Justin Timberlake’s Super Bowl halftime show was a huge success, showing off the many reasons why he is so adored, suggests Jonathan Bernstein of The Telegraph. His performance offered something for everyone, from fans that have closely followed him, to casual music-listeners. It was a celebration of his long music career, showing off greats like “Cry Me A River” or “Can’t Stop This Feeling!” From the various background- and co-performers that Timberlake used, to the transition from boy band songs to grand pop hits, the audience saw how far he has truly come as a performer and as a person. His halftime show was truly great.
During his halftime performance, Justin Timberlake did all the basics right, but that was just about it, infers Dominic Patten of Deadline. There was a social media backlash after rumors emerged that a Prince hologram would be featured at the event. Denying that this would be the case and then still using a projection of him felt half-baked. The show did little to be extraordinary. In fact, even referencing Prince just highlighted how much better his Super Bowl show was than Timberlake’s. The nice dance choreographies ripped the focus away from the good music. All in all, this halftime show just didn’t live up to the hype that Timberlake himself created.