Justin Timberlake is only too happy to sing, dance and act with millions looking on. What scares him is singing the national anthem (and with good reason).
JT revealed his vocal talents were nurtured in the church. “For all you aspiring singers, it’s the only place, the best place, to start,” he explained. “Old Rugged Cross,” we’re told, is a good hymn to warm up with. The national anthem is the toughest. So, naturally, Colbert coaxed his guest into facing his fears as the pair harmonized on “The Star-Spangled Banner.”
Timberlake, apparently surprised by his own efforts, qualified his earlier comments. “You know that church is the best place to sing because you can go up there and completely botch anything and then at the end everyone says, ‘Amen.'” Watch below at the 4:40 mark.
Colbert also probed Timberlake about his upcoming performance at the 2018 Super Bowl Halftime Show. Only folks with a terrible memory wouldn’t recall Timberlake’s performance with Janet Jackson at the Super Bowl in 2004, which ended in a “wardrobe malfunction” and a hefty fine from the Federal Communications Commission.
So, anything special planned for the big show next year, asked the host? After a pregnant pause, and some spaced-out looks, Timberlake went with the straight answer: “It’ll be a great show.”
The pair also got super deep in the latest edition of Colbert’s “Big Questions With Bigger Stars” segment, where JT repeatedly boasted about his singing, dancing, acting —especially voice-acting — talents.
This story first appeared on Billboard.com.