Usher hints his Super Bowl halftime show will include POLE DANCERS from his raunchy residency in Paris: ‘It’s all about our guilty pleasures’
Usher hinted his Super Bowl halftime performance may include pole dancers.
The 44-year-old Love in This Club singer was announced as the headliner for the iconic show on September 24 and he says he will start working on its choreography and technical aspects after he finishes his raunchy Paris residency.
The current concert in France features exotic dancers and is being seen as a practice run for the Super Bowl event in February at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada.
He told The Sun about his plans for the gig: ‘This is the bucket list of all bucket-list performances – whoever you are.
‘You want to win a Grammy, you would like to win an Oscar, you’d love to win a Brit Award… but not many get to play the Super Bowl.’
Racy half-time show: Usher hinted his Super Bowl half-time performance may include pole dancers (seen 2022)
Raunchy residency: Usher’s current racy concert in France is being seen as a practice run for the Super Bowl event in February at the Allegiant Stadium in Paradise, Nevada (pictured last month)
‘Outside of the Olympics, it’s the most internationally watched show. So if there is an opportunity to speak to an entire world, that may or may not necessarily know about what I do as an entertainer, they get a snapshot.
‘I’m still savoring that call from (show curator) Jay-Z, who said, “You got the Super Bowl”.
Usher was announced as the headliner after speculation swirled for months around which star would be the one to take to the stage during the coveted event.
‘Once I leave Paris I can really get into the choreography and the technical side of it, because it’s a huge space to play.
“The next step is to figure out what music because it’s 13 minutes. I need to figure out what songs create an arc of a story, which is what this residency has been about trying to do too.
“It’s a show based on temptations and guilty pleasures, things you desire, rendezvous and intimate moments between two people.
‘They can be there for a moment, then they’re gone, but in that moment it’s everything’.
Planning ahead: ‘Once I leave Paris I can really get into the choreography and the technical side of it, because it’s a huge space to play,’ Usher said
Guilty pleasures: Usher also said about the semi-naked dancers featuring in his Paris shows: ‘It’s all about our guilty pleasures.’
Usher also said about the semi-naked dancers featuring in his Paris shows: ‘It’s all about our guilty pleasures.’
He added, ‘I want it to be intimate but on a big scale and to take people to places maybe they wouldn’t normally go to, both emotionally and physically.’
“So it’s like being taken to a strip club in Atlanta. We normally see Cirque Du Soleil and we celebrate it. But I’ve always looked at the culture of moving in that way with a pole, artistically.
“I’ve never looked at a pole dancer as, ‘She’s just a pole dancer, she’s a stripper’. It’s athletic.
‘And here’s what’s great about the show – all shapes and sizes and colours and creed is what makes it attractive.
Intimate setting: He said of the Super bowl show: ‘I want it to be intimate but on a big scale and to take people to places maybe they wouldn’t normally go to, both emotionally and physically.’
‘It’s the guilty pleasure of finding something you felt was great, and the temptation that goes with that.’
Usher confirmed he would be singing at the 2024 Super Bowl halftime show through a video that featured Kim Kardashian.
‘It’s an honor of a lifetime to finally check a Super Bowl performance off my bucket list,’ he said in a statement afterwards.
‘I can’t wait to bring the world a show unlike anything else they’ve seen from me before.
‘Thank you to the fans and everyone who made this opportunity happen. I’ll see you real soon.’
He will follow Rihanna’s record-breaking halftime show last February, which was reportedly the most-watched one in history.