If you’ve watched any late night television at all recently, you’re likely already familiar with James Corden and Carpool Karaoke.
For those who don’t know, Corden is the host of the popular The Late Late Show. Unlike other late night talk shows, Corden differentiates himself by having a more casual, chatty environment where the guests sit next to each other and are sometimes even asked to do spontaneous performances in front of a live audience. Still, what Corden deserves the most credit for is for building his show up via the internet.
And that’s because of all his various segments and set pieces, Carpool Karaoke has proved enormously successful.
In each of these pieces, Corden films in his car as he drives through Los Angeles with a celebrity of the show’s choosing.
Over the years, Corden has had guests on the show including Jennifer Hudson, Jennifer Lopez, Celine Dion, Adele and Stevie Wonder in his passenger seat.
Still, in all of those performances, he’s never had English singer-songwriter and neo-soul performer Sam Smith—until now! As the clip begins, Smith and Corden exchange a hug and a few simple greetings with one another.
Before long, it’s time to start singing Smith’s hits.
Up first is Smith’s huge hit song, “Too Good At Goodbyes.”
As fans of Smith’s know, his voice is incredible—and this is no different. While Smith is definitely the star of the show, Corden does a great job of keeping up with him! After the first song is over, they chat for a little longer before they start into another song. The second one up is “Lay Me Down,” the lead single from Smith’s debut album.
Once again, Smith’s voice soars with ease and proves why he’s become so successful.
Although Smith is once again taking the lead here, Corden does an awesome vocalization with him throughout as well!
After they sing together, Smith tells Corden that he’s actually one of the first people to ever bring his music to a wider platform of people. When Smith’s first single was coming out, he was still working at a bar when Corden shared it on Twitter with a bunch of his followers—and shortly thereafter, the song blew up!
Corden is taken by surprise and says he didn’t even know that, but that he knew he’d be listening to Smith for the rest of his life the first time he heard his voice.
At this, Smith starts to tear up a little bit.
After a few more songs and a little bit more chatter, the conversation turns to pop group Fifth Harmony.
Just upon hearing their name, Smith is nearly beside himself. He explains that he loves “Work From Home” nearly every day and never gets tired of it. Smith then says that he would love it if Fifth Harmony could perform at his wedding one day—meanwhile, Corden is cracking up in the driver’s seat. Eventually, Corden suggests that they should sing along to “Work From Home” just for fun.
Still, after a moment Corden stops the song and pulls the car over.
After a minute, he makes a phone call and says the “Work From Home” performance could be even better.
Only a second later, Corden has Fifth Harmony in the backseat of the car! Needless to say, Smith had no idea it was going to happen.
With everyone assembled, they start the song again—and the harmonizing gets out of control! Of all of these performances, we don’t know if we’ve ever seen the performers have as much fun as they do at the end of this one. Regardless, the entire segment is worth watching and Smith is a great guest.
Congratulations to Corden for pulling off the big surprise! Check out the full video below:
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