The Weeknd: All Over the Place

Avery Seldin, Staff Writer

One thing that everyone looks forward to during the Super Bowl is the famous halftime show. The singers are often very excited. The Weeknd has gone on record saying that it was his dream to sing at the show. Wearing a Michael Jackson-inspired outfit, he rocked the stadium with many of his biggest hits. The most backup dancers in Super Bowl history danced along with The Weeknd, as no one was allowed on the field. So, how did it turn out?

The Weeknd definitely had a good set. Many of his songs were some of his best, and, of course, he closed out the show with “Blinding Lights.” I enjoyed the backdrop, as well. The city-styled background really matched his set and looked very cool. Seeing the massive amount of dancers was awe-inducing. With the fact that no one was on the field due to COVID-19, it was amazing to see the singer take advantage of it. 

Sadly, The Weeknd’s performance, while decent, is nowhere near any of the best shows in the past. The biggest problem (which was no real fault of his own) was that his songs were too slow to really work for a show as energetic as the Super Bowl Halftime show. In addition, the show itself took too long to get good. He barely moved around, but when he did, he gave me vertigo, getting close into the camera’s frame and moving it around. His backup dancers were also wearing extremely creepy masks. It reminded me of Hush from Batman

Overall, The Weeknd’s performance was not the best, but not the worst. His performance had two major handicaps. The first was, of course, due to COVID-19 restrictions. The second was that he had to follow up the dance-off between J-Lo and Shakira from last year’s show, which was one of my personal favorites from this decade. That being said, The Weeknd was still able to (at least to me) break the stigma of bad male performances that had been plaguing the halftime show from both Maroon 5 and Justin Timberlake. In terms of dreams, I definitely say that The Weeknd accomplished his own, but, in terms of mine, it could have been better.