'NSync Reunion at the 2013 VMAs: Hit or Miss?

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2013 MTV Video Music Awards - ShowGiven that it’s been a decade since ’NSync last appeared together on TV, anything could’ve happened — or gone wrong — at Sunday night’s reunion of Justin Timberlake and his former (and formerly boyish) boy band.

Yet couldn’t you just hear the “Sexyback” singer — the recipient of this year’s Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award — saying, “We will not make fools of ourselves – this I promise you”?

But what about you? Did you feel cheated by the relatively short time they appeared on stage? Or does a little ‘NSync go a long way?

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Comments (122)

  • I only gave it a C because it was WAY too short! Loved it Needed so much more!

    Comment by Azrielen – August 25, 2013 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes it was too short.. when JT started singing Suit & Tie I was like That’s all? I felt bummed

      Comment by Xime – August 25, 2013 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yeah it felt like a fake out. Oh you think Nsync is gonna perform…..? nope here’s more Justin.

        Comment by Rook – August 25, 2013 09:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • Ya, I found it funny, it was like he just brought them out to say BYE, BYE, BYE to them and then back to me now everybody. hahah

          Comment by Emma – August 26, 2013 08:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was hoping the rest of NSYNC would stick around and be his backup singers for Suit and Tie at least! I mean, they were wearing suits!

        Comment by Azrielen – August 26, 2013 04:58 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I completely agree… and Lance missed a step there at some point. I think they should have made it longer, but then again it would have been too much of a tease since they aren’t actually getting back together. I can understand that whoever designed the performance didn’t want to steal much of the spotlight away from JT.

      Honest words from a true…….
      - BSB Fan.

      Comment by JJM – August 26, 2013 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was awkward as hell.

    Comment by Dan – August 25, 2013 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Agree. If I remember correctly, I never much cared for Justin Timberlake’s voice. Still don’t. In N’Sync, JC Chasez voice always sounded the “strongest”. Justin’s voice is stuck at a whiny pitch. Might explain why it was just that one song because the more songs they sing from their past, the more apparent how weak Justin’s vocals are compared to JC Chasez’s.

      Comment by O-Town – August 26, 2013 01:11 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • We needed more N’Sync! I love JT and all, but we needed more of the group!!

    Comment by mckryan – August 25, 2013 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Joey Fat One’s heart couldn’t take more than 60 seconds.

    Comment by Greg – August 25, 2013 07:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Joey was great! All the guys were so why are you being so mean? Joey isn’t skinny but he looked good! Women don’t like skinny men! We like a man who feels as though he can protect us when he’s holding us!

      Comment by Tracy – August 26, 2013 05:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was SUPER AWESOME but needed to be at least 1 min longer. I felt so bad for them when they were lowered back into what I can only assume is their frozen slumber until the next reunion.

    Comment by Christy – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • LMAO I love your comment!

      Comment by ZmaX – August 25, 2013 11:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Justin was great, but Nsync was onstage for a minute. I was disappointed. Less Suit and Tie, more Bye Bye Bye!

    Comment by Hannah – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish it’d been longer, but I’m just so happy that it’s something that happened. Still, that entire performance, love or hate him, was absolutely fantastic and will go down as one of the best in the history of the show.

    Comment by Ashley – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree that it was too short. Also agree that Justin’s performance was absolutely fantastic. No one came close for me tonight. Those newer boy bands hope to have half the success Justin has had. So kudos to him.

      Comment by Eliza – August 25, 2013 08:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I would have liked to hear a couple more songs or, alternatively, one full song. But hey, they were together!

    Comment by aa – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That sucked hard, that wasnt NSync that was just the JT pimping show while the other band members make a lame appearance. I give it a D, man these VMAs are terrible.

    Comment by Jules – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • It was the same with Beyonce and Destiny’s Child at the Superbowl. Either they don’t have enough time to prepare full medley’s because of the whole surprise factor or the “stars” just don’t want to give up that much of their air time. Considering how badly the secret was kept for NSync showing up, they might as well have just admitted they were doing it and really practiced and gotten a better medley prepared.

      Comment by jestsaying – August 26, 2013 07:57 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I was going to say the same thing. Beyonce gave Kelly & Michelle more time than Justin gave the rest of NSync, but both were still a disappointment. They should remember that without those roots, they’d never have grown into the solo stars they are now. Give them at least 1 full song.

        Comment by Mikael – August 26, 2013 09:36 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree. JT needs to remember that if it wasn’t for *N’SYNC he wouldn’t be where he is today. It was nice of him to include them in his thank you speech, but if he really wanted to thank them he should’ve given them the stage time they deserved & done at least one full song with them instead of a short chorus from “Girlfriend” & “Bye Bye Bye”. And if he thinks he’s to good to do a full reunion album or tour with them then he needs his head set on straight. Doesn’t he realize how much his solo record sales would rise if he did a *N’SYNC album/reunion. All in all I have to give it a C cause it was great seeing them together to perform the brief period of time, but give your fans what they really want JT……more *N’SYNC. Remember most of your current fans followed you from *N’SYNC.

          Comment by trace – August 26, 2013 10:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too short :/

    Comment by Mare – August 25, 2013 07:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way too short, and I wanted my Dirty Pop!

    Comment by Brandy – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • YES! Dirty Pop would have been great.

      Comment by Denise – August 25, 2013 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Justin needed to do less of his solo stuff and have a longer Nsync set. But the reunion was still awesome

    Comment by Jen – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I NEED MORE NSYNC. Not NEARLY enough.

    Comment by Samantha – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • just not nearly long enough

    Comment by Courtney – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Considering it was said about 5 years ago that we’d NEVER see an *NSYNC reunion, albeit short-lived, I’d have to say a little goes a LONG way!!

    Comment by Stevie – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Way too short

    Comment by ashley – August 25, 2013 07:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Best moment in a very loooooong time!!

    Comment by P – August 25, 2013 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I loved it! But so could (should) have been longer!

    Comment by Amber – August 25, 2013 07:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • He didnt seen happy to do it. I was not a fan of Nsync, so i didn’t care for it

    Comment by h – August 25, 2013 07:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Liked NSync but Justin Timberlake`s ego is officially out of control. Seriously, that was embarrassing.

    Comment by sara – August 25, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree and I really like a lot of Justins songs and people are loving Justins performance last night but for me it was mostly dancing and not much singing going on! Also would have loved more NSync! I think people think JT’s performance was the best of last night because the whole show was a mess and terrible…….

      Comment by K. – August 26, 2013 06:01 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’m glad I’m not the only one who thinks so. I can’t even gripe about him around certain people because all I hear is how great they think he is. Seriously, I should be able to voice my opinion. All I hear is “I know you don’t like him but…blah, blah, blah”

      Comment by jenferner8 – August 26, 2013 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • far too short, but amazing…my 15 year old self came out today, and probably scared my husband lol.

    Comment by nams – August 25, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To be quite honest? I was looking so forward to this but it became pretty apparent within 10 seconds they can’t keep up with him these days. It’s just reality. They don’t still do it.

    Comment by Matt – August 25, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Given that they haven’t all been performing (together or as solos) for the last several years while JT has been, of course they would not all be quite up to par – especially since this was probably something that only came together in the last week as news was leaking that they might reunite. If they had more time to prepare, I think it would’ve been a different story in that respect. Still, it was the highlight of the show even if it only lasted a minute or so. I agree with others here that there should’ve been more ‘NSYNC and a little less solo JT (it began to feel like a JT concert that happened to also be the VMA’s and not the VMA’s with a JT performance) but I guess something is better than nothing.

      Comment by Tess – August 25, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I LOVED it. But I wish it was longer. Them singing together is a thing again, right? Because I need more of this in my life…

    Comment by Babybop – August 25, 2013 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That was absolutely awesome. I wish was the lighting was better but all in all NSYNC was the highlight.

    Comment by floacist – August 25, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I would also say the sound as well. Could barely hear JC on his part. Happy for NSYNC fans because I know you never expected it would happen.

      Comment by Jenny – August 25, 2013 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I gave it an A but it was too short!

    Comment by Christy – August 25, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • So short, it might as well not have even happened. What a tease. -_-

    Comment by Thea – August 25, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Wow for nsync

    Comment by nickp91 – August 25, 2013 07:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love love love love Nsync so of course I would have liked to see more of them together, but I’ll take what I can get. This just gives me hope that a full blown reunion isn’t ruled out.

    I loved it!!!

    Comment by Gina – August 25, 2013 07:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TOO SHORT!!! They might as well not have appeared. I spent most of JT’s performance anticipating “NSYNC and the rest of it disappointed that they were on for only a second. I LOVE Justin, but if you are going to bring the rest of the guys on, show them all the respect they deserve.

    Comment by Alexandra – August 25, 2013 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It just ended up being JT with four backup dancers. What’s new? What was the point really? You could barely even see their faces.

    Comment by Dave – August 25, 2013 07:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • The whole set was pretty dark, you couldn’t really see anyone. It was still great. So they mainly sang the bridge and chorus. It wasn’t an NSYNC tribute, so they couldn’t go full out.

      Comment by floacist – August 25, 2013 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • TOOOO SHORT

    Comment by TheFactsR – August 25, 2013 07:29 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Was it too short… Yeah, HOWEVER, it was 10 yrs since they’ve been on stage together. I will take it and run with it

    Comment by Debbie Schechter – August 25, 2013 07:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wanted a WHOLE 4min song, it was, like not much :-(

    Comment by Christine – August 25, 2013 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Chris Kirkpatrick will be just in time to make it back to Denny’s for his midnight shift.

    Comment by Bin – August 25, 2013 07:32 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Any NSYNC is better than no NSYNC!!!

    Comment by KSM – August 25, 2013 07:33 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • awesome wanted longer but so happy!!

    Comment by Janet Gorman – August 25, 2013 07:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • That’s was rough. The whole thing. JT could have shaved a song or two off his for the rest of the group. Like he said, half your moon men were won with nsync. Get it together. I always thought that jt has an ego to me this proved it. What in the world was that? Nsync only on stage for maybe 45 seconds, couldn’t hear them, justin was front and center the whole time. That was pitiful. All this build up, for that???

    Comment by What – August 25, 2013 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Too short!!!!!!!

    Comment by KittyJules – August 25, 2013 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That’s what she said!

      Comment by John – August 25, 2013 11:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Considering it took this long to even get a solid rumor of a reunion, I’ll take whatever I could get. And it was glorious.

    Comment by Amber – August 25, 2013 07:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was far too short. Destiny’s Child did it right at the Superbowl by being on stage for more than 30 seconds. JT’s performance was phenomenal though. None of the other performers to follow are not going to even come close to that. JT is a truly spectacular ARTIST.

    Comment by Jillian – August 25, 2013 08:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If it had somehow been kept a surprise, I think it would have been totally satisfying… but having a whole week to get excited about it caused it to be a major disappointment…

    On a total side note… Ivan from SYTYCD S2 was one of his dancers!!! YEAH

    Comment by DreamRose311 – August 25, 2013 08:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You caught that too!?!? I was so happy and excited for Ivan, that was all he wanted in season 2, was to be a dancer with Justin.. So glad his dream is a reality for him and seeing him again was great!

      Comment by Nunaya_Bidness – August 25, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Absolutely!! Ever since I became hooked I always scan backup dancers for familiar faces :o) I get so giddy every time I recognize one

        Comment by DreamRose311 – August 25, 2013 09:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I do the same…my husband thinks I’m crazy! So excited to see Ivan!

          Comment by Aprilcot – August 26, 2013 05:54 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I thought that was Ivan! Good for him! so happy he’s making it!

      Comment by Faith – August 30, 2013 08:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Amazing but WAYYYYYYYYY too short, and the sound was terrible. I had to turn the sounds up just to hear it ok, now I’m deaf.

    Comment by Rachel – August 25, 2013 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • 2 and a half hours of recording for a 1 minute reunion. I feel cheated. The Destiny’s Child Super Bowl reunion and Spice Girls Olympic reunion were way better.

    Comment by Elizabeth – August 25, 2013 08:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t like Beyonce, but at least she gave her bandmates a decent showing at the Super Bowl. Justin is such an egomaniac. I felt sorry for the other guys.

    But whatever. I love NSync, so I’ll take what I can get.

    Comment by andjuliesaid – August 25, 2013 08:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Partly through the performance, I realized what was going on – Justin Timberlake was working backwards through his history of songs. And when he got to his N’sync days, I knew the reunion would come. As his segment went on, and on, and on, and on and on, and still no N’sync, I realized that if they appeared it would only be for a minute.

    And appear they did – their voices muted into the background as Justin Timberlake retained his front and center position. They were clearly pissed about their short time on stage and their back-up singer status, and he was clearly just using them as bit players to tell his onstage biography.

    It was pretty ridiculous. My primary reaction at the end was that I’d never realized how egotistical Justin Timberlake was.

    Comment by A. L. – August 25, 2013 08:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Totally agree!

      Comment by Crystal – August 25, 2013 09:07 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You read my mind…. I felt that it was so unfair that they performed such a little time together

      Comment by Xime – August 25, 2013 09:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I don’t get why everyone is upset that the N’Sync reunion only lasted for a minute or so. This award wasn’t about N’Sync, it was about Justin Timberlake. He didn’t get the award because he was in a band ten years ago and they were only recognizing their work. This wasn’t about N’Sync, this was about him so of course they were only on the stage for a minute or so. Yes. If he would of never joined the band N’Sync then he wouldn’t have became the solo artist he is now. And yes, I think they deserved recognition for being a part of his success. But JUSTIN was the one that released Justified. JUSTIN is the one that writes his songs and does his videos. Justin’s work was being recognized tonight. Not N’Sync. So it makes sense to me that they would have a small moment when the reward was really just recognizing Justin Timberlake’s career. If it was recognizing all five of the band members then all five of them would have gotten a reward. I don’t think it was Justin’s ego that got in the way, I think it was the fact that it wasn’t really about them, but about him so they focused on JT instead of N’Sync. What was everyone expecting?

    Comment by TayMads – August 25, 2013 08:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Well yes it was Justin’s award but if he wanted to remember his Nsync days, he should do it longer. Think about it, if NSnyc didn’t exist he probably wouldn’t be the huge star he is now….

      Comment by Xime – August 25, 2013 09:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes true, but they could have sung the whole of bye bye bye…. if not for Nsync he would not have got that award…. he probably wouldn’t be such a huge star without them. Plus they made such a a HUGE deal out of the Nsync reunion and to only have them on stage for a few mins is just pointless really, should have been on for way longer or at least over 5 mins.

      Comment by Loz – August 25, 2013 09:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes and I understand that and even agree that it is because of N’Sync that he is Justin Timberlake but I personally believe that the reunion wasn’t planned at all until the rumors began and then at the last minute they added in the N’Sync reunion for the fans. I think this was truly for the fans and not because N’Sync themselves wanted it to happen. I think Justin Timberlake is appreciative for his N’Sync days but I also think he recognizes that those days are over and that he is past that now. I think everyone needs to realize that N’Sync is over and as much as the fans want a reunion tour, it will probably never happen.

      Comment by TayMads – August 25, 2013 09:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I didn’t know that Justin was getting any sort of award. What came out was that NSYNC was reuniting, and Justin Timberlake is NOT the same as NSYNC. Justin has had a decent career since NSYNC, but the Internet and Twitter were absolutely exploding in the hours up to the VMAs, and it wasn’t because Justin was getting some award.

      I think most people try to understand the passage of time and that people want to do other things. Life goes on. However, i think personalities get themselves in trouble when they try to pretend that they were never part of a phenomenon. I have no idea what any of the guys really think about their days in NSYNC. Privately, they may hate the fact that they ever worked together at all. Or they may have thought each day was fabulous. Regardless of what they thought, though, those days happened, and they can’t pretend they didn’t.

      I wish that aging pop stars would figure out that nostalgia is a big thing. Doesn’t mean that we all expect to be 15 years old again. I’m much more of the New Kids generation. I was even old for NSYNC when they were actually NSYNC. New Kids was never my thing, but situations like last night really make me respect Donnie Wahlberg. He still goes out on tour with New Kids when he’s on hiatus from Blue Bloods. I have no idea how he sounds now, but I guarantee you that he probably makes someone’s day when he performs because they want to feel nostalgic for a few hours. Even if the guys of NSYNC can’t stand each other’s guts anymore, MTV and they themselves could have created quite a moment if they just could have gotten everyone on the same page for ONE full song. Then everyone could have gone back to whatever his aspirations might be. Missed opportunity…which perhaps one day they will understand when they feel nostalgic about something.

      Comment by Andrea – August 26, 2013 07:50 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • FYI – NKOTB still sounds great!! The NKOTBSB and Package Tours were incredible and I felt very nostalgic during those concerts. Completely agree with your comments regarding NSYNC.

        Comment by Shannon – August 26, 2013 09:35 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I agree Shannon. I went to NKOTBSB and then The Package Tour and I was really impressed. The vocals were amazing, and they put on great shows!

          Comment by bb – August 26, 2013 09:48 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Justin is OVERRATED.

      Comment by jenferner8 – August 26, 2013 01:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I understand It was JT’s award and performance, but think he stole too much of the spotlight even with NSync I could barley even hear anyone’s voice but JT! I felt extremely bad that the other Nsyncers didn’t get to enjoy being back in the spotlight!

    Comment by Crystal – August 25, 2013 09:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Timberlake WAY overrated. FYI-Justin, “letting” N’sync “perform” between your songs does not a reunio make. Think I saw more of Taylor Swift during that “reunion”.

    Comment by jenferner8 – August 25, 2013 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was toooooo short! Come on guys! I know it was JT award but the fans wanted (and still want) more Nsync

    Comment by Xime – August 25, 2013 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • There was almost no point to it…. they could have at least sang the WHOLE of bye bye bye…… but I did enjoy it.

    Comment by Loz – August 25, 2013 09:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I have to thank Ausiello—because I immediately went and deleted the unwatched VMAs from my DVR after viewing this clip. I agree that there was barely a point to it. I didn’t mind the sound. The guys sounded fine to me, but it was absurdly short and did not live up to the hype at all. I feel like everyone who was excited fell for a huge publicity stunt. Shame on me.

      Comment by Andrea – August 26, 2013 06:14 AM PDT  Reply To This Post

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