That scream you heard this morning was the sound of millions of twenty-somethings realizing the power of never giving up on their dreams: Although unconfirmed, reports say NSYNC will be reuniting at the VMAs Sunday. That’s right, after years and years of Justin Timberlake personally tearing up your heart by refusing a reunion, it appears that all Timberlake was really waiting for was the moment he needed a serious boost of positive publicity. (The second half of his album The 20/20 Experience will be released in September.)
There are a lot of decisions to be made here: The New York Post says “reunion performance,” so it’s not clear if it’s going to be a quick “Bye Bye Bye” chorus while Justin gets his “Michael Jackson Video Vanguard” Award, or if they’re going to fully “Pop”-ify Barclays Center like it’s still 2001. Will the costumes be over-the-top? Will Timberlake don cornrows? Will more or less than three members appear on puppet strings? Will Chris Kirkpatrick crack under the pressure of performing complicated live choreography once again? So many questions!
From a fan perspective, I would hope that if all involved have agreed to finally do this, they do it right, which means giving the world the full (five minutes, minimum!) montage we’ve been waiting 10 years for. Lest you forget: NSYNC’s last televised performance was the 2003 Grammys, and then a charity performance or two a year later. Below, five things the show must include to be the reunion of our collective dreams. READ FULL STORY