COMMENTARY | If one has ever seen the Grammy-winning Black Eyed Peas perform on television, you already know what to expect on Super Bowl Sunday when they perform at the 2011 halftime show on Fox. For those who have never seen the Black Eyed Peas and their over-teched stage show, it is nothing like seeing the group live in concert. Which leads to a 2011 Super Bowl halftime show prediction: You are in for an eye-opening confrontation with the definition of terrible.
Considering their mega-star status, one would think the Black Eyed Peas could put on a better show, even if things occur with their equipment or the sound system that could reflect poorly on their performance. One would be wrong. And this leads to a Super Bowl prediction based on precedence. There is going to be more than one loser at Super Bowl XLV. The second biggest loser on Super Bowl Sunday will be those who unknowingly anticipate a great halftime show and find out that the Black Eyed Peas are very much the product of studio engineering and stage theater.
It takes only a couple of seconds to point out another Black Eyed Peas television appearance to support the prediction that their show at halftime will more than likely be another journey into the ridiculously dissonant, where the show itself, as distracting as it always seems to be, is not enough to convince the ears that what they’re hearing is worth the price of free television admission.
First of all, it should be noted that Will.I.Am and Fergie are talented performers. So are those other two guys. But to be honest, Fergie is the only one of the Black Eyed Peas who can actually qualify as a masterclass singer. Still, her vocals (not to mention her barely there and/or provocative outfits) are not enough to carry the show when the sound goes down. And with the music highly dependent on effects and Auto-Tuning, it only takes some sound glitches and the performance can leave a lot to be desired — like industrial strength ear plugs.
It is genuinely hoped that the Black Eyed Peas’ performance is far better than some of their other television efforts, like the time they performed on American Idol during Season 9. Of course, it is doubtful that it could be much worse. And the Black Eyed Peas have some experience playing at the Super Bowl, so they have a little practice going for them. In 2005, they performed for the Super Bowl pre-game show.
Still, that leads to yet another Super Bowl prediction. Not only will the halftime show make the viewers of the Super Bowl the second biggest losers of the game (the first, of course, being reserved for the team that actually loses the game), but it will be the worst ever Super Bowl halftime show.
Even worse than the godawful pop wreck made when they got Aerosmith and ‘NSync to perform together, topped off with Britney Spears and Nelly (Super Bowl XXXV)? On second thought, even if the Black Eyed Peas lost half their sound, showed up totally inebriated, forgot the lyrics, and had to hire uncoordinated dancers to perform their stage show, said show couldn’t get worse than that halftime show. Or could it?
“Report: Black Eyed Peas to play 2011 Super Bowl halftime show,” FoxSports.com