James Corden pays tribute to George Michael, first Carpool Karaoke guest
It is only for George Michael if “Carpool Karaoke” has become a staple of The Late Late Show over the past few years. Yes, because in a certain way the singer inspired the segment being the first guest ever.
On his first show since returning from the Christmas break, in an emotional tribute to the late singer host James Corden recalled how he recruited Michael for a charity sketch years before ever hopping in a car with Britney Spears, Madonna, or Adele. The bit featured the two personalities getting into a fight while driving, then making up via song as soon as one of Wham!’s hits came on the radio.
Corden paid tribute to the late singer – who died on Christmas day – saying “I feel like I’ve loved George Michael as long as I’ve loved music, and I know so many fans felt the same way. I can remember so many times in my life where I might have felt on my own, and George’s music would feel like he would reach his hand out and [say] you weren’t on your own.”
“It was the first time I’d ever sung in a car with anybody,” Corden said. “It’s become quite a big part of my life now, and he really inspired it.”
As a matter of fact, Corden used the clip as a kind of pilot for “Carpool Karaoke.” You can watch a clip of Corden’s tribute to George Michael in the video below, which includes the 2011 segment of the two singing the Wham! classic “I’m Your Man.”