Naturally, Katy Perry made a quick stop at college before attempting to tackle the Super Bowl.
According to Ian Mohr and Emily Smith of the New York Post's Page Six, Perry is close to being confirmed as the halftime performer at Super Bowl XLIX:
Perry’s been rumored as a contender for the coveted Super Bowl slot, along with Coldplay and Rihanna (whose “Run This Town” was unceremoniously axed by CBS Sports as its Thursday Night Football tune when the season opened). The Super Bowl airs Feb. 1 on NBC. ...
“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” said an entertainment insider of the plan.
This news comes less than a week after Perry's heavily buzzed-about appearance on ESPN's College GameDay. She did a great job of picking games, correctly selecting Mississippi State to upset Texas A&M and Ole Miss to topple Alabama:
To see Perry floated as a serious contender for the Super Bowl halftime show isn't a huge shock. She's one of the most popular music acts in the country and would fit in with the NFL's recent trend toward younger performers. The Black Eyed Peas, Bruno Mars and Beyonce have all been featured during halftime in the last four years.
However, Perry did say on GameDay that she wouldn't perform at the Super Bowl if she had to compensate the NFL for doing so. Hannah Karp of The Wall Street Journal (subscription required) reported in August that the league was considering making musical acts pay for the right to play at halftime.
"I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl," she told the GameDay crew, via Mohr and Smith.
Super Bowl XLIX is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona.