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

Valentine's Day Disney Logo Drama BET Reality Comedy Music Premiere Dates IFC Films award winner medical drama Trivia DirecTV thriller cinemax Sundance Now Superheroe Reality Competition police drama ABC Family ABC Dark Horse Comics 45 TCA 2017 GIFs psycho VICE Teen Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt See It Skip It Animation American Society of Cinematographers Year in Review FXX Spring TV Schedule Toys science fiction Lionsgate Comics on TV ESPN social media CMT SundanceTV Showtime Quiz sitcom Star Wars Chilling Adventures of Sabrina crime NYCC Countdown Song of Ice and Fire NBC Biopics TV Land Shondaland blaxploitation Western Infographic cops television National Geographic Certified Fresh docudrama binge Mindy Kaling Sci-Fi cults Superheroes PaleyFest Grammys zombie Horror The CW 2015 Adult Swim Nickelodeon historical drama AMC Sneak Peek Columbia Pictures facebook Syfy Comic Book cooking Universal 2019 BBC America Trailer Pop Red Carpet MTV Food Network Cosplay festivals Ellie Kemper YouTube Red Tomatazos CW Seed Starz Amazon IFC Video Games LGBTQ ratings Interview Lucasfilm supernatural HBO singing competition political drama President Trophy Talk VH1 war Awards Tour Watching Series BBC FOX OWN Crackle Ovation Paramount Tumblr Fox News SXSW mutant DC Comics Rock composers Comedy Central serial killer doctor who Britbox streaming E! Emmys technology dc Action 20th Century Fox CNN Sundance finale TNT robots Calendar USA Network ITV period drama TCM Paramount Network crossover Mary Tyler Moore E3 diversity FX comic miniseries Esquire Country Box Office 2016 Musicals romance A&E dceu Pixar biography USA TIFF TCA Nominations Fall TV Nat Geo comiccon Epix Lifetime DC streaming service Holidays Freeform crime thriller talk show Rocky unscripted WGN Bravo TLC Marathons X-Men Walt Disney Pictures El Rey 007 Creative Arts Emmys boxoffice History Best and Worst Election Ghostbusters Marvel Hulu Super Bowl Musical Photos Disney Channel Mary poppins Pirates hist Writers Guild of America Acorn TV golden globes anime Winter TV APB Winners zombies Mystery crime drama Extras Set visit 2017 aliens cats San Diego Comic-Con Martial Arts Cartoon Network DC Universe CBS discovery GoT TV Opinion justice league Awards Netflix Star Trek Masterpiece Black Mirror spider-man Thanksgiving spy thriller Fantasy based on movie Character Guide MSNBC Spike YA adventure CBS All Access Christmas 2018 Polls and Games Oscars Summer TruTV Kids & Family New York Comic Con Sony Pictures vampires Mary Poppins Returns sports green book transformers travel what to watch Rom-Com The Arrangement GLAAD jamie lee curtis politics PBS 24 frames TBS Shudder Warner Bros. SDCC harry potter RT History Apple dramedy First Look Podcast 21st Century Fox YouTube Premium