[Blind Gossip] They are trying to keep this under wraps, so there’s a bit of a misinformation campaign going on.
There is going to be a big event in the next few weeks. There is supposedly going to be a surprise guest/s performing.
They are doing regular rehearsals at [one location], and second “secret” rehearsals at another location. They want this to be kept this quiet up until the last minute.
We don’t know the identity of the surprise guest/s. However, the main party involved has lied before about their little surprises, so you should simply roll your eyes at all the denials that are currently happening, and enjoy the performance when it does happen!
Similar: She Sounded Fine At Rehearsal
[Optional] Will you be watching?
Event: Super Bowl
Main Performer: Justin Timberlake
Secret Guest/s: Prince
It turns out that the secret guest wasn’t going to be a live person at all!
Justin Timberlake was hoping to perform side by side… with a hologram of Prince!
The iconic “Purple Rain” singer and performer was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota, the location of the Super Bowl.
The secondary location we discussed was a space that was set up to practice the technical projection and Timberlake’s interaction with the hologram.
They wound up scrapping the idea before the Super Bowl.
We don’t know if the technical challenges – or the challenges from Prince’s friends and family – caused producers to scrap the plan, but the end result was a more subdued and less technical performance. Justin Timberlake sat at a piano and sang “I Would Die 4 U” while a video of Prince played on a giant sheet behind him.
From CBS Sports:
2018 Super Bowl: Justin Timberlake scraps Prince hologram for halftime show
After drawing fire for the initial decision, Timberlake is reportedly no longer using a Prince hologram
It’s time to see what Justin Timberlake has planned for halftime. One thing we know now is that it won’t involve a hologram.
Over the weekend, rumors popped up about Timberlake wanting to bust out a hologram of the Purple One during his Super Bowl LII halftime show. It was going to be part of a tribute to Prince and his many connections to Minneapolis, Minnesota and the Vikings.
But according to longtime Prince pal Sheila E., she spoke to Timberlake on Saturday night and confirmed there will be no hologram during the halftime show.
The goal of the hologram, apparently, was to try and honor Prince. But Prince, in an old 1998 interview with Guitar World, said playing with a hologram of a deceased musician would be “the most demonic imaginable.”
“That’s the most demonic thing imaginable,” Prince said at the time. “Everything is as it is, and it should be. If I was meant to jam with Duke Ellington, we would have lived in the same age. That whole virtual reality thing … it really is demonic. And I am not a demon. Also, what they did with that Beatles song [‘Free As a Bird’], manipulating John Lennon’s voice to have him singing from across the grave … that’ll never happen to me. To prevent that kind of thing from happening is another reason why I want artistic control.”
Busting out a hologram of Prince at the Super Bowl in Minnesota this soon after Prince died would NOT sit well with the wishes of the music legend.
Sheila E is Prince’s former fiancée, friend and longtime collaborator.
No one got this one correctly, likely because you were all thinking of a live performer like Janet Jackson or NSYNC. Next time!