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Will Usher Live up to Expectations in this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show?

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The second quarter finally comes to a close. Everybody sits up in their chairs to watch the performance of the year, “The National Football League welcomes you to the Apple Music Super Bowl 57 Halftime Show.” Rihanna appears onto TV screens all across America and performs the most watched halftime show of all time. Now this year’s halftime show…

Every year around February marks plenty of holidays like Lunar New Year and Valentine’s Day, but something that is arguably the most important event during the month is the NFL Superbowl.

Last year, Rihanna broke records and has become the most viewed Super Bowl halftime show of all time, standing at a peak of 118 million viewers. She did everything a halftime show should, brought extremely popular songs that anyone would know, had interesting set designs and costumes, and continued to entertain throughout the entirety of the event. But with Usher, it seems like it would be hard to live up to expectations. Around 60% of UHS students couldn’t even name any Usher songs when asked.

“I think there are way better options,” says Senior Chase King. “ Hopefully he at least puts on a good show.” And that is the majority of opinions on Usher in general this year, out of the blue and not really wanted by anybody. 

After surveying a few people about what they thought about this year’s halftime show, 62% believe that Usher was not a good pick for the Super Bowl. The most popular halftime shows were, of course, Rihanna, but also Katy Perry ,Lady Gaga, and Coldplay. All of these artists have over 55 million monthly listeners on Spotify minimum, but Usher only has around 37 million monthly listeners. 

“I think they could have had someone who was a lot more relevant today, but I can see why they chose Usher because the target audience of the Super Bowl is a little older” states Nico Brown, another senior disappointed in the choice of this year’s halftime show. Nobody really expected Usher to be the performer this year, because everyone thought it was going to be Taylor Swift. 

In case you haven’t been keeping up with the NFL this year, Taylor Swift has been dating Travis Kelce, a tight end for the Kansas City Chiefs and has been seen at every single one of his games cheering him on. So much so, that it is almost expected that the camera goes to Taylor Swift everytime Kelce scores, which happens at least once a game.

Since the Chiefs were going all the way to the Super Bowl this year, many people expected that Taylor Swift to be the halftime show, but since the announcement that Usher was going to be performing this year went unnoticed by a large amount of people this year, they were even more disappointed when they realized who really was doing the show. 

Most UHS students did not realize that Usher was doing the halftime show and would have preferred plenty of other popular artists instead. Some popular votes were Drake, Kendrick Lamar, and BTS. 

Usher all in all is a disappointment to many as the choice for this year’s halftime show, as everyone else believed it would have easily been Taylor Swift this year. It makes so much more sense to put the artist heavily involved in the NFL while also being a huge artist in her own right as the halftime show. But instead, we have Usher, who can hopefully subvert expectations and perform a halftime show we won’t forget in a year. 

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Ryan Tran, Reporter
Ryan Tran is a senior at Urbana High School. With four years under his belt now, he has figured out and decided that he is absolutely enamored and obsessed with history. He loves researching and learning more about specific historical eras like the brilliant strategic mind of Napoleon or the gruesome acts of violence committed in World War 2. He especially loves watching historical movies that are able to capture what it truly felt to be in that time period, like Saving Private Ryan, All Quiet on the Western Front, and the recent Napoleon Film. Ryan did actually take a class studying the film industry and learning the intricacies of camerawork and editing. His top three favorite movies are Whiplash, Ford v Ferrari, and Wall-E. When Ryan isn’t in the classroom, he is often seen watching more and more movies to expand his knowledge and watch every classic film. Ryan eventually wants to become involved in the filmmaking industry, doing whatever calls to him the most. Whether its a foley artist making sound effects with various strange objects, a cameraman trying to capture the perfect angle, or a VFX artist making awesome special effects for Hollywood's biggest movies, Ryan will be there to give 110% at all times.

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