James Corden may be a Broadway star, a successful actor and the host of the The Late Late Show, but what he’s quickly becoming best known for are his viral moments. Thanks to Carpool Karaoke and his many skits with visiting actors and musicians, Corden has tapped into the ingredients necessary to make a video that everyone wants to watch on YouTube while they should be working.
One of Corden’s weekly segments on The Late Late Show is Bring It Back, where he makes his case for items he thinks needs to be brought back to the mainstream. This week’s plea was for the return of boy bands, and not the type we’ve seen in recent years.
Instead, Corden wants the Orlando-living, Tiger Beat posing, frosted-tips boy bands of yesterday. “Some of them even have the audacity to pick up instruments,” said Corden during last night’s show, admonishing 2016 boy bands. “That is not what I want in a boy band. I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and way over budget music videos.”
Corden has never been shy about expressing his love for boy bands. He played dodge ball with One Direction. He got a birthday shout out from his favourite band, O-Town. He’s performed with Boyz II Men.
So, what could be left for the self-proclaimed boy band lover? How about performing with the best selling boy band of all time? Backstreet’s back. Alright.
In a move that has gone viral overnight, Corden surprised his live studio audience during yesterday’s taping in LA, bringing all five original members of the Backstreet Boys on stage to perform “Backstreet’s Back” with the late night host. James quickly got in on the action, changing into a coordinating outfit and hitting his cues for the famous dance moves. Is it just us or was he really, really good?
Bringing the ’90s back on The Late Late Show was the latest event in a packed week for the famous boy band. This past weekend, the Backstreet Boys performed at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and announced their upcoming Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood, which will kick off on March 1.
We assume Corden will be there, front row center.