Published Feb 03, 2018Justin Timberlake's Man of the Woods rollout hasn't gone smoothly for the pop star, but he's reportedly going to get some extra help during his Super Bowl halftime show tomorrow (February 4). According to a report, Timberlake will perform alongside a Prince hologram.
UPDATE (2/4, 12:30 a.m. EST): After reports about the hologram began circulating, Prince's longtime collaborator and associate Sheila E. spoke out to say that Prince would not have supported the idea. She has since posted on Twitter to reveal that she spoke with Timberlake and there will be no hologram. See her tweet below.
Family, I spoke w/Justin 2nite and he shared heartfelt words of respect for Prince & the Purple fans. I look 4wrd 2 seeing what I'm sure is going 2 be a spectacular halftime show. There is no hologram. 🙏🏽💋 pic.twitter.com/mhVXBfBa1B— SheilaEdrummer (@SheilaEdrummer) February 4, 2018
According to TMZ, JT did a few full rehearsals on Thursday (February 1), and he even did a pre-taped performance just in case disaster strikes and he can't perform live on Sunday. Neither Janet Jackson nor *NSYNC are part of the performance, which puts an end to a few rumours.
The significance of Prince's appearance is clear: the Purple One was born in Minneapolis, MN, and the Super Bowl will take place at the city's U.S. Bank Stadium.
Assuming that Prince's holographic performance takes place as reported, this won't be his first Super Bowl appearance. He also performed at Super Bowl XLI in Miami in 2007. Watch that past performance, along with behind-the-scenes documentary footage, below.