Super Bowl: The Weeknd previews halftime show performance
The Weeknd’s impressive Super Bowl half time performance is all over, but it was nothing but big and bold. However, some fans weren’t feeling the energy put into the concert during The Kansas City Chiefs v Tampa Bay Buccaneers game, and voiced their opinions online.
Taking to Twitter, some viewers didn’t feel like they “connected” with the highly-anticipated performance.
“I love the Weeknd but I’m not feeling this halftime performance #SuperBowl #HalfTimeShow,” one wrote.
Another agreed: “I really like The Weeknd’s songs but something isn’t connecting for me.”
Others shared their views too, with a third chiming in with a reference to previous headliners: “I miss J. Lo, Shakira, Beyoncé, Gaga, and Janet. #SuperBowl,” they wrote.
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A fourth seconded: “Who here desperately misses JLo and Shakira Happy woman raising one hand #SuperBowl #HalfTimeShow.”
“What is this crazy performance…” someone else quizzed.
But the somewhat negative opinions were met with severe division, as others praised and cheered the singer from their homes.
“I feel genuinely happy for The Weeknd. What a moment for him. Soak it in Abellll #SuperBowl #TheWeeknd,” one applauded.
A second giggled: “I forgot how many The Weeknd songs I know. I’m out here having my own concert.”
“Probably the only halftime I’ve ever enjoyed! #HalfTimeShow #SuperBowl @theweeknd,” a third beamed.
The pop star, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, is the first Canadian native to headline solo at the event, which is usually studded with special guests.
He reportedly forked out $9 million of his own hard-earned money to make the night the ultimate success and “what he envisioned”.
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He began his show last night with his hit tune Starboy, shortly followed by a medley of other songs.
His backing dancers had their faces wrapped in bandages, an aesthetic the artist has explored recently during the promo of his latest album After Hours, a narrative of how he views celebrity culture.
The concert culminated when the singer and the large group of bandaged dancers took over the field for a performance of Blinding Lights.
He previously told Variety about the significance of the entire head bandages, explaining: “It’s reflecting on the absurd culture of Hollywood celebrity and people manipulating themselves for superficial reasons to please and be validated.
“It’s all a progression and we watch The Character’s storyline hit heightened levels of danger and absurdity as his tale goes on.
He added: “I suppose you could take that being attractive isn’t important to me but a compelling narrative is.”
He started bringing the bloody look to public appearances last year in anticipation for his album.
It began in January on Jimmy Kimmel Live! when he showed off a bandaged nose and the second time was just months later in March on Saturday Night Live.
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