A staple of Super Bowl Sunday is the halftime show, which features Katy Perry this year. The pop sensation is no stranger to being the center of attention, especially lately when it comes to football following her performance at Oxford after the Alabama-Mississippi game in October.
The spotlight will be bigger this weekend, as the Super Bowl traditionally generates over 100 million viewers in the United States. Perry is known for her lavish costumes, extravagant concerts and eccentric personality. So to say that Sunday's performance will be unpredictable is a logical statement.
Another tradition of the Super Bowl are the prop bets. Oddsmakers know that people will put money on anything, so they have set a few numbers for the halftime show that provide a more in-depth viewing experience than this kind of thing typically warrants.
Here's a look at the notable prop bets for Perry's halftime show, as well as predictions based on those odds.
|Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show Prop Bets|
|How many times will Katy Perry be mentioned in first half?||Over/Under 1.5||Over|
|Which song will Katy Perry perform first?||Firework (3-2); Roar (3-2); This is How We Do (5-1); Dark Horse (12-1); E.T. (12-1); Wide Awake (12-1); Waking Up in Vegas (20-1)||Wide Awake|
|What will Katy Perry be wearing when she begins the halftime show?||Pants below knees (2-1); Shorts above knees (2-1)||Shorts above knees|
|What color will Katy Perry's hair be when she begins the halftime show?||Black/Brown (2-1); Pink/Red (3-1); Blue/Green (3-1); Blonde (4-1); Purple (5-1)||Black/Brown|
|Odds via OddsShark.com|
Without diving too deeply into the number of times Perry gets mentioned in the first half, since it's hardly a scientific debate, the smart money says to take the over. It's a guarantee that her name comes up once around the two-minute warning.
The question is whether Al Michaels or Cris Collinsworth throws in a second reminder. It makes sense that they would, especially when thinking about the pace of this game.
New England and Seattle are two teams that thrive on opportunity. They take advantage of things that no other teams do, which is how they got here.
If the Patriots have the ball as the first-half clock is ticking down, Bill Belichick is going to drag it out, attempting to get a score.
The Seahawks have been a second-half team in the postseason, scoring 45 of their 59 points coming out of the break. Pete Carroll will attempt to reverse that trend in this game, especially late in the first half to give his offense momentum in the second half.
Since things figure to take time once the two-minute warning comes, Perry's name will be brought up at least twice in order to remind viewers that the show is coming up.
As far as the first song Perry sings, the two most logical options are "Roar" and "Wide Awake." I will admit to having no knowledge of her song catalog, but based on the lyrics and videos able to be looked up on the Internet, "Wide Awake" sounds like a strong opening act.
It is tempting to look at how Bruno Mars started his show last year, with an introduction from a choir and a drum solo before launching into his biggest hit, "Locked Out of Heaven," from his most recent album.
I say it's tempting because Perry said during an interview with Billboard Magazine's Jonathan Ringen that she contacted Mars about how to handle the Super Bowl:
Hello, exclusive Super Bowl club member! I was wondering if you are in L.A. at all this month and would have tea with a sister who is about to throw up with nervousness re: [football emoji]. I've heard about your process through our managers, but am wondering if you had more insight on important things like, spray tan the night before or three nights before? JK, or maybe not!
Following that pattern, Perry would begin this setlist with "Roar." However, "Wide Awake" just has that strong opening song feel, the way it repeats the title three times at the beginning with no music behind her before diving into the meat of the song.
More important than the songs Perry sings will be her outfit. Everyone who follows the singer knows that her fashion sense is out there. Thus, she doesn't seem like the kind of person to start a performance on this stage with something resembling pants below the knees.
Based on Google searches of what Perry wears during tours, there are a few outfits with clothing that goes below her knees. But a majority of them are skirts, hot pants or something resembling a drum around her waist.