Rarely understated, pop music sensation Katy Perry isn’t shy about setting the bar high for her halftime performance during Super Bowl 49.
At a press conference Thursday in Phoenix, Perry said the 121/2-minute show will have an “appropriate sexiness,” lions, sharks, multiple costume changes (the first of which will be “flaming hot”) and a surprise guest.
“Jaws will drop and faces will melt,” Perry said of the guest she called a “throwback.” Lenny Kravitz also will be part of the halftime show.
The performance, Perry said, was influenced by Madonna and Beyoncé and will be a “female fun night.”
“It’s going to be wild out there,” Perry said.
During Super Bowls past, some halftime performers have been criticized for using prerecorded vocals. The Red Hot Chili Peppers created a social media frenzy when viewers noticed some of their instruments weren’t plugged in during last year’s halftime performance.
Apparently there will be prerecorded music Sunday too, “but I think a lot of it will be live,” Perry said.
“I’m going to play on my strengths which I think are humor, incredible joy,” She said. “I just hope that at the end of the day that over 100 million people are all smiling in unison. And if you can imagine that happening, I think there is going to be an incredible energy that goes across the world.”
Perry says she’ll bring lightheartedness to the show and “a few looks.”
She stopped short of announcing how many costume changes will be included. She is well aware offshore gambling sites have set up wagers that allow people to place bets on the number of costume changes and what color her hair will be.
“I’ve never been betted on before,” said Perry, who also added that she’s opposed to gambling. “I feel like, wow, nobody has ever invested in me this much. This is exciting.”
Perry says she understands the responsibility of the moment and has spent months making sure the show will be perfect. “It’s a larger-than-life show,” said Perry, who at one point Thursday was joined on stage by her nervous dog, Butters.
“I collaborated on the costumes, everything. There is not a diamond on the shoes that hasn’t gone past my eyes.”
And she’s excited to think she might be reaching new listeners during the game.
“I feel very honored and very proud and very blessed that I get to play the halftime show at this age (30),” Perry said, referring to the NFL’s history of choosing older acts. “I feel like it’s an incredible, humbling, spiritual experience in some ways.”
Perry also offered her thoughts on a few sports issues:
On Deflategate: “I can assure everybody nothing in this performance will be deflated at halftime.”
On whether or not there’s a player she’d like to date: “I’m just here so I won’t be fined.”
TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE?
Local and national authorities held a press conference to warn football fans about the perils of purchasing counterfeit products.
Debora Black, Glendale, Arizona police chief, said some fans were denied access to Sunday’s Pro Bowl because they’d unknowingly purchased counterfeit tickets.
She’s warning fans desperate to get a deal on Super Bowl tickets to exercise caution when shopping. She urges fans to buy tickets from legitimate sources and “if you see something, say something.”
Cracking down on counterfeit merchandise also is a priority, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. According to its data, counterfeit apparel and accessories was the No. 1 seized item in 2012.
When it comes to NFL apparel, more than 326,000 counterfeit items were seized and there were 52 arrests over the past year, NFL counsel Dolores Dibella said. The number climbs each year, she added, with most fake merchandise coming from China.
According to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, money from the sales of counterfeit items fund criminal activity.
And that new Seahawks jersey you’ve been wanting costing only $20?
“If it’s too good to be true, it probably is,” Dibella said.