January 29, 2015 / 11:19 PM / in 3 years

Katy Perry's Super Bowl promise: lion, sharks and live singing

(Reuters) - Pop singer Katy Perry on Thursday teased a lion, sharks and at least some live singing during her Super Bowl halftime performance, the most-watched dozen minutes annually on U.S. television.

Jan 29, 2015; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Recording artist Katy Perry speaks during the Super Bowl XLIX halftime show press conference at the Phoenix Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

The “Roar” singer wouldn’t divulge much about her Sunday gig at the NFL title game but did say to expect an unnamed “old school” female singer as a surprise performer in addition to rocker Lenny Kravitz.

“I think I‘m going to play on my strengths, which are humor, incredible joy. ... I just hope at the end of the day that over 100 million people are smiling in unison,” Perry told a news conference at the Phoenix Convention Center.

The 30-year-old pop star, known for her colorful costumes and songs about female empowerment, would not say how much of her singing would be pre-recorded, often an issue that has earned criticism for singers performing at big events.

“I think a lot of it will be live,” said Perry, who boasts Twitter’s largest following.

Two years ago, the run-up to Beyonce’s halftime performance was overshadowed by her lip-synched performance at President Barack Obama’s inauguration.

Perry will perform her hits at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, at the Super Bowl match-up of the New England Patriots and the Seattle Seahawks.

Last year’s halftime show, headlined by singer Bruno Mars and Red Hot Chili Peppers, attracted a record 115.3 million TV viewers, slightly more than the game itself averaged.

A performance at the Super Bowl is considered the music industry’s top promotional platform.

Reporting by Eric Kelsey in Los Angeles; Editing by Leslie Adler

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