How did Justin Timberlake do as headliner for the halftime show of Super Bowl LII?
By Peter Larsen
Justin Timberlake delivered a high-energy performance at halftime of Super Bowl LII on Sunday and whether or not you liked it probably depends on how much you loved or hated Timberlake before the show even began.
There were fresh aspects to the staging of a halftime show, with Timberlake opening his mini-set inside a small space beneath the stadium done up like a club – small stage, lots of lasers, dancers packing the place – before making his way up the steps to the field.
And there were a ton of songs, too many if you ask me, with most of them only done for 30 or 45 seconds it felt like before he moved onto the next. In the mix: “Rock Your Body,” “SexyBack,” “Until The End of Time,” as well as the new single “Filthy.”
But there were no guests, none of the artists that he’s collaborated with over the years. And the widely rumored Prince hologram? Well, you tell me if the video images of Prince we saw projected onto a scrim as Timberlake sang the Minneapolis icon’s “I Would Die 4 U” was a hologram or not.
I sort of agree with Twitter user @celestemc, who wrote: “He put him on a bed sheet. That is not an honor.” Though unlike her comment I was glad to see get a shout-out from his fan and follower Timberlake, and I did like the way the stadium and the surrounding city turned purple at the finish of that.
Timberlake once again demonstrated he’s a superb dancer – the bit of fancy stepping with the mic stand was particularly sweet – but again, the songs really weren’t that memorable, and to my ears the audio coming across my sound bar was muddy, especially on his vocals.
“Can Stop The Feeling” wrapped up the set […]