Timberlake Trash Talks Taylor Hicks
Fri, 18 Aug 2006 16:52:25
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Cannily stirring up headlines to promote his upcoming album? Trying to take the heat off former flame Britney Spears? Or just incapable of placing a filter between mind and mouth? Whatever the cause, Justin Timberlake has given another controversial interview, this time offering some harsh thoughts about American Idol and its most recent winner, Taylor Hicks.
"The guy who won -- people think he looks so normal, and he's so sweet, and he's so earnest, but he can't carry a tune in a bucket," Timberlake told Fashion Rocks magazine. "Do you realize how much pressure it is to put on somebody all of a sudden?"
Perhaps reflecting on his own years performing alongside a then-closeted Lance Bass in *NSYNC, Timberlake continued on a bizarre tangent that painted the entire state of Mississippi as homophobic. "If [Hicks] has any skeletons whatsoever; if, God forbid, he's gay, and all these people in Mississippi who voted for him are like, 'Oh, my God, I voted for a queer!' It's just too much pressure."
Ken Sunshine, Timberlake's representative, assured the press that all of that was "taken completely out of context."
Presumably taken completely in context was Timberlake's nostalgia for the days of dance, free love, and cocaine. When asked about the inspiration for his sophomore album, FutureSex/LoveSounds (due out on September 12th), JT said, "I wanted it to look to a time when everything was really sexy. Maybe everybody was coked up, but who cares? It was hot. It was all about sex." Timberlake was born in 1981.
In other Timberlake news: Apparently another singer whose work he doesn't admire is Lindsay Lohan. JT specifically banned the actress and pop idol from attending his showcase concert at Hollywood's House of Blues last weekend. "The last thing his label wants is Lindsay getting drunk and making a spectacle of herself, taking attention away from Justin and his new album," an industry insider told Teen People magazine in explaining the ban. Ouch. --The ARTISTdirect Staff