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Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl XLIX halftime show

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Insiders are telling the New York Post’s Page Six that Katy Perry is more or less locked and loaded to be the headline performer for the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show when the game is play Feb. 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., the home of the Arizona Cardinals.

“A deal is being hammered out for Katy to play the Super Bowl,” an “entertainment insider” informed Page Six of the plan.

Perry was believed to be one of three finalists for the showcase performance, along with Coldplay and Rihanna. Super Bowl organizers probably are banking on Perry’s cutie pie, more family-friendly image to be less controversial than say Rihanna, who could have proved to be more of a wild card with her performance.

Perry does have some Super Bowl performance-related experience. She played a set the at a party leading up to Super Bowl XLVI when the big game was played in 2012 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

The pop superstar is having a big week when it comes to infiltrating the world of big time sports. Perry stole the show before, during and after she made an appearance as celebrity game-picker on ESPN’s “College GameDay,” delighting fans and the panel of college football analysts with her wit, charm and relatively surprising football knowledge.

During her appearance on the college football pregame show, Perry scoffed at the “pay-to-play” concept floated by the NFL where the league reportedly was to demand that performers put their money where they want their mouths to be. In other words, the chance to perform may have gone to the highest bidder.

While the NFL has said negotiations with performers are confidential, Perry nevertheless turned her nose up to the prospect of paying anything to perform, saying, “I’m not the kind of girl who would pay to play the Super Bowl.”

Performing at the Super Bowl, however, is one of the most sought-after gigs in music and whether or not Perry and her people are negotiating a price to pay or a price to be paid is immaterial, if Page Six’s sources are to be believed that it’s only a matter of hammering out some details, crossing some t’s and dotting the i’s.

She may present herself as “Hot N Cold” when it comes to the negotiations, but should she land the gig, odds are, just like when she kissed a girl, she’ll like it.

(for more Katy Perry coverage on SoB, feel free to peruse the archives)