'Caraoke Showdown' Host on James Corden's 'Carpool Karaoke' Knockoff Claims

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Craig Robinson is very aware of the comparisons between Caraoke Showdown and "Carpool Karaoke."

“I always say, I drive around saying I’m not James Corden!” he laughed to The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday night. Robinson is set to host Caraoke Showdown, a Spike TV game show that sees the Office alum picking up unsuspecting contestants and challenging them to karaoke-inspired contests (with some surprises) for cash prizes. Described as Cash Cab meets karaoke, the 10-episode series will tape in Los Angeles and New York this summer for a 2017 premiere.

Though the premise is somewhat similar to Corden’s viral "Carpool Karaoke" segments on CBS' The Late Late Show — which have featured Adele, Justin Bieber, Stevie Wonder, Lin-Manuel Miranda and first lady Michelle Obama, among others, and is getting its own series edition on Apple Music — Robinson pointed out that his series lends the mic to “regular people on a game show, not great singers [on a late-night show].”

Still, the two are similar enough. “I hope he’s not upset about that,” Robinson told THR at a War Dogs premiere in New York City. “He’s a great host — I’ve been on his show and we did a duet, and it was right up my alley. He gets it. I have nothing but respect for him.”

So what does Robinson think of Corden’s "Carpool Karaoke"? At first, he said he’d seen a few and called them “brilliant,” but then he backtracked: “I lied when I said I’ve watched it — I’ve just seen pictures of him driving and smiling, and I know he can sing his ass off. I haven’t seen them. It’ll just come across my Facebook page, and I’ll check it out for a bit.”

Watch Robinson and Corden's Late Late Show duet below.