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It’s official: Madonna, Cirque du Soleil a go for Super Bowl halftime show

Dec 5, 2011, 10:50 AM EDT

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It’s been rumored since October, but only now is it official: Madonna will be the headline act at this season’s Super Bowl halftime show. Only coincidentally of course, Madonna has a movie coming out two days before the Feb. 5 game, and a new album scheduled for release in 2012. To paraphrase Charlie Brown in the Peanuts Christmas special: “I’m not going to let this commercial Madonna spoil my Super Bowl.”

But guess who’s also going to be performing at halftime?

The 53-year-old Material Girl — whose romantic drama W.E. just happens to be hitting theaters two days before the game — will collaborate with Cirque du Soleil and Jamie King for the big gig.

This just could be the freakiest SB halftime show ever.

And now a list of every Super Bowl halftime headliner since 2005, with their age at the time of the performance.

2005: Paul McCartney, 63.
2006: Rolling Stones (Mick Jagger, 63).
2007: Prince, 49.
2008: Tom Petty, 58.
2009: Bruce Springsteen, 60.
2010: The Who (Roger Daltrey, 65).
2011: Black Eyed Peas (, 36).
2012: Madonna, 53.

Average age: 55.8. Throw out Black Eyed Peas and it’s 58.7.

  1. trbowman - Dec 5, 2011 at 1:34 PM

    I never watch the halftime show, and it’s because of choices like this.

  2. winkeroni - Dec 5, 2011 at 2:23 PM

    It’s difficult to make everyone happy. I would prefer that a local high school band get to perform at each Superbowl but I don’t get any say. Perhaps they should at least consider letting a local artist do the National Anthem. I would hope they could do a better job than Christina A.

  3. dietrich43 - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:05 PM

    This would have been a great show – in 1988.

  4. goforthanddie - Dec 5, 2011 at 11:50 PM

    Because when I think football, I think Madonna and Cirque du bloody Soleil.