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Today’s roundtable topic asks each anchor their thoughts on the…
J.Lo & Shakira’s
Super Bowl Halftime Show
One word: Fire!
Heading into Halftime, my anticipation for the performance far outweighed my expectation.
See, on paper, both ladies boast a catalogue and performance gravitas that demands a certain level of excitement.
Yet, it was hard to attach expectation for a few reasons. First, there’s the unique differences in their performance styles. Would it work? Could it work? Then there’s the reality that, since launching her Vegas residency, J.Lo has pretty much been performing medleys as promo for years. How would this up the ante satisfyingly? I’ve also not been floored by the little I’ve seen from Shakira live in recent times.
Thankfully, any doubt was dispelled with their dynamite diva masterclass.
Shakira’s raw, free-flowing exhibition complimented Lopez’s glossy spectacle and, combined, it served as a buffet table of everything one could want from a Halftime Show.
The song choices were wise, stadium-suited, and universal, while the modern mixes + interpolations (‘Mi Gente’, ‘I Like It’) gave the ladies’ classics life anew.
Choreo was tight, right, and synchronised. Especially with 50-year-old J.Lo; there was an Olympian-like pace to her moves that gave new definition to the term “age ain’t nothing but a number.”
I also lived for how daring aspects of her show were, from the ‘Hustlers’ nod with the pole to the flaunting of her assets. All on a platform that has crucified others for much less. The commitment to delivering “her” undiluted made me smile and hopefully will allow the show to be more embracing of artistic expression (within reason) moving forward.
If there was any snag, it was that I don’t feel guests J Balvin or Bad Bunny added much to the performance. Though brief, the time allotted to them is time I’d have much preferred gifted us more J.Lo and Shaki.
Still, overall a phenomenal Halftime. One that easily obliterates the nonsense of the last two years and one that sets the bar high for such spectacles to come.
Major shout-out to the creatives behind the scenes, whose magic manifested in earnest: JaQuel Knight, Nappy Tabs, Parris Goebel, Kim Burse, and Adam Blackstone.
The ladies came for blood last night!
This year’s performance took me way back to what I love about the Halftime Show: excitement, production, glam and hits!
The best thing about the showing is that both performers got their time to shine, never allowing anybody to be “upstaged.” And they somehow managed to bring their catalogues and overall brands together in a very cohesive way.
While Shakira served her classic citizen-of-the-world vibe, Jennifer went for her iconic street-showgirl flavor.
And they did all of it with a pronounced Latin-flair that turned the whole thing into a rather unique affair.
J Balvin and Bad Bunny weren’t the most needed additions as the divas and their dancers filled up that stadium in more ways than one. Still, it was a great way to celebrate Latin pride and showcase just of powerful and beautiful their culture is, as well as how far they have come as a unit on a mainstream tip.
With the girls slaying their respective sets, it’s actually quite surprising – and a shame – they weren’t ever offered to headline the halftime on their own before.
Do you agree with our views? Who was spot on? Let us know your thoughts on the latest TGJ Roundtable and your thoughts on the 2020 Super Bowl Halftime Show.