beyonce. Not something different from anyone else. But different from what Beyonce usually does.
    Because I got exactly what I expected. And I hardly know her work. Beyonce surprising me would not be a hard feat to accomplish therefor.

    Anyway, sounds to me like we agree on her delivering 2 and 3. And not delivering 5.
    Considering our differences, agreeing on 3 out of 5 isn't too bad now is it? ;-)

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  45. no not at all :)

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  46. Id love to quote Ellen right here... "This weekend is the superbowl. Or as non football fans call it "Beyonce concert"." lol

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  47. I'll have to disagree there. In her prime, Britney was an incredible dancer, doing way more complicated choreographies than Beyoncé. But Beyoncé is a way stronger vocalist of course. But the big difference is also the vocal style. Beyoncé always sing very powerfully and never softly on her dance songs, where Britney often sings in a sensual and delicate breathy way. It has an impact on the energy of the performance too.

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  48. I love how you said at her prime she is only 31 we don't know what she may do after this, and beyonce who is the same age is still dancing and singing way better than brittany

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  49. Yeah, but Britney's prime was a decade ago. I'm talking about the present time. Britney was an amazing dancer, and the choreographies she used to perform were more complicated and interesting than Beyoncé's, that's true. But it feels like a lifetime ago, do you know what I mean? Now Britney can't dance, she only walks across the stage and moves her arms.

    Britney sings softly because she can't sing in any different way. If she could belt, I know she'd do it. She used to have a strong voice, songs like I Will Be There (uptempo) or From the Bottom of My Broken Heart (ballad) showcase a nice, strong voice. I don't know what happened to her voice, but now (from 2001 actually) she barely sings. She whispers and there is so much autotune and voice modification that it is hard to believe that there was an actual person in the studio. NOW, she has to rely on the production and props in her shows because she barely has any talent to make them be worth paying.

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  50. Well She still can dance but for a mysterious reason she isn't very energetic on stage. Maybe because of some meds? I don't know. It's sad though. Her voice is not that worked on in studio though. If you hear some raw demos you'll see that it's really her voice. But yeah she's not very strong vocally. Her strenght is her tone and unique delivery. I think most of her vocal decline could be explained by her lack of technique, just like christina Aguilera. She is far from always whispering though. She often sings with an edgy tone. what I hear in her voice is very little vocal damage, but lack of practice and technique and it made her voice unstable and weak. Even on her first album her technique was bad. Pulling chest voice and stuff. But she had (and I believe she still has) the potential to be a strong vocalist if she worked on her voice with a good teacher.

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  51. It's "Britney". Not Brittany.

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  52. Oh wow I can see why that was a big enough issue for a reply :)

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  53. Excuse me, I've stayed polite. You can keep your shady comments to yourself.

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  54. Its called SARCASM but if you can't handle it I won't give you any

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  55. Yes, maybe she can still dance. I've seen a Mannequin rehearsal and she danced pretty nice in there, but other than that, I haven't seen any good performance in ages.

    Lack of technique cause decline? I think that happens when you actually sing live pretty often, she has never sung live enough times to cause any decline, so I think sustances or smoke are most likely the reason she sounds like a robot.
    Her voice is heavily changed in the studio, mainly because they force her to sing in a way that is out of her natural tessitura. If you want to hear how she really sounds, listen to Let Go. That's how she'd sound if she sang in her natural tone. She's a true ALTO, and they make her sing like a Soprano. That's why she sounds so fabricated, even if they don't use software to achieve that sound, they treat her voice as a trademark and force an unnatural sound in her.

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  56. Well, in all honesty...since you didn't add the last name..I was at a loss initially. Thought this ''Britttany'' was yet another Glee castmember I'd never heard of or something. ;-)

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  57. Haha I have changed it though there is Britany s. pears (Though I dont know how many "t")

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  58. Im sorry if you took offense to my remark I was doing it more out of humor than shade

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  59. That's ok. Sorry for my pettiness loll.

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  60. Yes, I'm a huge fan since the In the Zone era haha. She's always pushed for that lighter "twangy" sound since the beggining of her career. I wouldn't say it's "they" who make her sing like that. I would say she worked on crafting her vocal style. I love all her songs where she sings with her natual deep voice, she rings more, but I also like her trademark sound. I'm not talking about vocal cords damage here, i'm talking about losing some vocal ability because of lack of practice. It's like everything, when you don't practice a lot you become rusty.

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  61. Well it's usually risky to use sarcasm with someone you don't know. Personally I don't use it.

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  62. Haha is that sarcasm :)

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  63. No that was an apology XD.

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  64. haha it was unnecessary your comment was absolutely right i shouldn't use sarcasm when i don't know you

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  65. All is good! I don't like drama (except with the divas LOL). Drag a hoe a release a diss track.

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  66. haha ok well I need Beyonce to drag Britany I would love to see how that dance album would go

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  67. You're kidding right? Actress' name or show character's ?

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  68. Character it was a funny moment when Britany spears actually came to the show

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  69. Aha. That would just be too coincidental if it was an actual person.

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  70. Haha I would demand a birth certificate

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  71. Well as much as I love da Quen B, her ablums are never as good as the iconic pop godess Brinty's ones 8-). Oops!

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