Whether you are a hardcore football fan, or you have no idea how exactly to play the game, everyone grabs some chicken wings and nacho dip and watches the Super Bowl halftime show. There are the must-see commercials, and of course, the performances. We’ve seen a mix of amazing acts, and not-so-great ones. Celebs bring their A-game (pun intended) to the stadium to put on a show the hope everyone will remember.
Janet Jackson and Justin Timberlake ended up with one of the most memorable Super Bowl performances in 2004, thanks to nipple gate. Since then, everyone wonders whether there will be another wardrobe malfunction during the halftime show. There were definitely performances when the chances of something being exposed seemed pretty likely.
Here are 9 Super Bowl halftime outfits that could have easily resulted in a wardrobe malfunction:
1. Destiny’s Child, Super Bowl XLVII Halftime Show, 2013
With all of the dancing, bouncing and hip shaking that was going on during Destiny’s Child’s Super Bowl halftime performance, it seemed likely that any one of them could expose something not appropriate for a general TV audience. I didn’t think Kelly Rowland‘s leather leotard could handle all that shaking.
As for Beyoncé, you have to give the designer (and body tape) major credit for making it possible for her to safely pull off this move.
2. Madonna, Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, 2012
The 2012 line up (Madonna, Nicki Minaj, M.I.A., Cee Lo Green, LMFAO) had “nipple gate 2.0” written all over it. I am shocked there wasn’t an intentional wardrobe malfunction. Whoever approved of this clearly had no idea what these celebs are capable of. They’re lucky the most revealing moment was when Madonna showed a bit of butt cheek.
Calm down. There’s no need to bring out the censors.
3. Nicki Minaj, Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, 2012
I wouldn’t be surprised if there were bets on who would expose a boob first, Nicki Minaj, Madonna or M.I.A. It was also difficult to say whether Nicki’s boobs or butt would be the first to break free in this outfit.
4. M.I.A. Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show, 2012
M.I.A. did cause a stir by flipping the bird, but that was hardly as scandalous as Janet Jackson exposing a pierced nipple. M.I.A. had the opportunity to do something. That monogrammed crotch piece looks like it could have been part of some publicity stunt.
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5. Black Eyed Peas, Super Bowl XLV Halftime Show, 2011
Fergie‘s futuristic look was just a bit too similar to Janet Jackson’s, so the opportunity was there to rip off her sparkly bra. However, it was the dancers’ costumes where I really expected some scandal to start…
This was a very cool effect, but there was something about these lights that reminded me a bit too much of an x-ray, and I wouldn’t have been surprised if they revealed more than they thought.
6. The Who, Super Bowl XLIV Halftime Show, 2010
We can’t forget about the dudes. Pete Townshend‘s precariously buttoned shirt could have revealed some man nipple. People wouldn’t consider that to be as big as Janet Jackson’s scandal, but a nipple is a nipple.
7. Shania Twain, XXXVII Halftime Show, 2003
Shania Twain‘s dominatrix outfit looks like the sort of thing she would rip off at the the end of a show to reveal her birthday suit. I don’t know the Ariana Grande ponytail factors into things…
8. No Doubt, XXXVII Halftime Show, 2003
Once you get over the fact that Shania Twain and No Doubt (and Sting) were chosen to performance at the same halftime show, you wonder how Gwen Stefani‘s boiler-suit managed to stay up. She must have had a belt under there to stop it from sliding off.
9. Britney Spears, Super Bowl XXXV Halftime Show, 2001
If a Super Bowl has “XXX” you expect there is going to be some kind of wardrobe disaster. Britney Spears‘ crop top is hanging on for dear life here. Looking back, Justin Timberlake probably wishes he went naked, instead of wearing this plastic jacket.