Is this spicy combo getting a little too hot ahead of the Super Bowl?
America seems pretty hyped to watch Jennifer Lopez and Shakira perform at this year’s Super Bowl halftime show. Lopez herself said during her press tour for “Hustlers” that it was a chance to show positive Latinx representation in a country divided by racist rhetoric. However, according to reports, the two divas are now having issues sharing the stage with one another.
The tea is that originally Lopez was supposed to headline the Super Bowl halftime show alone. At the last minute, after Lopez had agreed to perform, Pepsi and the NFL decided to throw in Shakira to the mix. Many will find it surprising that musical acts do not get paid for their performances, and instead, use it as a platform to promote their music. It is totally probable that Lopez felt betrayed by Shakira’s addition and now feels chained to the alteration. The issue seems understandable as the promotional value as a single headliner would have been much more useful to Lopez.
According to American news site, Jennifer Lopez & Shakira are not currently getting along in preparation for the SuperBowl, due to the fact that Shakira wasn't initially part of the show.
The singers will likely only come together at the end of the performance due to the length. pic.twitter.com/nwzNHMOarG
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According to sources, while a duet style performance was initially planned for the event, things have apparently taken a turn after a few “icy” interactions between the two. It has also been stated that time constraints have further added to the tension between the two:
“As usual with these Super Bowl performances, the performers are having trouble fitting their set into the time constraints. Right now, the halftime show in the works is running way longer than the allotted time. The NFL, along with the powers-that-be are trying to solve the issue. There were initial plans for them to perform a significant portion of the halftime show together — but that’s out the window. As of now, they’re just planning to appear briefly together at the end of the set. There isn’t any real feud, but there’s definitely a chill in the air between the two stars.”
It’s tough to share the limelight, and when you have as many hits to choose from as these two, it’s sure to get a little tricky. As mentioned prior, they continue that another huge issue is the fact that Lopez was surprised that she would have to share the stage at all.
“They’re telling everyone that limiting how much time Jennifer and Shakira spend on stage together has a lot to do with their different styles of music, but others close to production say that it has more to do with the fact that Jennifer was forced into sharing the performance with Shakira in the first place. Initially, she believed the halftime show was hers alone — only to have the NFL and Pepsi (the Super Bowl halftime show sponsor) add Shakira later.”
Regardless of the rumored drama, both these well seasoned performers so surely this won’t cause them to miss a beat come the big game. We’ll have to see how this translates to the show on February 2nd. What do you guys make of all of this?