Teen snaps selfie with Justin Timberlake at Super Bowl

5 February 2018, 04:03

Super Bowl half-time shows have become as famous as the game itself - and one teenager stole the limelight by taking a selfie with superstar Justin Timberlake midway through his performance.

"I got to be on TV with Justin Timberlake - it's crazy," 13-year-old Ryan McKenna told ABC News.

"I kind of just jumped in there. It was crazy. I'm not going to get that opportunity again and I just kind of went for it.

"At first, I tried to get a selfie with him and my phone died, and then it turned back on... and I just got a picture with him.

"It was just so cool. I couldn't even believe it. I was speechless."

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It was Timberlake's first return to the Super Bowl stage since 2004.

The stakes were high as this year's Super Bowl LII in Minnesota between the New England Patriots and the underdogs Philadelphia Eagles was predicted to have attracted more than 110m viewers, while 30-second advert slots in the commercial breaks went for $5m (£3.5m) each.

Luckily, the My Love singer managed to avoid any scandal following his last appearance during which he swiped his hand across Janet Jackson's chest as she performed alongside him, exposing one of her breasts.

Her nipple, covered with a metal nipple shield, was exposed to the US' biggest TV audience, prompting a $550,000 fine for broadcaster CBS for indecency.

Timberlake showed off his dancing skills as he sang his recent single Filthy during what many saw as his comeback.

The former NSync member also sang a medley of his best-known songs, including SexyBack, Senorita, Cry Me A River and Can't Stop The Feeling.

With a towering projection of Prince dancing behind him in the late star's hometown of Minneapolis, the Senorita singer sat down to a white grand piano and sang a cover of I Would Die 4 U.

Fans had feared a tasteless hologram of Prince performing would feature, but Timberlake kept it respectful as he settled into the iconic tune half way through his performance.

The crowd seemed impressed with his cover as they were bathed in purple light and a haze of smoke in tribute to Prince, who died in April 2016 of an accidental overdose.

He previously described Prince as having a "huge influence" on him and voiced "heartfelt words of respect" for The Purple One.

Timberlake's camouflage suit with a shirt sporting two deer did however raise eyebrows with the fashion police.

Despite having famous quarterback Tom Brady in their arsenal the Patriots failed to win their third Super Bowl in four years, handing the Vince Lombardi trophy over to the Eagles who secured a 41-33 win.