Beyonce hasn’t been out of the headlines since last week’s lip-syncing at the Inauguration that apparently didn’t warrant as much preparation as 13-minutes at the Super Bowl.
She was criticised for not singing live and for relying on a backing track when fellow performers like Kelly Clarkson pulled off live vocals with the same notice and in the same weather conditions. She addressed the scandal by holding a press conference and singing live, just to prove she can, because 15-years of live performances apparently don’t cut it anymore.
In any case, the Super Bowl itself was a mixed bag. Judging by the YouTube comments on the videos before they were ripped down, her own fans found it boring in places with the ill-conceived segues, boring costume, recycled choreography, and staging that didn’t scale for a performance of that magnitude.
But she did work hard on the routines, enough so that she pulled a bunch of faces that her publicist wants scrubbed from the Internet. And she worked so hard she lost a bunch of weight in the days before the event.
One of the most anticipated events at yesterday’s Super Bowl was Beyonce’s performance during the halftime show and ET spoke exclusively to the superstar’s costume designer about her her rigorous rehearsals and how much work went into her outfits.
“When a performer is working so vigorously, they’re shrinking constantly, and so she was losing weight every day,” fashion designer Rubin Singer told ET. “So we had to keep taking it in and taking it in and taking it in and doing tweaks and changes.”
Singer said he was based in New Orleans all last week preparing for Beyonce’s Super Bowl performance and that a team of 14 people put about 200 man hours into producing and tweaking the costumes.
“When you have the dress rehearsals and you actually get to see the footage the next day, or that night, and you see all the little nuances that you need to change,” he said.
In addition to Beyonce’s costumes, Singer also created the outfits for former Destiny’s Child band member Michelle Williams as well as the jackets for the show’s 120 backup dancers. - via Entertainment Tonight.