Predicting quality from Super Bowl performers

Austin Gillespie, a&e editor

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Hilarious commercials, intense gatherings and halftime shows. Considering I’m not big on football, these are the things that normally fuel my anticipation for Super Bowl Sunday. If you care, or didn’t know already, the New England Patriots and the New York Giants will be going head to head in Indianapolis for Super Bowl XLVI this Sunday, Feb. 5. Quite frankly, I don’t care, so my concern of lately has only been regarding who will be performing.

So far, original American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson is set to sing the national anthem. Country couple Miranda Lambert and Blake Shelton are going to be singing “America the Beautiful.” And most importantly, the halftime show performer is none other than the one and only Madonna. Joining her are Nicki Minaj and MIA, who have both personally confirmed their addition to the performance. Other unconfirmed names that have been tossed around are LMFAO and Cee Lo Green.

These artists will certainly make for a talent- and entertainment-filled night and I am very eager to see what goes down. I’m not particularly a Madonna fan, but this appearance is of perfect timing for the icon’s upcoming album MDNA. Chances are she will be performing her new single (out Friday, Feb. 3) which features Minaj and MIA.

While the halftime show is definitely a big deal, the national anthem is clearly enough to get people talking as well. This assumption comes with the uproar of Christina Aguilera’s controversial rendition last year. Her lyric mishap caused a huge uproar; hopefully Clarkson won’t have the same problem. Regardless of the pressure and nerves getting to her, though, rest assured her vocal abilities have been proven over the years. But just in case, could the Super Bowl invest in a teleprompter?

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