Eurovision 2016: Justin Timberlake to make history by performing at this year’s competition

Grammy award winner Justin Timberlake will be the first non-contestant and worldwide star to perform at the Eurovision song contest

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by Francesca Battson |
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At this year’s Eurovision, Justin Timberlake will be singing his newest song Can’t Stop The Feeling, which features on the soundtrack for the animated film Trolls.

Sven Stojanovic, Show Producer of the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest said: “This is a fantastic opportunity, we are very happy and excited that Justin Timberlake will perform his new song together with his band in our show.”

And Swedish songwriters Max Martin and Shellback co-wrote and co-produced the number one hit with Justin, which Sven says makes it “extra special” that the nine-times Grammy Award winner will be performing his new song.

Martin Österdahl, Executive Producer for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest, also commented on the exciting news, saying: “We are proud to welcome one of the world’s greatest artists! It is an honour and an inspiration to all of us.”

And it seems Justin is excited about performing on the Eurovision stage too, as he tweeted “Can’t wait”.

It seems Justin’s fans can’t wait either, with many taking to Twitter to share their excitement:

“I’m so happy,” one expressed.

Another commented: “This is the best news of 2016 so far.”

“OMGGGGG IM SO HAPPY,” another added.

Although some people weren’t so happy about the decision of an American performing at the European song contest:

One commented: “In what alternate US-themed universe is Justin Timberlake performing at Eurovision half-time even remotely acceptable?!”

“Eurovision was the one thing Americans was not invited and now they ruined this too,” another added.

Check out Justin’s new song and see the brilliant video here:

Justin will be performing as an interval act in the Grand Final, which will be broadcast live on BBC Saturday 14 May at 8pm.

What do you think of Justin Timberlake performing at this year’s Eurovision?

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