The Super Bowl 55 halftime show offers some unique prop betting opportunities every year, and this year is no different, but there seems to be one key prop missing from the list of all books in 2021: Over / Under on how much. It takes time to explain to people I’m not familiar with The Weeknd that, yeah, that’s how his name is spelled. We’ll set it up for you, along with the inevitable, “Well, why is it spelled that way?” follow-up question: 32.5 seconds. (If you don’t know why, it’s explained here.)
The usual halftime shows bets (how many songs will play, which songs will open / close the performance, will there be a wardrobe malfunction) are all on the board, but there are some more specific bets from The Weeknd that provide the most intrigue. .
Not many spoilers confirmed, unless you tell this incomplete rumors song list (which we don’t), but an interesting note is that The Weeknd claims he spent $ 7 million of his own money to make this halftime show a “cinematic experience. “If true, the Canadian-born artist is doing his best, which probably means pre-recorded parts, costume changes galore, wacky pieces, and perhaps a host of big-name guest stars.
We’ll break down the most notable props, including those involving Kenny G, Doja Cat, and Joe Biden because it’s 2021 and why wouldn’t that trio be included in the same article?
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Super Bowl 2021 Halftime Show Props Betting
How many songs will be played during the halftime show?
Eight songs may sound like a lot, especially if “only” The Weeknd performs, but you must remember that sometimes only the hooks or a short interlude of a song plays during the medley of songs performed at the Super Bowl. If you look at the last years, lead artists often hit the eight song mark, with Jennifer Lopez and Shakira topping in 2020 (15, plus a dance outro). The year before, Maroon 5 and the guests played nine songs (plus one recorded song, which may or may not count, depending on the rules in their book). The year before, Justin Timberlake performed 11. Lady Gaga performed seven in 2017, but there were also three prerecorded songs when she entered the stage. Again, it is unclear if that counts. In total, during the last 10 Super Bowl halftime shows, performers averaged 8.9 songs, not counting pre-recorded excerpts. Obviously that number is skewed high by last year’s double performers, but the trend is still OVER.
That said, the UNDER has more value, and with what we know about The Weeknd’s plans to make this a “cinematic experience,” it could focus more on theater and less on music, which could make UNDER a gamble. smart.
How many costume changes will The Weeknd have during the halftime show?
- More than 0.5 -380
- Less than 0.5 +240
This seems like an easy CHANGE. If The Weeknd actually shell out $ 7 million of his own money, there’s no way he’s sticking with one outfit all the time. The value is on the LOW, but there is also a reason that the OVER is a huge favorite. That being said, we may need to clarify whether unwrap the face bandages counts as costume change. No, probably not … right?
What will be the first song to be played during the halftime show?
- Starboy +350
- Blinding lights +400
- I can’t feel my face +425
- In your eyes +450
- Save your tears +500
- The Hills +850
- Soulless +1000
- Too late +1200
- Sorry coming +2000
- At night +4500
“Starboy” is a favorite for a reason, but you still get more money if you gamble, so it’s not a bad choice. Of course, you could do something so literal / theatrical and opt for “Blinding Lights” or “Can’t Feel My Face” to go with the big Super Bowl performance or your recent facial performance art what are you doing. It’s tempting to think that artists go with one of their biggest hits to open the halftime show, and while many do, others opt for one of their newer songs. That could mean “Blinding Lights” or “Save Your Tears” is the play, although both make more sense as a closer than as a starter. Ultimately this is mostly a guess unless you trust the “filtered” track list linked above (Note: don’t trust that track list).
What will be the last song to be played during the halftime show?
- Blinding lights -240
- Save your tears +675
- In your eyes +1000
- Starboy +1 400
- Heartless +1400
- Too late +1600
- I can’t feel my face +1600
- The Hills +1800
- Sorry coming +2500
- At night +3000
“Blinding Lights” makes sense here, but the value is terrible for what is ultimately a guess. “The Hills” is usually accompanied by a cool light show when you perform it live at a concert, but that may not be reason enough for you to use it to close off your “movie experience.” Ultimately, “Blinding Lights” or “Save Your Tears” feels like the choice, with the latter offering much better value.
Will The Weeknd mention Canada during the halftime show?
If you can find a book that allows you to bet this bet with “Drake will appear on stage”, then accept “yes” on both, from a value point of view only. Even without the Drake look, the “yes” presents good value, but there’s really no reason for him to mention Canada (unless it’s in the lyrics of one of his songs). Certainly, you might be proud enough of your home country to mention it, but does it really fit in with the epic performance you’ve planned? Probably not. So if you like to go for a lot of money, play “yes”; If you only want to win a very small amount of cash on a “safe” bet, take “no”.
Will The Weeknd mention Joe Biden during the halftime show?
Will The Weeknd mention Donald Trump during the halftime show?
It seems that “no” is the easy answer to these, although it offers little value. The Weeknd is no fan of Donald Trump, but he has never been particularly political on a public stage. He’s a showman, of course, but he likely has bigger plans for this performance and doesn’t want him to become a political lightning rod. The NFL certainly doesn’t want that either.
Will a soccer ball be used as an accessory?
Again, The Weeknd doesn’t seem like the type of entertainer who’s going to have some kind of “football-based” performance just because he’s in the Super Bowl. This is your time to shine, not be part of the big game hype.
Will Bella Hadid be shown during the halftime show?
It’s almost impossible to tell if Hadid and The Weeknd are together at any given moment (seriously, read this chronology of their relationship, which only runs through August of last year), but either way, this feels like an easy “no”. Even if they are currently dating and she is in the stadium, she probably won’t show her to you, so barring some shocking revelation of where she was brought on stage during one of the songs that is supposed to be about her, they probably won’t see it.
Will Ariana Grande be on stage during the halftime show?
Will Doja Cat be on stage during the halftime show?
Will Drake be on stage during the halftime show?
Will Kenny G be on stage during the halftime show?
The rumored track list above says that Grande will appear during the song “Love Me Harder”, but again, that track list has 18 tracks, so we’re taking it with a grain of sand. Also, that song isn’t even in the options listed above as a possible opening / closing (probably because it’s actually Grande’s song and The Weeknd is just a guest). Doja Cat is on a remix of “In Your Eyes”, which is a newer song and arguably more likely to be performed, so it’s a slightly better bet.
Drake makes perfect sense since they are fellow Canadians. He’s the biggest star of the group and could easily carry his own song or two if need be, though The Weeknd may not want to overshadow himself during his big time, which Drake probably would. Kenny G might be the best option here, as he only plays one instrument on an “In Your Eyes” remix, and that would be the kind of weird / cool thing that would be slightly shocking to casual viewers, prompting frantic searches on Google of “Why was Kenny G on stage with The Weeknd at the Super Bowl?”
It seems likely that there will be at least one or two surprise guests during this performance (Kendrick Lamar is another good option if you can find a book that lists it), if only to give The Weeknd time to change costumes or put the pieces on his. place. You could bet $ 100 on “yes” on all of these and hope to win one and get a big payoff, which would almost cover all four bets. If it hits just two, then you’ve made a profit of at least $ 240.
Will there be a closet malfunction?
Define “wardrobe malfunction”. If it just means a problem with someone’s clothing or a wig / mask falling off prematurely, then yes, it could happen. If it means that someone’s naughty parts are mostly or partially exposed, Janet Jackson-style, then no.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.