I don’t get starstruck. I’ve worked in entertainment long enough, interviewed enough people, that it isn’t really a thing for me anymore. Justin Timberlake is apparently the exception. Just watching him in his new Netflix special Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids was enough to make me squeal at my television.
Timberlake is magnetic. He has that star quality, that charisma that draws you in and doesn’t let you go for the entire hour-and-a-half ride that is Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids. With the help of his greatest hits, some glitzy lighting and a few smooth moves, Timberlake has me ready to drop whatever kind of cash I must to see him next time he’s in concert.
Oh, and let’s not forget. Timberlake doesn’t just excel in using his voice as an instrument. He can also play a host of instruments as well. And he does. Every chance he gets during his concert special, he’s playing away with his band, making me swoon.
I guess that makes this special a success.
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But it’s deeper than that. Timberlake has heart and passion. Despite being in the entertainment industry for decades, it’s easy to read the love he has for music and performance art. He is a master of his craft, but that doesn’t stop him from playing and having fun.
He’s constantly flashing his signature cheeky grin at the cameras along the way. He’s looking over his shoulder at his band with a toothy smile on his face. He’s busting out a move or two just because he feels it.
Like he said at the beginning of the show to his Tennessee Kids, “Look to your left, look to your right — that’s who this show is for.” Well, Timberlake is front and center on that stage. There’s no one next to him most of the time, which means he isn’t performing for anyone but himself. The rest of us are just lucky to witness whatever piece of it we can.
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