News

Super Bowl LII Highs and Lows: Justin Timberlake, Halftime Fashion, Pink, Prince, the Ad Blackout, and More

From Pink's national anthem to a purple Prince tribute, here are the best and the worst moments of the 2018 Eagles-Patriots Super Bowl.

by | February 4, 2018 | Comments

Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

Super Bowl LII was a battle of the Northeastern football teams: five-time Super Bowl winners the New England Patriots versus the never–before–Super Bowl champions the Philadelphia Eagles. While the underdog Eagles took the win 41–33 in a close game, here’s what else happened on Super Bowl Sunday — besides, you know, football.


Highlight: Pink Crushes the National Anthem — While Sick!

Philly’s own Pink performed the “Star Spangled Banner” like a pro, earning comparisons to Whitney Houston’s legendary rendition — a feat that is even more impressive when you learn that she has been suffering from the flu. (You might’ve caught her pop a cough drop out of her mouth before she started singing.)

An honorable mention goes to Hamilton star Leslie Odom Jr.’s rendition of “America the Beautiful,” which also earned accolades from Twitter.


Lowlight: Justin Timberlake’s Plaid and Camouflage Suit

Before heading out to the field for his halftime show, Justin Timberlake posted a photo that showed off his bizarre, mixed-pattern outfit. If you zoom in closely, you’ll notice that the suit he wore was both plaid AND camo, a feat that didn’t seem possible just moments before. (Turns out it was a custom Stella McCartney Menswear piece.)


Highlight: The Ad Blackout

In the second quarter, many viewers saw their televisions cut from the game not to a commercial, but to dead air. Considering Super Bowl commercials cost millions of dollars for just 30 seconds of air time, the lengthy blackout was very costly. The bright side: It brought out the best in Twitter comedians.


Highlight or Lowlight? Justin Timberlake’s Maybe-Lackluster Halftime Show

Justin Timberlake performs onstage during the Pepsi Super Bowl LII Halftime Show at U.S. Bank Stadium on February 4, 2018 (Christopher Polk/Getty Images)

Plenty of people were pleased with Justin Timberlake’s upbeat halftime show, filled with some of his biggest hits (“Sexyback,” “Senorita,” “Mirrors,” and “Rock Your Body,” which he famously performed with Janet Jackson in the 2004 halftime show, leading to “Nipplegate”) along with his new single, “Filthy,” from the just-released Man of the Woods album.

But other people were not too impressed with the performance, which was definitely dance-heavy and suffered from sound issues.


Highlight or Lowlight? The Prince Tribute

Over the weekend, headlines accused JT of trying to bring out a hologram of Prince during the halftime performance in the Purple One’s hometown of Minneapolis. But it turns out that Timberlake’s tribute wasn’t a hologram after all, but rather a projection of the late singer (on what looked like a white bedsheet). Twitter seemed mixed about the prospect, though most people were thrilled by the Mineappolis skyline lit up in purple with Prince’s symbol.

Share your thoughts on the Super Bowl in the comments below. What were your favorite and least favorite parts? If it was one of the many film and TV trailers that dropped, vote up your favorite here.

Tag Cloud

Anna Paquin Premiere Dates Masterpiece 2016 Pet Sematary christmas movies Television Academy foreign ratings singing competition Spike Nominations Nat Geo Super Bowl 24 frames binge IFC Films diversity mutant nature Brie Larson 007 green book award winner Starz Binge Guide jamie lee curtis Avengers thriller cancelled TV shows Podcast E3 Animation Creative Arts Emmys Sony Pictures comiccon animated free movies TNT screen actors guild slashers TIFF PaleyFest discovery Certified Fresh festivals GLAAD Year in Review Esquire boxoffice Marvel Television Interview blaxploitation political drama Extras Disney SDCC 2018 Shondaland revenge supernatural casting biography technology streaming WarnerMedia USA Character Guide Marathons tv talk Apple TV Plus versus cartoon psycho Holiday FX History 21st Century Fox E! sitcom TruTV Mindy Kaling Vudu romantic comedy Schedule Universal TV renewals police drama National Geographic Musicals latino TCM Rocketman hispanic richard e. Grant stand-up comedy MTV Acorn TV Spectrum Originals 2019 cinemax Star Trek breaking bad WGN dc Pixar 2015 Adult Swim Star Wars Trailer ITV TV Land Netflix Christmas movies The Purge disaster Polls and Games quibi Drama LGBT ABC Family Shudder Freeform canceled TV shows Paramount Network Mystery Music SXSW Rom-Com toy story strong female leads CBS Sundance miniseries unscripted El Rey television Epix Summer Tubi Chilling Adventures of Sabrina CBS All Access justice league cults mockumentary Heroines crime thriller Country Apple TV+ Comics on TV Trophy Talk 2017 zombies war game of thrones Captain marvel APB spanish language Spring TV TCA Winter 2020 20th Century Fox Video Games HBO south america Emmy Nominations elevated horror Fantasy Mudbound TBS Lionsgate transformers Ovation Nickelodeon what to watch reboot rotten movies we love cats ABC sag awards New York Comic Con Pride Month documentary 71st Emmy Awards TCA A&E dceu Photos NYCC Western spain crossover golden globes Elton John children's TV BBC The CW Walt Disney Pictures ghosts series GoT Pop TLC zombie Warner Bros. Tarantino theme song Election halloween Watching Series cancelled TV series canceled werewolf Valentine's Day screenings social media vampires Thanksgiving cooking Sundance Now Hallmark Best and Worst cancelled television Martial Arts AMC batman kids See It Skip It zero dark thirty Set visit sports Ellie Kemper harry potter Sundance TV DC streaming service Calendar First Reviews comic Cannes Mary poppins Baby Yoda Columbia Pictures Arrowverse crime romance Comic Book Women's History Month Family Apple DC Universe Disney Plus adventure NBC Cosplay Amazon Prime Video Box Office docudrama medical drama Writers Guild of America 2020 YouTube Premium politics President Hulu Tomatazos Quiz Fox News cops X-Men Fall TV science fiction Sci-Fi indie Rock IFC Black Mirror MCU Crunchyroll The Witch HBO Max Showtime LGBTQ Marvel video spider-man Turner Classic Movies YA Lucasfilm period drama RT History OneApp historical drama CMT Paramount Comedy Central Chernobyl VICE BET anthology Holidays crime drama Musical DGA Horror YouTube comics USA Network aliens cars Lifetime Christmas movies Reality Competition Action TV VH1 Film Sneak Peek SundanceTV CW Seed A24 Britbox directors Lifetime Emmys Rocky natural history Opinion Syfy movies Pirates Classic Film Toys Cartoon Network dramedy doctor who facebook Peacock Superheroe Countdown Bravo Superheroes GIFs spinoff RT21 Awards Tour Awards Film Festival Food Network OWN psychological thriller Biopics Dark Horse Comics PBS book dragons Trivia based on movie FOX Discovery Channel CNN Reality anime travel adaptation Oscars Turner Disney streaming service FXX Mary Tyler Moore DirecTV Grammys Winter TV The Walking Dead cancelled Teen DC Comics San Diego Comic-Con First Look TCA 2017 The Arrangement American Society of Cinematographers composers Red Carpet Christmas robots blockbuster Amazon Logo hist Hallmark Christmas movies Netflix Mary Poppins Returns talk show ESPN Amazon Prime renewed TV shows BBC America witnail joker sequel serial killer Infographic Song of Ice and Fire Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Kids & Family teaser true crime game show space 45 name the review spy thriller Disney Channel MSNBC Academy Awards Ghostbusters Endgame Winners finale Comedy YouTube Red Stephen King independent Disney+ Disney Plus Marvel Studios Crackle Tumblr