Timberlake’s headline performance of the tune was the first time in the global competition’s 61-year-history that a non-contestant has been lined-up to sing on the Eurovision stage.
“It’s crazy, right?” the 35-year-old singer told reporters of the honor, prior to his performance. “It’s a crazy competition. “I’m actually looking forward to how big it is.”
Leading up to the big night, Timberlake teased his Instagram followers with shots of the entertainer and his band.
The 61st annual Eurovision competition, which was held in Stockholm, Sweden, celebrated the theme of “Come Together” this year.
Timberlake’s song “Can’t Stop the Feeling” appears on the soundtrack for upcoming animated film Trolls. Earlier in the week, Timberlake was at the Cannes film festival to promote the film, surprising audiences at a screening with “a special cover of Cyndi Lauper‘s “True Colors” alongside costar Anna Kendrick.
“I’ve heard different actors that are parents who’ve done animated films, I’ve seen them say ‘I want to do a movie that my kid can go see, that we can go see together,'” he said. “I was always like, ‘Yeah, whatever. I get it.’ And now I get it.”
Eurovision is the world’s largest non-sporting live TV event, launching the careers of Céline Dion, Olivia Newton John, ABBA and Julio Iglesias. The competition is Europe’s most watched live entertainment program.