By Sam Bertschmann
The Superbowl halftime Show marked the first performance by Destiny’s Child, featuring members Beyoncé Knowles, Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland, since 2006. Their highly anticipated reunion, however, fell short of my high expectations.
Beyoncé opened the show with a solo performance of her 2003 hit “Crazy in Love,” two weeks after allegedly lip-syncing the national anthem at President Obama’s inauguration.
While she appeared to be actually singing during much of this performance, which also featured hits from her illustrius solo career such as “Baby Boy” and “Halo,” this show was generally more dance-centric; Beyoncé opted not to sing at all during a significant portion of this production.
Williams and Rowland joined Beyoncé onstage partway into the show, performing former hits “Bootylicious” and “Independent Women Pt. 2.” Before parting once again, the three performed Beyoncé’s solo hit “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It)” with Williams and Rowland as backup dancers.
While momentarily exciting, Destiny’s Child’s reunion was far too brief, neglecting popular favorites like “Jumpin’ Jumpin’,” “Bills, Bills, Bills,” and “Say My Name.” Announced several weeks earlier, this performance was far too over-hyped; I was largely underwhelmed.
Though Destiny’s Child seemed to have blown a fuse in the stadium with their elaborate show, the performance itself lacked the electricity I had hoped it would have.