Justin Timberlake Reacts to Rumors About Special Guests for Super Bowl LII Halftime Show
By Desiree Murphy
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Justin Timberlake is just three days away from performing his highly anticipated Pepsi Super Bowl Halftime Show.
ET was on site for a pre-Super Bowl LII presser in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Thursday, where Timberlake opened up about how he's feeling before taking America's biggest stage for the third time on Sunday.
"I think I'm just excited," the "Filthy" singer, who celebrated his 37th birthday in rehearsals on Wednesday, exclaimed. "I'm excited to be on this stage once again and at this point in my life. It's just a great opportunity. I feel so grateful every day, this may sound like some sort of pandering, but it's not; it's the truth. I feel so grateful every day to have the opportunity to bring people joy through my favorite to-do, which is to write and perform music, and so to do that on such a grand stage it's a [blessing]."
"We're going to take it seriously," he added. "We want everyone to have a ton of fun. So, that's my main objective with the halftime show."
Although he couldn't give away too many details about what he's got up his sleeve for the 13-minute set, he teased that there will be "a little" bit of "Can't Stop the Feeling," the hit from the Trolls soundtrack, and lots and lots of dancing!
"We're doing a few things with this halftime show that they've never quite done before," he revealed. "I'm excited to do that. I always like to push to be able to do something like that. But on a more serious note ... it's a moment where you have an opportunity to bring so many people together through what I think is the greatest art form, which is music. That has been sort of the ethos of inspiration behind putting the set list together and managing the visuals and how it would all sort of come together."
"And, you know, I like to make dance music," he continued. "So, I hope everyone's dancing."
There's been plenty of speculation on whether Timberlake will bring out any special guests, and if so, who he'll choose. The majority of fans have their fingers crossed for either a Janet Jackson or *NSYNC reunion, but while speaking to the crowd, he shut those rumors down.
"Well, no," he said, when asked about the latter. "To be honest, I had a ton of grand ideas about special guests. Yeah, there's a whole list... I think Vegas has a lot of odds on it, from *NSYNC to JAY-Z to Chris Stapleton to Janet [Jackson]. My band, the Tennessee Kids, I feel like they're my special guests. I'm excited this year just to rock the stage. So, yeah, it's going to be a lot of fun."
As for who Timberlake will be rooting for, the Philadelphia Eagles or New England Patriots, on Sunday?
"I love Tom Brady. There, I said it," he joked. "I have to go on tour in Philadelphia, what are you doing to me?"
"Go, Pack, go," he quickly followed it up, cheering instead for his favorite team, the Green Bay Packers.
As ET previously reported, the singer is taking preparations for the show very seriously. ET has learned that he's been spending an average of eight to 10 hours a day in rehearsals.
Hear more on how he's gearing up for Super Bowl LII in the video below!