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Ariana Grande teamed up with James Corden to perform an abbreviated musical edition of Titanic on Monday’s (Aug. 13) episode of The Late Late Show.
“Tonight we’ve got 13 songs, nine sets, one take, zero pressure,” Corden said before introducing the segment. Grande took on the role of Rose, originated by Kate Winslet in the 1997 James Cameron film, while Corden played Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack.
The camera panned to Grande boarding the ship while singing Styx’s “Come Sail Away” before Corden jumped into the frame and began singing the chorus as she exited the scene.
The two are next seen in separate rooms on the ship. Grande cools herself off with a hand fan while Corden breaks out into Hall & Oates’ “Rich Girl.” After Grande sings a verse, Corden then begins singing “The Way I Are” by Timbaland. Grande joins Corden and the two dance together.
Grande and Corden then re-create the famous Titanic “I’m flying” scene in which they stand at the edge of the ship as Rose holds out both arms and Jack holds her arms up. The two sing the Foo Fighters’ “Learn to Fly” before heading below the ship’s deck and having a dance party with other passengers to Lady Gaga’s “Just Dance.”
When Grande is suddenly taken away during the dance party, Corden begins to sing “Steal My Girl” by One Direction.
The two then re-created the scene when Jack sketches a nude portrait of Rose. As Corden draws and sings Ed Sheeran’s “Shape of You,” a fully clothed Grande makes a number of sensual poses. They then head to a car to sing Nelly’s “Ride Wit Me.”
Grande and Corden make their way to the top of the ship. They sing Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby” as the boat approaches the gigantic iceberg. Grande breaks out into Kesha’s “Timber” as the boat hits the iceberg and they begin to sink.
The two make their way off the ship and onto the floating door. Grande holds Corden’s hand as he treads water next to her. The usually tragic scene is accompanied by the upbeat tempo of “Never Gonna Give You Up” by Rick Astley. As Corden’s character struggles to hold onto the door, he begins to sing ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye” before letting go of Grande’s hand and sinking into the water.
Grande closes the bit by climbing off of the door and performing Celine Dion’s “My Heart Will Go On” as she walks in front of the audience. Corden’s character then returns from the dead to finish the song with Grande.
Watch the full performance below.
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