James Corden's New 'Carpool Karaoke' Shifts Focus From Singers to Celebrity

The Apple series, which sees the 'Late Late' host handing the wheel to rotating guests, will feature people who otherwise wouldn't appear on the popular segment.
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The new Carpool Karaoke won't necessarily cannibalize its popular predecessor.

Segment creators James Corden and Ben Winston, the creative duo behind CBS' The Late Late Show, sold the viral sensation to Apple in 2016 as a series unto itself. But while the late-night segment focuses on Corden singing with recording artists, the longform version will turn the camera on different kinds of entertainers.

"So many people get in touch with us, big name movie stars, saying they'd love to do Carpool Karaoke," said Late Late showrunner Winston, adding that the answer has to be no. "Here, it's about taking those people who aren't musicians necessarily."

Apple's first season will see a whopping 16 different pairings, though one will feature Corden himself. A trailer screened for press at Monday's TV critics press tour showed the host and Will Smith singing along to "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It" backed by a full marching band. The clip also featured singers like Ariana Grande and Alicia Keys, as well as comedians such as Billy Eichner and Chelsea Handler.

And just because Carpool Karaoke is now its own show does not mean that Corden will be cutting back on its inclusion on-air. He did, however, emphasize that the time commitment prevents them from doing it too often: "We can only do it so many times on our show, and there's so many lovely people I want to see in that environment."

When asked about how he feels about the popularity of the segment, Corden seemed quite humbled.

"This just became a wonderful platform to see these people in an intimate environment," he said. "I don't even feel like it's mine, really, it's just something I've been part of."

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