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Twenty years apart

Published January 19, 2020

Twenty years apart

James Corden’s latest riff off sees him take on Camila Cabello in a slightly fake debate about which is better for music - 1999 or 2019. You can see the results below but I’m pretty sure they came to the wrong conclusion. Even within the video itself, the older songs are so much better! Camila is a far superior singer to James, I’m sure he’d agree, but even she can’t make Old Town Road sound better than Smooth.

The Keys to success

Published December 14, 2019

The Keys to success

I had seen in passing the news that James Corden was taking a break from his Late, Late show for other projects and guest hosts would be filling in. Alicia Keys kicked things off but it wasn’t until I caught the clips on YouTube that I realised just what a fab job she’d done. We all know already that Keys is brilliant, but her take on the year wrap-up is a step above, even if only for the piano reveal with Rocky theme tune.

Music video madness

Published September 14, 2019

Music video madness

I’m sure you’ve seen this by now, but Jennifer Lopez gave a bit of a dancing masterclass on Jimmy Fallon’s talk show this week, as the pair of them demonstrated the evolution of dance in music videos. I particularly like the bit for Waterfalls, which I didn’t know what an iconic dance but must be, the Wrecking Ball space hoppers, and the Bad Guy hoodies. What I most enjoyed though is how wrecked Jimmy Fallon was by the end, when it looked like J-Lo barely broke a sweat.

On shuffle

Published January 27, 2019

On shuffle

Catching up with a recent Graham Norton Show episode, The 1975 were on to promote their latest album and tour and whatnot, and I believe they might have told the greatest story that’s been on that show. Matty Healy, talking on behalf of his bandmate, described to Saoirse Ronan and assembled guests a situation regarding one of her movies. Adam came into rehearsal ages ago, once, and he said to me, he was like: “Have you seen that Lovely Bones film?

Not just anybody

Published June 24, 2018

Not just anybody

We watched the Westworld edition of Carpool Karaoke yesterday, and thought “Yea, I know there’s a Paul McCartney one out but it can’t be as good as this.” Evan and James had great chemistry, great fun and got up to some fab antics with bonus Westworld memes thrown in there for good measure. So, we turned to the Paul McCartney and James Corden episode and… well, we couldn’t have been more wrong, could we?

Living the front man dream

Published February 4, 2017

Living the front man dream

James Corden continues to do fab and fun things for his late night US talk show, but his latest exploits with Queen grabbed my attention like no other. A faux battle between him and current front man Adam Lambert saw the pair having something of a riff off with Brian and Roger backing them on guitar and drums. I’m so jealous of the things James gets to do and this tops the lot.

Whose first line is it anyway?

Published November 11, 2016

Whose first line is it anyway?

Now, you know I love James Corden and his antics, but combine them with the fabulous Hailee Steinfeld and you’re on to a winner. This game, though, it is something mindbending. Taking the first line of every song and repeating it for every line is so hard, have you tried it? Try it! A lot of fun though, and far more hilarious than it has any right to be.

Love Me Like You Do, Hey!

Published December 2, 2015

Love Me Like You Do, Hey!

I think this was aired on James Corden’s show last week, but I’ve just caught up with the video now. Love Me Like You Do isn’t one of my favourite Ellie songs, but how can you not love it done in so many different ways? I particularly enjoy the country version, with some exceptionally dodgy accents. I’ve been listening to more and more country music recently, and not a lot of it sounds like that!

Every Tom Hanks movie

Published March 24, 2015

Every Tom Hanks movie

Just like many people, I’ve been curious how James Corden would get on in the wild world of late night US talk shows. You’ll have noticed my obsession with Jimmy Fallon, I’m sure, and the concept of these daily evening entertainment extravaganzas fascinates me. By all accounts, he did okay and there’s at least something to work with. From the clips I’ve seen, it’s a good start but I just have one question.