Ciara Talks ‘Saturday Night Live’ Performance With Justin Timberlake

'It was awesome to see him pick up the keys,' singer says of Timberlake.

[artist id="1231683"]Justin Timberlake[/artist] is known for his amazing dancing skills, but he didn’t bust a move last Saturday night when he performed with his “Love Sex Magic” partner, [artist id="1801883"]Ciara[/artist], on “Saturday Night Live.” When it came time to shimmy and shake, he left all the hot moves up to Ciara and her backup dancers while he played the keyboard. Not that anyone was complaining about watching Ciara dance.

“You know what? It was perfect because … he wanted to kind of say, ‘You rock,’ ” Ciara told MTV News at Maxim‘s Hot 100 party. “And I just kind of felt cool, ’cause Justin can play [piano] real well and he really gets into the music and it was, like, ‘Hey, let’s make you part of the band.’ ”

Having Justin in the background for the live performance was very different from the music video for the song, where the two dance quite provocatively with one another. “[We wanted to] do something different and make it fun. It was awesome to see him pick up the keys.”

Earlier this month, Ciara told MTV News all about the video’s most memorable moment — when she licks Justin Timberlake. “Let me tell you — it’s so funny, I have to say this,” Ciara said. “I had to lick his ear and do all that fun stuff and bite it . And he had a moment where he was kind of licking on my neck. We were both going back and forth. We were really just freestyling. And Miss Diane [Martel, the director] wanted something edgy, and we all wanted to find a cool way to do it. And that just felt right.”