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Super Bowl XLVII: Why Justin Timberlake could surprise us at the halftime show

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When Super Bowl XLVII hits the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3, we know for sure that Beyoncé will be the one to energize us when it comes to the football game’s halftime show.

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However, although rumours have been swirling that her Destiny’s Child counterparts Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland could join her during her set, what if these rumours were started simply to divert our attention?

What if there is another mystery artist waiting in the wings to make his return to the stage on Super Bowl Sunday?

It was announced last week that Justin Timberlake would perform for the first time in four years at DirecTV’s “Super Saturday Night” charity event, benefiting Shriners Hospital for Children, and this news got us thinking.

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The revelation fits the pattern of another artist who performed for DirecTV and then on stage during the halftime show, only adding to other signs that we believe point to the 32-year-old singer surprising us this weekend.

In 2011, Usher took the stage at the DirecTV Mark Cuban HDNet Exclusive Super Bowl Party and then subsequently joined the Black Eyed Peas during their halftime show spectacular.

The next sign pointing towards Timberlake possibly taking the halftime stage this Sunday is the connection he already has to Beyoncé: Bey is working on her new album and her husband Jay-Z appears on Timberlake's new track “Suit & Tie.”

The two also collaborated on Timberlake’s “FutureSex/LoveSounds” album track “Until The End of Time,” so we know that their relationship extends at least as far back as 2006.

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Another new revelation that could be related to a possible appearance during the halftime show is that Jay-Z stated yesterday that he has signed Timberlake’s producer Timbaland to his Roc Nation label and the timing for the announcement seems a little suspicious.

What could be cooler than if Beyoncé, Jay-Z, Timberlake and Timbaland all performed together?

Lastly, you’ll never get a bigger opportunity to make your live television return to music than during a Super Bowl halftime show and we think that this event is just too good an occasion for Timberlake to pass up and not take advantage of.

After all, right now his new single “Suit & Tie” needs some promotion and so does his new album “The 20/20 Experience,” which is comes out March 19.

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Also, prior to his announcement that he would perform during DirecTV’s “Super Saturday Night,” the musician tweeted, “This is gonna be a GREAT Super Bowl! 49ers/Ravens?? Can't wait! i'm booking my flight to New Orleans right now!”

He also wrote, “Oh wait... I don't have tickets. Dammit! Anybody know anybody?? LOL!”

Even though it hasn’t been reported or confirmed, we think that Timberlake is a great candidate for a surprise guest during Beyoncé’s halftime show and we can’t wait to see what will happen on Sunday.

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