Dolly Parton Explains Why She’s Passed On The Super Bowl Halftime Show ‘Many Times’

The Jolene singer-songwriter has received offers to perform at the big game – including on one occasion with a fellow A-lister.
Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
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Dolly Parton isn’t ruling out a Super Bowl halftime show in the future, despite turning down invitations to perform at the big game on a number of occasions.

The Jolene singer, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, shared that she’s received offers to play the halftime show and explained why she has ultimately had to decline them.

“Oh, sure. I’ve been offered that many times. I couldn’t do it because of other things, or I just didn’t think I was big enough to do it — to do that big of a production,” said Dolly.

“When you think about those shows, those are big, big productions. I’ve never done anything with that big of a production. I don’t know if I could have. I think at the time, that’s what I was thinking.”

The iconic country musician nearly took part in the Super Bowl halftime show when Katy Perry was the headliner in 2015.

She told GQ in 2020 that she would have done the show because she loves Katy but revealed that her husband, Carl Dean, “was not doing good” at the time, so she didn’t want to leave him for the performance.

A future halftime show isn’t out of the question, however, with publication noting that she “looks at the epic performance slot a little differently” with the upcoming release of Rockstar, her first rock album.

“It would make more sense. That might change. I might be able to do a production show,” claimed Dolly, whose album drops in two weeks.

Dolly Parton is set to appear at a different halftime show later this month as the Dallas Cowboys announced that she’ll perform at the team’s Thanksgiving Day game against the Washington Commanders on 23 November.


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