What you missed overnight: Katy Perry's Super Bowl spectacular


Katy Perry

This year's Super Bowl half-time show was a muted affair... solemn, understated and restrained.

We lie. It was pop at its most over-the-top and whether you love her or loathe her, Katy Perry brought her A-game.

The 15-minute slot is one of the biggest TV events of the year.

She's had pretty good reviews so far after powering through some of her biggest songs.


Never one to make a low-key entrance, Katy Perry opened the show riding a giant gold lion. Or a tiger. Some kind of big cat anyway.

She began the huge pop juggernaut of Roar.

Wearing a flame dress, she performed on the back of the cat, at one point leaning so far back we worried, a little.

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Image caption Katy came on riding a giant lion... or was it a tiger?

Dark Horse

The stage became a giant chessboard for song number two, Dark Horse.

Chess moves have never been so glam, with break dancing, somersaulting rooks, knights and bishops.

We presume Katy was the Queen.

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Image caption It was a giant chessboard for Dark Horse

I Kissed a Girl

Song three. Time to bring on guest number one - Lenny Kravitz.

For those who don't know much about him, he played Cinna, Katniss Everdeen's costume designer in the Hunger Games.

He's also an awesome guitarist and joined Katy for a rock version of her debut single I Kissed A Girl, complete with onstage pyrotechnics.

Katy Perry and Lenny Kravitz
Image caption Lenny Kravitz came on to help with a rock version of I Kissed A Girl

Teenage Dream/California Gurls

Anyone with an allergy to bright colours and giant mascots was in trouble at this point.

The colour was cranked up to blinding levels for Teenage Dream as Katy was joined by giant dancing palm trees, beach balls and surfboards.

The highlight? Two dancing sharks who were having ALL THE FUN.

She then brought some polka-dotted dancers on for California Gurls.

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Image caption Katy Perry and a couple of dancing sharks for Teenage Dream
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Image caption Katy Perry with some, presumably, California Girls

Missy Elliott Mix - Get UR Freak On/Work It/Lose Control

Guest number two was legendary rapper Missy Elliott.

The pair dueted on Get Ur Freak On and Work It before Katy dashed off to let Missy do Lose Control solo.

Katy Perry and Missy Elliott
Image caption Katy Perry and Missy Elliott duet on Get UR Freak On
Missy Elliott
Image caption Missy Elliott performed Lose Control while Katy had a costume change


There was one final costume change for the half-time climax.

Enter Katy strapped to a giant star, sailing above the crowd for Firework.

Unsurprisingly, the song was accompanied by a giant firework display.

Katy Perry's Super Bowl halftime show: DONE.

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Image caption Katy Perry sang Firework over the crowd
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Image caption Fireworks (unsurprisingly) for Firework

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