K-Pop Girl Group Blackpink Gets Revenge on James Corden in Game of "Flinch"
The South Korean superstars stopped by the 'Late Late Show' before taking the stage again at Coachella this weekend.
Blackpink on Thursday stopped by The Late Late Show With James Corden to perform their latest single, "Kill This Love." But while they were there, the K-pop girl group also participated in the late-night host's infamous "Flinch" game.
As viewers know, the game involves a guest standing behind a glass wall in anticipation of Corden firing fruits and vegetables at them at high speed. And, of course, the point is not to flinch when the food hits the glass. Blackpink's Jennie told Corden she was familiar with the game — but admitted that she scares the easiest of her group. "I'm terrified already," she said with a laugh, adding that she was even shaking. "I am, I am!"
So, naturally, Corden asked her to step up to the plate first, along with bandmate Jisoo. While Jennie couldn't hide her fear, Jisoo confidently stated, "I'm not [scared]." Immediately after asking Jennie if Jisoo's bravery made her feel at ease, Corden quietly pulled the trigger and shot a lemon and an apple at the girls. Even with the surprise firing, Jisoo remained completely still — and even smiled! — while Jennie screamed and covered her face with her hands. Her reaction caused the audience to erupt in cheers and laughter.
Corden was particularly impressed with Jisoo. "Jisoo, you looked as if I had just called out to ask you if you wanted a coffee!" While Jisoo was able to keep her cool, Jennie took a minute to recover. "Literally, my heart is beating so fast right now," said the "Solo" singer. "I thought we were having a fun conversation!"
Next up were Blackpink's Lisa and Rosé. The duo immediately embraced each other and, even though they appeared nervous, Rosé told Corden, "I think we're pretty brave." However, a moment later, she revealed that she was "so scared" the comedian might secretly launch the fruits and vegetables at her and Lisa without warning. Asked if they ever thought their trip to the U.S. would include playing "Flinch," Rosé said, "Not at all. We thought L.A. would just be sunshine and happiness all around. No fruit bursting in our faces!"
That's when Corden indeed made the fruit burst right in front of Rosé and Lisa's faces. Unfortunately, both young women flinched. But they got their revenge on Corden. After loading up the cannon with several lemons and an apple, Blackpink nonchalantly began questioning Corden, beginning with Rosé's asking, "How many times have you done this before?" In the middle of his answer, Jennie fired off the fruit — and, seemingly to Blackpink's dismay, Corden didn't flinch one bit.
But, as he said afterward, "That actually did scare me, really. You got me pretty well there."
Blackpink's Late Late Show appearance comes just days after the South Korean quartet made history as the first K-pop girl group to play Coachella. They are set to light up the stage one more time at the Indio, Calif., music festival tonight. On Wednesday night, Blackpink kicked off the North American leg of their world tour at The Forum in Los Angeles. Earlier this month, the group dropped their highly anticipated EP, Kill This Love, which has since peaked at No. 24 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Watch Blackpink play "Flinch," as well as their performance of "Kill This Love," in the videos below.