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Katy Perry talks about Super Bowl Show

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Katy Perry is among the bigger names in pop. But when Beyonce played the Super Bowl two years ago?

“I was like a 9-year-old girl,” Perry says, with a laugh, “crouched in front of the TV. I didn’t even sit on the couch. I got right into the TV and sat with my legs folded and was just watching it. I didn’t want to skip a beat.”

And she was taking notes, Perry says, without actually knowing if she would ever get her shot at doing music’s biggest televised event, which last year drew 115.3 million viewers for Bruno Mars.

“But I did have the thought,” she continues, ” ‘When would that phone call come?’ Or ‘When would I be able to do that?’ And I guess that’s now.”

Or if not now, then Sunday, Feb. 1, when Perry hits the stage at the Pepsi Super Bowl XLIX Halftime Show at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale.

The singer checked in from Los Angeles to talk about the halftime show and share her childhood memories of the years she spent in Arizona, giving a shout-out to her first-grade teacher at Paradise Valley Christian School.

Q: Do you have any favorite Arizona memories?

Answer: It’s so funny. I used to live in Scottsdale. So I have little hometown vibes there. I went to Paradise Valley Christian School in kindergarten and first grade. Mrs. Dalton was my first-grade teacher and that’s when I started becoming a conscious adult. (laughs). So yeah, I have a lot of memories there. I remember it always being so extremely hot. But I also lived in Lake Havasu, actually. So I’ve lived in a couple places in Arizona. But Scottsdale has always been a really beautiful place in my mind. I have hiked Camelback Mountain. You are talking to a Super Bowl performer who has hiked your mountain. So I know about you guys a bit.

Q: Is there a special feeling, then, when you play here because of that?

A: Maybe a little bit, yeah. I guess there would be a little bit. And I’m really happy, selfishly, that it’s gonna be in Arizona because you don’t really have any surprises via the weather. Like, if I was on the East Coast, God knows what kind of Plan B, C, D, E, F, G I’d have to put into place day of. So we like you and your weather.

Q: Speaking of your game-day plans, how do you go about taking what works in the course of a full-length Katy Perry concert and condensing it in such a way that it can have that kind of impact on the viewer?

A: Concentrated Katy (laughs). My show that I brought to Phoenix was two hours and 10 minutes long. But in 12-and-a-half minutes, I just kind of have to pick the best songs, maybe the songs that are most familiar, the songs that are anthems of sorts, and condense them and make a medley of some and hand you a few surprises on the way. I’m not gonna show you all my cards until the day of.

Q: Well, how many songs are you doing?

A: We are doing a mash-up of a few, so quite a few.

Q: And you don’t want to get into what songs those might be?

A: I think you can bet that I’ll be playing “Roar” and I’ll be playing “Firework.” I would never leave those songs out because they have in some ways been the songs that have bookended my career, “Firework” being off of “Teenage Dream” and “Roar” being off of “Prism,” the latest record. And I’ll actually play something from my first record, “One of the Boys.” But I’ve only had three records. And a lot of songs in between.

Q: Are you planning on inviting any guest performers?

A: Yes, of course. Everybody does that. And I want to take advantage of that. I want to take advantage of everyone losing it for my special guest. And I have thought about this one for a while. There were a couple of names I tossed around and this one really stuck. I thought OK, it’s time for this person to have their shine again.

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Katy Perry talks about Super Bowl Show

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