We should have known that Katy Perry would be upstaged by one of her back-up dancers. It’s just the way her sports-related-performances go.
To celebrate International Women’s Day on Sunday, Perry belted out a pre-show performance packed with girl-power at the Women’s T20 World Cup Final.
And although the show was only two songs long – opening with ‘Roar’ and closing with ‘Firework’ – Perry certainly made a mark on the over 80,000-strong MCG crowd. But, perhaps, not as much of a mark as her very femme cricket bat back-up dancers.
Step aside, Left Shark, your time is over.
— Cass (@thiscassgirl) March 8, 2020
The Women’s #T20WorldCup Final according to @katyperry…yes those are dancing cricket bats pic.twitter.com/ASmrIU3XBR
— Jo Currie (@JoCurrie) March 8, 2020
It’s likely that Perry had no idea what the heck cricket was before being booked for the performance. I mean, not many Americans do. But she’s clearly done her research on our national sport and blended her propensity for showmanship, wild back-up dancers, and epic concerts with the sport.
The result: dancing cricket bats.
And the internet loved every second of it. Many marvelling at the talent of the dancers in the awkward costumes.
How anyone can dance in 6 inch heels dressed as a cricket bat is beyond me. Marvellous effort, that. #InternationalWomensDay #T20WorldCupFinal #FILLTHEMCG
— Jack Banister (@banister02) March 8, 2020
Katy Perry & dancing cricket bats! #T20WorldCupFinal #FilltheMCG pic.twitter.com/zY0G1yeTAg
— Bronwyn (@allrounder135) March 8, 2020
SEXY CRICKET BATS!!!! I knew it was missing something…
— Holly Hamilton (@HollyHNews) March 8, 2020
Sexy cricket bat is my new girlfriend and I will be taking no further questions at this time #ICCWomensT20WorldCup2020 pic.twitter.com/IIt5AXzbAH
— Alice Soper (@alicesoapbox) March 8, 2020
my goal in life is to be one of Katy perry’s cricket bat back up dancers #T20WorldCup
— rebecca #cmonaussie (@rebeccaawce) March 8, 2020
Perry’s as joined by a small army of dancers as she performed on a giant, purple ‘female’ symbol, proving she doesn’t need a huge concert setlist to celebrate girl power.
6 months pregnant and Katy Perry just did this for #InternationalWomensDay. I love this woman. pic.twitter.com/coIHjxFtTs
— 🅹 (@kxtysboy_) March 8, 2020
Look if a concert doesn’t have dancing cricket bats and girls forming #iwd symbols then I’m not interested. That was pretty epic. #katyperry #T20WorldCupFinal pic.twitter.com/ce8Ua4cAao
— Laurel Irving (@laurelirving7) March 8, 2020
Oh, and the bats. The bats will live on forever.
Image Source: Twitter (@AusWomenCricket)