James Corden Performs With The Backstreet Boys And Races Usain Bolt In One Episode Of ‘The Late Late Show’

James Corden is on a noble mission to bring back boy bands. No, not the boy bands that we often see these days. Corden was talking about “proper” boy bands. The ones where each member represents a specific archetype. Perfectly choreographed dance moves, matching get-ups, exaggerated hand gestures. Everyone familiar with the 90’s music scene should know what I’m talking about.

And what better way for the “Carpool Karaoke” host to jumpstart his mission than to bring out the Backstreet Boys in his very own show? Ever the performer, James Corden joined the band in performing their 1997 hit track “Backstreet’s Back,” to the delight of the crowd, as reported by The Hollywood Report.

Before he brought the Backstreet Boys out, Corden declared that he’s bringing back boy bands.

“We are bringing back boy bands,” Corden announced. “I’m talking proper boy bands – five guys together. I’m talking about the cute one, the funny one, the nice one, the other one, and the maverick who refused to play by the rules, all living together in some weird mansion in Orlando.”

Corden then criticized the boy bands that we have today, those who “wear skinny jeans” and “have the audacity to pick up instruments.”

“That is not what I want in a boy band. I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing, and way over budget music videos,” he said.

The Backstreet Boys members, Nick Carter, Kevin Richardson, AJ McLean, Brian Littrel, and Howie Dorough, then took the stage, smoke and strobe lights and all before they were joined by Corden. The best part was when they started executing the group’s iconic dance moves during the track’s interlude.


To watch James Corden and Backstreet Boys’ epic performance, click on the video below.

And just when everyone thought Tuesday’s The Late Late Show episode couldn’t be more epic, Corden brought out actor Owen Wilson and the show’s entire staff to race against nine-time Olympic gold medalist Usain Bolt, the Mashable reports.

Both Corden and Bolt took to Twitter to tease the race, with Bolt describing it as the “race of the year,” and saying that it would be “too easy.”


Corden arranged the race to take place in the CBS Television City parking lot, known as a “historic place where people who work on The Price Is Right park their cars,” as was stated by a voice-over during the show.

As expected, the Olympian known as “The Fastest Man in the World” literally blitzed the competition. And the race was not without its funny moments. For one, Corden looked silly in his Jamaican outfit. Wilson also shot off before the whistle probably in a mock attempt to steal a victory.


After winning, Bolt draped the Jamaican flag over himself and said, “Number one all day, everyday.”

Wilson, ever the funny man, made excuses as to why Usain Bolt beat him.

“I got the start that I wanted,” Owen said. “I took something off, and you take something off against Usain Bolt and he’s going to blow you away… I was mic’d so obviously that didn’t help and I just flew in from Europe so, you know, jet lag. I’m nursing a bit of a cold, but, you know, I’ve got to tip my hat to him.”

Corden seemed disappointed about being one of the last people to finish last. In a mock interview, Corden gave the typical responses athletes give in interviews after a loss.

“I would have liked to have been in the top 50, but you know, it wasn’t my day,” the Late Late Show host said. “That is the life of an athlete. That’s the life of a professional track athlete. Some days it comes and some days it doesn’t.”

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