- Pop and hip-hop superstar The Weeknd will be taking the stage at halftime of this year’s Super Bowl, where oddsmakers have his song Blinding Lights at -300 to be the final song of the show.
- Bettors are looking at great odds for the opening song, where tracks like Starboy are available for +450 betting odds.
TAMPA, Fla. – The Super Bowl halftime performance has long been a major attraction for the biggest football game of the year.
While many fans tune in to see the action on the field, there are a decent amount of non-football fans who watch specifically for the spectacle of the halftime show.
This year, the Pepsi-sponsored halftime show will star Canadian pop/hip-hop/R&B artist The Weeknd. The Weeknd has been steadily putting out hits for years now, and was met with largely positive reactions upon the announcement that he would take the stage at the Super Bowl in Tampa this year.
The singer enjoyed one of his most successful years in 2020 largely due to his hit single Blinding Lights, which many consider to be the song of the year.
Naturally, major online sportsbooks have taken the opportunity to post odds on the show. While some of these can be arbitrary like “Will there be a wardrobe malfunction?”, two of these bets have some very valuable odds.
Taking a deeper dive into the song that The Weeknd opens the show with, and ends the show with, can yield some valuable results.
Super Bowl LV - Halftime Show - What Will Be The First Song Played?
- In Your Eyes +350
- Save Your Tears +450
- Blinding Lights +450
- Starboy +450
- Can't Feel My Face +500
- Too Late +800
- Heartless +800
- The Hills +1400
- I Feel It Coming +2500
- In The Night +2500
While Blinding Lights is the song of the year, it is highly unlikely that the show will begin with the song everybody is waiting to hear.
Instead, The Weeknd will likely open with a different one of his songs that sets the mood of the show while still being popular enough to pique the interest of standby guests around the world.
In 2017, Lady Gaga opened her show with her smash hit Poker Face. It had been nearly nine years since Poker Face was released back in 2008, but Gaga still opened with the nostalgic tune.
It is likely The Weeknd will take a similar stance and perform one of his biggest songs like Can’t Feel My Face (+500), or The Hills (+1400).
However, the strongest choice has to go his 2016 hit off the album of the same name, Starboy.
The song is a regular opener for The Weekend, and with its soft synths and building energy, it is the perfect choice for the Super Bowl show opener.
The Weeknd regularly opened shows with the song on his 2017 tour. Unfortunately, his 2020 After Hours album tour was canceled due to the pandemic, so it is unknown what the opener would have been for that run of shows.
As far as the final song, there is one heavy favorite dominating the oddsboard.
Super Bowl LV - Halftime Show - What Will Be The Final Song Played?
- Blinding Lights -300
- Save Your Tears +650
- In Your Eyes +800
- Heartless +1600
- Too Late +1600
- Starboy +1600
- Can't Feel My Face +2500
- The Hills +2500
- I Feel It Coming +3000
- In The Night +5000
With the popularity of Blinding Lights, it is highly likely that will be the last song played to end the performance, and the Super Bowl sportsbooks tend to agree.
However, nothing is certain in terms of Super Bowl halftime shows, as many previous bettors would easily profess.
Jimmy Reinman honed his skills across various mediums including print, radio, and broadcast before bringing his arsenal of knowledge to the team here at USAOnlineSportsbooks in 2020. When he’s not writing, you can find him in a state of focused stress on any College Football Saturday, or maniacally constructing NBA parlays on a cool spring evening.