Was Justin Timberlake Singing ‘It’s Gonna Be May’ Supposed to Be a Swedish Accent?

nsync-hot-ones - Credit: Youtube
nsync-hot-ones - Credit: Youtube

Between bouts of profuse sweating and bulging out their eyes in agony, ‘NSync reflected on their career in the latest episode of “Hot Ones” — the YouTube series where celebrities eat spicy wings.

When asked about comparisons between One Direction and ‘NSync, Chris Kirkpatrick differentiated the groups by saying that 1D had five singers who were also all soloists. “So when they come out and do songs, it’s, like, they fight over ‘where’s this [part] gonna be,'” he said. “We kinda knew we sucked at singing certain things. So it was, like, we fell into our spots, and we knew our place.”

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“I’d do the high stuff, these two would do the leads, Joey [Fatone] would be in the middle, and Lance [Bass] would be on the bass. It was a lot easier since we started as a sound rather than five amazing vocalists. Not to say we’re not, but I just did.”

Justin Timberlake, who recently made fun of himself on TikTok for pronouncing the word “me” as “may” in “It’s Gonna Be Me,” also explained the origins of his strange — but now viral — phonation. “I sang, ‘It’s gonna be me,'” the singer recalled, “and [the producer] was like, ‘No, no, no, no, no.’ He was like, ‘It’s may, MAY.'”

“I also remember their Swedish accents,” Chasez says, referring to songwriters Max Martin, Andreas Carlsson, and Rami (the latter of whom produced the track. “And they worked on a demo on it, and they were like [in an accent], ‘It’s like this.'”

The band also confirmed that some of the members — Kirkpatrick, Fatone, and J.C. Chasez — had filmed appearances in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones as Jedis. But their scenes were removed, something Timberlake felt some Schadenfreude about. And they reflected on some of their stranger fashion moments through the years, such as their outfits for the 26th annual American Music Awards. “We were very excited that we got to design clothes, and this is what we came up with,” Chasez says as Timberlake and Fatone dabbed their eyes from the wings. The group also discussed recording at Shaq’s home studio, and they ranked their songs, attempting to say words like “Tearin’ Up My Heart” with numbed tongues. Bass got “Bye Bye Bye” out pretty well, though. Timberlake just kept wiping his forehead.

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