Justin Timberlake turns 30, is far more successful than I predicted. When did you get it wrong?
Image Credit: Steve Granitz/WireImage.com; Bernhard Kuhmstedt/Retna Ltd.I remember watching ‘N SYNC’s “Tearin’ Up My Heart” music video on Total Request Live back in 1998 and thinking that the skinny, blond, curly-haired kid would be the least popular member of the band. And boy, today, on Justin Timberlake’s 30th birthday, am I eating crow or what? During Timberlake’s 30 short years on Earth, he’s managed to anchor a hit boy-band, break out with two massively successful — and artistically impressive — albums, become a Saturday Night Live all-star, and appear in an Oscar-nominated film. All this made me wonder: Which pop culture predictions do you wish you could take back?
Around the same time that I misjudged Timberlake’s future success, I also predicted Britney Spears would be a two-hit wonder after the release of what I considered to be the tepid “Sometimes.” Fast-forward six blockbuster albums later — and about a bajillion performances of “Sometimes” in my own shower — and it’s clear I was no Miss Cleo.
A few other pop culture miscalculations on my part: predicting Carrie Underwood wouldn’t be anywhere near as successful as competitors Bo Bice and Constantine Maroulis, believing no one would ever care about Dancing With the Stars, and thinking that Freddy Got Fingered would be one of the funniest films of 2001. (Hey, “(Lonely Swedish) The Bum Bum Song” was pretty hilarious, okay?)
Your turn, PopWatchers: When did you get it wrong? Oh, and, happy birthday Justin Timberlake!