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NFL Freshens Up Super Bowl Halftime Show With Black Eyed Peas
Published February 7, 2011
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I GOTTA FEELING: In Phoenix, Larry Rodgers writes "after six years of playing it safe with well-established rock and pop acts at the Super Bowl," the NFL "freshened things up at this year's halftime show, handing the keys over to the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas." The 12-minute performance was a "welcome break from classic rock, but it could have benefited from having a tune or two edited out" (ARIZONA REPUBLIC, 2/7). USA TODAY's Tim Gardner writes the Black Eyed Peas "rocked the Super Bowl with a strong mix of their top hits" (USA TODAY, 2/7). In L.A., Todd Martens wrote, "The Peas, love 'em or hate 'em, are the group this game of hype deserves." But the whole performance "wasn't a winner." When Slash "emerged from beneath the act's rotund stage/space shuttle launch pad, it was a turn for the worst" (LATIMES.com, 2/6). In Dallas, Mario Tarradell writes the Super Bowl halftime show is "supposed to be an overload for the senses," and it is "supposed to match the heightened fan pandemonium of the game itself." Given those parameters, the Black Eyed Peas "did their job without much of a hitch." But Slash's performance was "all but wasted." His guitar "wasn't amplified very loudly and his rendition" of Sweet Child o' Mine "wasn't very distinctive." And Usher, "who glided down on a bungee cord, didn't so much sing 'OMG' as he danced it" (DALLAS MORNING NEWS, 2/7). In Newark, Jay Lustig writes, "While it's true that when there wasn't something spectacular going on, visually, they didn't offer much in the way of vocal dynamics, it's also true that there was usually something spectacular going on, visually -- those hordes of glowing dancers really were pretty cool -- so the 12 minutes passed very quickly. It was a solid B performance -- but nowhere near an A" (Newark STAR-LEDGER, 2/7). ESPN.com's Greg Garber wrote the Black Eyed Peas had a "tight, arresting conceptual halftime show that was pleasing to the eye, along with a cast of hundreds, aerial hijinx and lots of glow sticks" (ESPN.com, 2/6). In Oklahoma City, Berry Tramel awarded the halftime show a "B" grade. Tramel: "The Black Eyed Peas were fine; they didn't embarrass the league, which is half the battle. And the light show was cool" (DAILY OKLAHOMAN, 2/7).
WHERE IS THE LOVE? The AP's Nekesa Mumbi Moody wrote, "On second thought, maybe Usher should have been the headliner for the Super Bowl halftime show." Usher "had only a brief cameo in the showcase, but his tightly choreographed moves marked the brief exhilarating moment of a surprisingly stale medley from the normally frenetic headliners, the Black Eyed Peas." The Black Eyed Peas "seemed tentative, and tense," and it "didn't help that Fergie's mic didn't kick in until midway through her first verse." Slash was an "unnecessary cameo that failed to add any sizzle" (AP, 2/6). In St. Petersburg, Eric Deggans writes the halftime show was "spoiled by serious technical issues." The Black Eyed Peas were "typically jaw-dropping ... visually." But Usher's appearance "mostly highlighted how boring the four Peas looked without him, stalking around a stage with no discernible dance talents of their own" (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 2/7). In DC, Hank Stuever writes the Black Eyed Peas offered a "quick and uninspired robot-romp through their childlike pop oeuvre" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/7). In California, Ben Wener wrote the show was "positively underwhelming" (OCREGISTER.com, 2/6).
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LET'S GETTED IT STARTED: The STAR-TELEGRAM's Jones writes Glee's Lea Michele "delivered a competent but not especially showy rendition" of "America The Beautiful" before the game (FT. WORTH STAR-TELEGRAM, 2/7). ESPN.com's Greene wrote Michele "did a solid if unspectacular" performance of the song (ESPN.com, 2/6). In Milwaukee, Chris Foran writes Michele "belted out a straightforward rendition" of "America The Beautiful" (MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL, 2/7). ESPN.com's Garber wrote Michele gave the song a "fresh, almost bouncy tempo" (ESPN.com, 2/6).