The Weeknd's Super Bowl LV halftime show gets mixed reviews from fans

The Weeknd took the stage at Super Bowl LV to headline the high-energy "Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show." 

With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers holding a commanding lead over the Kansas City Chiefs, the performer, whose real name is Abel Tesfaye, took the Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla. a significantly more subdued and stripped-down performance than viewers of the high-profile TV event are typically used to. 

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It didn’t take long for viewers to take to Twitter to pan the performance, which saw the singer merely jump from song-to-song with little showmanship or surprises. In fact, he didn’t even leave the stands to perform in the field until the very end. 

"I find #TheWeeknd such a creative artist but this was not it Yawning face #HalfTimeShow," one viewer wrote.

"I love @theweeknd , but that could have been better. His music choice was great, but overall, for a half time show, IT COULD HAVE BEEN BETTER," wrote another.

"no offense to The Weeknd but what was that," a third noted.

"Look I really like the Weeknd's music and he had a really good song selection, but I didn't think the halftime show was that great. It was a bit underwhelming," added another.

"That may be THE WORST halftime show in history. I’m shocked at how bad The Weeknd was," wrote another viewer.

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However, note everyone was in agreement that the performance wasn't up to par for the Super Bowl.

"@theweeknd put on a good halftime show! Enjoyed it!" wrote one positive viewer.

"@theweeknd killed it at the @SuperBowl halftime show. Amazing vocalist Man singer Great stage set!  #theweekend #music The New MJ 'hee hee'," someone else wrote.

"BEST HALFTIME SHOW EVER," a more blunt user tweeted.

The performer opened the show accompanied by a choir with red light-up eyes singing "Starboy." From there he merely danced his way through his reliable hits such as "The Hills," "I Feel It Coming" and his song of the summer "Blinding Lights." 

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