Justin Timberlake is reportedly on the verge of putting pen to paper on a deal that will see him headline the Super Bowl 2018 halftime show.
According to entertainment website Variety, the former NSYNC singer will take to the stage for the 52nd annual Super Bowl on 4 February 2018.
Timberlake would follow popular performances from the likes of Beyoncé, Katy Perry and Bruno Mars, who have performed at the Super Bowl halftime show in recent years. However, it wouldn’t be Timberlake’s first time on the Super Bowl stage.
The match will mark 14 years since he produced one of the most iconic Super Bowl halftime moments. Back at Super Bowl XXXVIII, he accidentally exposed Janet Jackson in a performance dubbed “Nipplegate”.
However, it isn’t guaranteed that Timberlake will be given the opportunity to upstage that infamous performance.
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Until the NFL confirms that a deal has been agreed with the pop singer, the Justin Timberlake Super Bowl 2018 show is just another rumour.
Super Bowl 2018 halftime show rumours
Justin Timberlake has joined a long list of stars rumoured to be taking to the stage at the Super Bowl, but who else has been linked with the headliner role?
Having made a bit of a comeback in recent years, rumours swirled that the “Princess of Pop” would be headlining this year’s match.
Halftime show host Pepsi has insisted that Britney won’t be the main act. Although, according to Hollywood Life, she could take to the stage as Timberlake’s plus one.
Pop star Taylor Swift is set to play the halftime show at the College Football Playoff National Championship next January. Some think that she could have another American football show in her schedule.
Her new album, Reputation, is set for release in November. The Super Bowl would offer her a huge opportunity to promote her new material, so who knows?
According to Adele, she was approached to headline the Super Bowl LI halftime show last year. However, she turned down NFL organisers as she “can’t dance or anything like that”.
NFL denied her claims, insisting that Lady Gaga was the top choice. However, they did acknowledge that both they and Pepsi are fans of the British star.
It is likely that she is on the shortlist again this year, but they will need to splash out on dance lessons if she is to be convinced.
Kanye West was one of the first artists rumoured to take the Super Bowl LII stage. Rumours spread after his socialite wife Kim Kardashian tweeted #KanyeWestForSuperBowl52” in February.
However, this one seems to be less NFL wanting Kanye, more Kanye wanting NFL.
Kanye’s former rap partner Jay-Z is wanted, according to reports.
According to The Source, Jay-Z was offered the opportunity to perform at next year’s halftime show. However, he won’t follow in his wife’s footsteps after her performances in 2013 and 2016, having turned down the offer.
While unconfirmed, Jay-Z made his decision in light of the criticism directed at players that have chosen to kneel during the national anthem in recent weeks.
Regardless, the halftime show will be as epic as always, whether its Justin and Britney or Jay-Z and Kanye.