Showtime was nearing as four men hopped out of their SUV, walked swiftly through a heavily guarded back door, and into a top-secret rehearsal. It was the day of the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards, and ’NSYNC had to finalize their surprise performance without anyone finding out.
During “VMAs Revealed,” which aired today on MTV, producers and behind-the-scenes staff explained how the whole stunt was pulled off. At first, Justin Timberlake said nothing to show-runners. While rehearsing on six different stages, he left one stage out, only blocking out small amounts of choreography during practice. At last minute, Timberlake’s team let very few people in on the secret — he was bringing back the band, but no one knew until they emerged through the stage’s trapdoors that very night. Watch the behind-the-scenes clip below.