At least it’s not an over the hill rock act hired solely because they won’t offend anyone, right?

That’s what we were thinking, anyway, when it was announced today that Beyoncé would be the halftime show performer for Super Bowl XLVII on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, located in New Orleans.  The news initially leaked via an anonymous person in the know; later, Beyoncé’s official site released a picture of the singer in eye black with the Super Bowl date printed on her face.

An official announcement was expected on Wednesday, according to Billboard, but the picture may have been released to get ahead of the anonymous leaker.  Either way, Beyoncé is your Super Bowl XLVII performer, America, and hey—she’s actually under the age of 50.  Isn’t that something?

Madonna was the performer at this year’s Super Bowl, and if you missed it, well, let’s just say that you’re one of the very, very lucky ones—114 million saw the performance (more than the 111.3 million who actually watched the game, Billboard reports) and are still scarred from the boring, uninspired show.

Many are already speculating that Beyoncé’s involvement in the Super Bowl half time show means a likely performance by her husband, Jay-Z, and possibly a reunion with one or all of her former Destiny’s Child bandmates.

What do you want to see happen during the halftime show?