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Sunday night’s Super Bowl ended with the Philadelphia Eagles ending their winning drought against the New England Patriots, with the Eagles soaring high in Minnesota. As for the night’s entertainment, what started with an incredible performance from Pink of the national anthem ended with a lukewarm reception to Justin Timberlake’s third time as a halftime performer.
Let’s take a look at the highs and lows of last night’s Super Bowl performers.
After revealing in a social media post on Saturday that she was currently suffering from the flu, fans anxiously waited to see whether Pink could pull off the national anthem ahead of kick off. Then we remembered that this woman has performed while literally scaling the side of a hotel, so yeah, she can handle a cough drop and a few high notes. Even more touching, Pink’s brother, a member of the U.S. military, was there to watch his sister perform at the big game. We’re not crying…yes, we are.
With Pink’s triumphant national anthem performance, we almost forgot she wasn’t also the halftime performer. Lady Gaga slayed the anthem only a few years before performing at the halftime show, so fingers crossed we’ll be seeing Pink parachute in from the top of the stadium during next year’s big game.
Timberlake kept the energy of his performance high throughout the set, with the pop star showing off his impressive stamina and natural dance ability.
Performing songs from all phases of his solo career, Timberlake had a little something for everyone, including your parents who probably still love “Can’t Stop The Feeling.”
After opening the set with “Filthy,” Timberlake mostly stayed away from his new album and kept fans happy with the hits for the remainder of the performance.
Two words: crowd work.
Two more words: meme creation. #SelfieKid
We know, we know. Timberlake said there would be no NSYNC reunion. But at some point, JT, you gotta give the people what they want and what we wanted was to see some choreographed dancing to “Bye Bye Bye.” Is that really too much to ask for?
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 5, 2018
Seeing Timberlake on stage brought back memories of the pop star leaving Janet Jackson high and dry to take the Nipplegate blame last time he performed at the Super Bowl. Jackson had already confirmed she wouldn’t be appearing at this year’s show, but for Timberlake to perform “Rock Your Body” felt like yet another slap in the face.
If you’re going to do a selfie with a member of the crowd, plant an actor who looks interested.
Although the Prince tribute was fitting to take place in the purple one’s Minnesota home, he and Timberlake had a long history of animosity towards one another. Before Prince passed away, he also let his feelings on bringing back artists through virtual reality known, calling them demonic. At least Timberlake went with Prince on a screen instead of a hologram.
No mechanical lion like Katy Perry, no ziplining like Lady Gaga, no Beyoncé like Coldplay. We don’t like to compare artists, but in this case there wasn’t much comparisons. Thank goodness for the giant mirrors so we at least had something shiny to look at during the performance.