Justin Timberlake‘s Super Bowl halftime show is quickly approaching, and fans are getting more and more eager to find out who he’ll be bringing out as special guests. But if his press conference Thursday (Jan. 1) was any indication, fans hoping for an epic surprise may not get their wish — especially those anticipating an appearance from *NSYNC or Janet Jackson.
When Timberlake was asked if there might be an *NSYNC reunion on the Super Bowl stage, the “Can’t Stop the Feeling” singer shut rumors down point-blank. “Uhh, well, no,” he said with a quick laugh, but an expression that suggested he was not playing any games.
Timberlake also briefly mentioned Jackson, who will of course forever be associated with Justin and the Super Bowl after the infamous Nipplegate incident of 2004, and who some have suggested the pop star should bring out as a special guest at Super Bowl LII. From the sounds of it, that’s not happening either.
“To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests,” he continued. “We talked about it a lot. There’s a whole list — I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, I heard. From *NSYNC to Jay [Z] to Chris Stapleton to Janet, but this year I’m just excited — my band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they’re my special guests and I’m excited this year to rock the stage. It’s gonna be a lot of fun.”
While it seems Timberlake will be handling the world’s biggest stage without any guest stars — which isn’t totally unheard of, as Lady Gaga went at it alone just last year — he assured fans that it will be a halftime show to remember.
“Without giving too much away, we’re doing a few things with this halftime show that they’ve never quite done before,” Timberlake told press. “I’m excited to do that, I always like to push to be able to do something like that. But also, too, I think on a more serious note, it’s a moment where you have the opportunity to bring so many people together through what I think is the greatest art form. That has been the ethos of the inspiration behind putting the set list together and managing the visuals and how it all sort of comes together.”