Relive the Moment George Michael and James Corden Created Carpool Karaoke
Who knew it would spark a late night viral phenomenon?
Nowadays it's fairly old hat to see James Corden driving around with an A-list celebrity in his front seat singing along to their biggest hits, but flashback to five years ago and seeing Corden as his Gavin and Stacey character Smithy driving George Michael around in his beat-up car was nothing short of brilliant.
In the sketch for Comic Relief 2011, Smithy is called to BBC HQ to help sort out this year's Comic Relief by drafting him in to tell everyone what they needed to do—much to the chagrin of his friend George Michael, who was a) supposed to be spending time with Smithy that day and b) not allowed to come along to Comic Relief himself.
"You're a joke, George!" Smithy shouts. "It's embarrassing! I can't walk into Comic Relief with you. Comic Relief is about helping people like you!"
And after George puts his "sad face on" in response, Smithy has the perfect solution - listen to some music, and join George in a rendition of his 1986 Wham! classic 'I'm Your Man'.
The sketch has since been credited as the inspiration for Corden's hit Carpool Karaoke segment on his US late night talk show The Late Late Show, which has seen Corden welcome the likes of Lady Gaga, Michelle Obama and Adele to his front seat for a singalong.
James Corden was among the many celebrity fans and friends of George Michael who paid tribute to the singer following the news of his death, reportedly of heart failure, yesterday (December 25).
"I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember," James wrote. "He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time."
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
News of George Michael's death was confirmed in a statement by his publicist issued on Christmas Day.
"It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," it read.
From: Digital Spy