The Grey Cup season is imminent, and nothing is on people’s mind more than what star-studded act the CFL will choose for their half-time performance.
In yesterday’s statement, the CFL announced that the Americana pop-punk boy band, Fall Out Boy, would be taking the stage November 29th as the special guest performers for the Grey Cup. With a plethora of local talent available, it’s questionable as to why they chose an American band that hasn’t been relevant in the mainstream since the late 2000s as the hallowed Canadian football event’s most prestigious guests.
In honor of said announcement, we’ve compiled a list of the worst Grey Cup half-time performances in CFL history. Enjoy:
Black Eyed Peas (2005)
The most exhilarating part of this performance was waiting to see if will.i.am’s fedora hanging off the edge of is head will ever fall off. If you can even get through the first three minutes of “Pump It”, let alone the entire thirteen minute-long set then you should win some kind of prize.
Jack Semple (1995)
Ten years prior, the CFL commissioned Regina-native blues and folk artist Jack Semple to sing a heartwarming song about “bringing back the game”. Though the lyrics are surely uplifting as a Canadian, the video now purposes as a great way to remember why we left mullets behind.
The ‘pride’ of Canada, Jacob Hoggart and the merry men of Hedley graced the Mosaic Stadium for an uplifting performance in 2013. With songs like “Invincible”, “Anything” and “Cha-Ching”, it really made audiences believed that they too could be in a b-list pop band one day.
Nelly Furtado (2006)
I’m not sure what’s worse, the fact that Nelly Furtado sang “Promiscuous” on live TV, or that she followed it up with “Maneater”. Happy football friends!
You saw this coming.