Some of the Strangest Super Bowl Halftime Shows

Over the years, the Super Bowl has become synonymous with three things: great football, amazing commercials, and unpredictable halftime performances. Check out the DISHTV blog spotlighting some of the best Super Bowl commercials of all time and last year’s Best Super Bowl Moments after you read this compilation of some of the strangest Super Bowl halftime performances in the last three decades.

Big Names, Dazzling Special Effects, Disastrous Results

Many viewers look forward to Super Bowl halftime shows anticipating seeing hugely popular performers like Madonna, Janet Jackson, and Bruce Springsteen. On top of that, they get mind-blowing special effects, hundreds of backup singers/performers, and sometimes unexpected occurrences that will leave the crowd stunned (namely, Janet Jackson’s infamous wardrobe malfunction in 2004).

Super Bowl Halftime Shows JJOthers see the halftime performance as the perfect opportunity to get more food and beer, listen to halftime stats, and comment on how the teams have played thus far. Whether you watch Super Bowl halftime shows or not, you will hear about them for weeks following the big game.

Super Bowl Halftime Shows that Went Wrong

Let’s take a look at some of the strangest Super Bowl halftime shows in recent years. Whether the issues were lip syncing, disorganization, forgotten lyrics, special effects gone awry or just plain bad performing, it’s typically the awful Super Bowl halftime shows that linger in the minds of viewers more so than the spectacular performances.

  • One of the most notable ones was in 1997 when Jim Belushi (brother of the late comedian, John Belushi) took the stage with Dan Akroyd, ZZ Top, and John Goodman. The performance was widely panned and made the nightly newscast on channels all over the country:
  • In 2011, Super Bowl XLVI delivered one of the oddest halftime performances of all time when the Black Eyed Peas and Slash from Guns N’ Roses performed the classic GNR song, “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Watch the clip and you’ll see why this disaster made the list:
  • No one wants to speak negatively about Disney but the Super Bowl XXIX halftime show in 1995 entitled, “Indiana Jones and the Temple of the Forbidden Eye” was produced by Disney and featured performances by Tony Bennett and Patti Labelle. Many critics said they looked “confused and frightened” throughout the entire show. See for yourself by watching this clip:
  • The Super Bowl halftime show in 1989 featured Elvis Presto performing “The World’s Biggest Card Trick.” Many viewers claim it was one of the only performances weirder than the Black Eyed Peas’ halftime show 22 years later.

Super Bowl Halftime Shows FergieWill this year’s Super Bowl halftime show be one of the best, worst or somewhere in between? Beyonce is the headliner, coming off her controversial  lip synching performance of the National Anthem at the 2013 Presidential Inauguration just a few days ago.

Beyonce is no stranger to performing at the Super Bowl as she sang  the National Anthem at the 2004 Super Bowl in her hometown of Houston. The 16-time Grammy® winner is sure to put on a fabulous show if she actually sings and don’t be surprised if husband/rapper Jay-Z takes the stage sometime during the halftime festivities.

Super Bowl Halftime Shows BeyonceTune into Super Bowl XLVII on Sunday, February 3, 2013 at 6:30 p.m. EST on CBS to watch the Baltimore Ravens battle the San Francisco 49ers for the biggest game of the year.. Check local listings for the CBS DISH channel in your area.


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