Justin Timberlake Turns Down 'Glee' To Focus on Acting?

Emily Abbate

justin timberlakeGlee has done some serious good for the celebrity status of its 15 new cast members during its last two seasons. It's also aided a few celebrity veterans, especially those who -- erm, needed a little bit of career revamping. Take Britney Spears for example. The show gave her (and on-screen Brittany, Heather Morris) a ton of positive PR, had the tabloids buzzing, and helped put Brit back in the limelight.

So today, when I heard that Brit's ex-beau Justin Timberlake wanted nothing to do with the TV mega-hit, I couldn't help but wonder -- does he have something better in the works?

According to Perez Hilton, Glee producers approached Justin recently about using some of his music on the show -- and were surprised when he declined. Considering Glee had a record-breaking 26.8 million viewers after last week's Super Bowl, I can't help but think that maybe Justin's trying to get away from his singing past.

Let's look at the facts here: JT hasn't necessarily been making a splash on the music scene within the last few years. His last two big chart toppers featured his vocals as a guest appearance, accompanying big rappers T.I. on "Dead and Gone" and Timberland on "Carry Out" from Shock Value III

But the former Mouseketeer has been spending some time on the silver screen. As Napster brainiac Sean Parker in The Social Network, Timberlake convinced audiences everywhere that being a bad guy can once again be super attractive. He voiced the ever so lovable Boo-Boo Bear in Yogi Bear, and is rumored to be working on a few more flicks -- including Bad Teacher with Cameron Diaz and Jason Segel, due out in June.

Whether or not you're trying to distance yourself from the music industry Justin, there's one thing that can't be denied -- you have left a massive legacy that's worth a Glee tribute. From the days with *N'SYNC to the grooves of your solo workings on FutureSex/ LoveSounds, your music is classic. When I think of Sam (Chord Overstreet), the show's own blondie JT look-alike, bringing sexy back, I swoon.

Allowing the Glee cast to use your tunes would just solidify that legacy with a unique spin. Becoming a gleek means putting your name among the ranks of other music greats like Rihanna, Katy Perry, Bon Jovi, and Queen. And if that's not the kind of company you want to keep, well then congratulations -- you've just got Kings of Leon to hang out with.

Would you want to hear Justin's music on Glee?

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