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So often in the past few decades, the Super Bowl halftime show has been a home for some of the biggest acts in music history, as a way of complementing the best of the best NFL athletes competing in the game itself. And it looks like next year's midgame par-tay could be fronted by someone quite familiar with Super Bowl halftime shows: pop superstar Justin Timberlake. But how legit is this, and how can he possibly top his last appearance?
The latest update for the Super Bowl LII haven't been confirmed, but it sounds like Justin Timberlake was asked to take that most-coveted performance slot. (Super Bowl halftime shows are generally the most-watched minutes of TV of any given year.) According to US Weekly, Timberlake is supposedly finalizing the deal to appear in the Minneapolis Metrodome on February 4, 2018.
There was talk that Justin Timberlake might be joined on the big stage with fellow music juggernaut Jay-Z, with whom he'd collaborated in the past, but that doesn't appear to be the case anymore, and Timberlake is reportedly going to have zero special guests showing up. I can't imagine that the producers and other execs would avoid using this as a prime opportunity to showcase a mini-N'Sync reunion, both in general and for a Super Bowl performance. The group appeared in 2001 for Super Bowl XXXV and performed several of their own tracks, as well as "Walk This Way" with Aerosmith. But that definitely wasn't Timberlake's most notable moment.
As football fans are aware, not to mention everyone who read any news headlines in 2004, Justin Timberlake was part of the infamous Nipplegate halftime show back in 2004's Super Bowl XXXVIII, which also included Jessica Simpson, Nelly, P. Diddy, Kid Rock, two Texas marching bands, Janet Jackson, and Janet Jackson's right boob. (Not to be confused with Katy Perry's left shark.) When Timberlake pulled off part of Jackson's outfit for that split-second breast reveal, it was one of the biggest TV moments of the year, ushering in a new FCC rule where a five-second delay was deemed necessary to avoid future catastrophes like that. You can catch that entire performance below.
Of course, we want to know how that situation would be addressed if Justin Timberlake does indeed return for Super Bowl LII, as it's been long enough for there to be an amusing way to poke fun at the moment. And considering how much the NFL has been in the spotlight recently for all the kneeling and Donald Trump tweets, we're thinking people will need a reason to laugh at that point in the broadcast. (We doubt "Dick in a Box" would get a revival there.)
We'll hopefully get some confirmation soon about Justin Timberlake or another popular entertainer getting the gig. Super Bowl LII is set to go down on NBC on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Until that happens, though, check out our fall premiere schedule for everything else that's coming to TV in the near future.