Watch: Justin Timberlake Performs ‘Mirrors’ On ‘Wetten, Dass?’

Published: Sunday 24th Feb 2013 by Sam

Not in many years has there been as much hype for a project as there is for Justin Timberlake‘s comeback effort ‘The 20/20 Experience’.

Due in stores on March 19th, the set has already been supported by major promotional slots on the Grammy Awards and the UK’s BRITs. Yet that isn’t stopping the former NSync’er from pressing on with an aggressive push for maximum exposure, with his latest stop being prime-time German show ‘Wetten, Dass?’. 

Watch below as the singer-actor rocks out to ‘Mirrors’….

Though markedly better than the BRIT’s showing of the song, this was still surprisingly bare for a JT performance. Think cereal with no milk.

It’s oh so clear that, in an era where another Justin has the younger audience on lock, Timberlake has opted to cater to a (slightly) older demographic – which, from our vantage point makes a lot of business sense. Indeed, statistics show that in today’s recession ravaged industry the younger crowd are responsible for the bulk of $0.99 single sales, while the older crowd account for most album sales. And with the latter being where the real $$$ are made, it’s smart that JT is working the album more than any one song (see: not just performing lead single ‘Suit & Tie’).

However…

in serving up these conservative performances, it’s as if Justin has forgotten his foundation. He is, before any thing else, a Pop star, a Pop performer. Indeed, both with NSync and during his initial solo run, he was the main purveyor of the “MTV Dance” break – moments in music videos and performances that would truly “wow”. Now, judging by his stage offerings as of late, it’s like he’s going through the motions, while the masses applaud “just because”. And while in no way as tragic as the current predicament of his ex Britney Spears, such behaviour is rooted in a similar flavour of complacency.

With major tours on the horizon, we hope Justin re-embraces what made him special and stops coasting by on hype. Because these toasty dry performances are not the business.

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  1. Lovebird (Beyonce’s Weave) February 24, 2013

    I absolutely love Justin Timberlake but I’m so not feeling this Robin Thicke swagger jacking. I want the original JT back and not Robin Thicke attempts pop, it’s not working for me.

    I’ll be buying the album though.

  2. Lovebird (Beyonce’s Weave) February 24, 2013

    This is some serious b******* from Samantha lol, I can’t…

    “Indeed, statistics show that in today’s recession ravaged industry the younger crowd is responsible for the bulk of $0.99 single sales, while the older crowd account for most album sales.”

    **Checks Taylor Swift’s sales, Checks One Direction’s sales, Checks Justin Bieber’s sales**

    Yep, I smell b*******.

    • JOHNVIDAL February 24, 2013

      It´s not b*******. Those particular ones you mentioned are kid and teen sensations, and parents pay for that (old people)

  3. JOHNVIDAL February 24, 2013

    “Not in many years has there been as much hype for a project”
    Well Sam, Born This Way album in 2011 had 20 times more hype than this one. Just an example. People need to accept Justin is huge but not as much as that, specially worldwide. The biggest hype for an album in the next couple of years will be Adele´s next album. Those are the kind of albums the world waits for

  4. JOHNVIDAL February 24, 2013

    I just want to know if @suicide had an erection watching this performance 🙂
    This man is way sexier now than some years ago. At least now he looks like a man, not a f****** kid with weird facial expressions while singing and that horrendous curly hair. Now this is a man

    • pop Royalty (Rude Boy) February 24, 2013

      Yuck.

    • Suicide Blonde February 24, 2013

      Lol, i almost c**, he’s so damn s***, btw, the shade of his curly hair wasn’t needed, he looked like a moron but still kind of cute.

  5. CHUDDS February 24, 2013

    I am a Justin fan all the way, but I feel like his new material is just….ok. It’s not awesome like I’d expect from a comeback album. However, his grown man swag is s*** as hell! I’m happy that he’s back though. Now, all I need is for Usher to get his s*** together!!!!

    • pop Royalty (Rude Boy) February 24, 2013

      B**** Do Not Insult USHER.

  6. pop Royalty (Rude Boy) February 24, 2013

    I Loved It , Don’t get Why People Act as if he Did horrible , the man was Great and i liked 😀

  7. Suicide Blonde February 24, 2013

    I love the performance, he is doing the right thing, he needs to grow as an artist not just being a dancer, i know y’all want to see him dance but he can’t do the same thing over and over again.

  8. Nika February 24, 2013

    I lime it. Ppl even artist have to grow up. I mean when u have CB dancers out there and ur a Lil older, leave it to me. Think JT found a good lane and stick wit it. I also thinks he s** NOW…

  9. Nika February 24, 2013

    I like it. Ppl even artist have to grow up. I mean when u have CB dancers out there and ur a Lil older, leave it to me. Think JT found a good lane and stick wit it. I also thinks he s** NOW…

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