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Super Bowl 2012 Half Time Thoughts

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Madonna and LMFAO

In case you missed it, this year’s Super Bowl half time spectacle was Madonna, who came on stage with gladiators and a really random guy on a tight rope and sang ‘Vogue.’ She moved on to ‘Music’ which got major points for the LMFAO ‘Party Rock Anthem’ mash-up. ‘Give Me All Your Luvin’ featuring Nicki Minaj and M.I.A was… better than I expected. Honestly, after seeing the sneak peak on American Idol, I had this awful vision of her back up dancers being NFL players. I was relieved to see that she used cheerleaders instead. Cee-Lo Green and a choir brought the show to a close with ‘Like a Prayer,’ and the promise, or at least the illumination, of world peace.

Madonna sounded and looked great, as long as she didn’t move a lot. However, she looked like she could feel a rain storm coming in her knees. Her dancing, for the most part, looked stiff and uncomfortable. When I said something about it, everyone told me to be quiet because Madonna was 54. Currently working as a professional dancer, here’s what I know: when the curtain/lights/cameras are on, your primary responsibility is to fiercely bring 110% of everything and deliver a show that is beyond the highest level of fabulous, especially when you have over 100 million viewers who don’t care about your age, physical, or personal problems. Madonna brought about 54%. At the risk of sounding insensitive, I’m  thinking that  if her age was going to pose a problem, she should never have been asked in the first place. The audience doesn’t care about your age or your injuries. Honestly, Madonna is one of the biggest divas in pop stardom so her name alone carries certain expectations that her performance failed to meet.

I’ll admit, I’m not the biggest Madonna fan. I know like three songs, including ‘Little Star,’ which, sadly, didn’t make it into the Super Bowl playlist. Although, I have seen Evita several times though and I think that should count for something. My cousin, who does like Madonna said it best, “I felt like I was looking at something that wasn’t choreographed to accentuate her skills at this age. Looked like the Madonna of 35 years ago fighting to return.”  The reality is ‘Vogue,’ for instance, was released twenty years ago. On a cassette tape. Madonna isn’t the same person or artist that she was then and I think it would have been more a more fulfilling performance if she had not tried to be. She’s been popular for so long because she’s been able to evolve and grow as an artist and, while I understand the appeal of yesteryear, it was sad and awkward to watch a 54 year old Madonna act like a 32 year old. The reality is that people know the songs and simple changes in the choreography to make her look and highlight her current dancing abilities wouldn’t have destroyed the show. At the end of the day, though, talent isn’t determined by one performance and, regardless, of her half time show, Madonna has it. Maybe she said it best, “Never forget who you are, little star.”