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The Backstreet Boys might have found a new member in James Corden — or so he hopes — as the late-night host performed alongside the boy band for a revamped version of their hit single during Tuesday night’s Late Late Show.
Jokingly promoting their new boy band, dubbed “James Street,” group members Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, AJ McLean, Kevin Richardson and Brian Littrell performed an mock version of their 1999 single, “Larger Than Life,” changing it to “Late Late-r Than Life” to reflect Corden’s 12:37 p.m. broadcast.
Prior to their sketch, the band teased their appearance with their mock album cover with Corden on Twitter, where they created the hashtag “#Jamesstreet.”
Featuring @JKCorden and the hit single, “Late Late-r Than Life” Tune into the @latelateshow tonight 12:37/11:37c on @CBS! #Jamesstreet #BSBVegas pic.twitter.com/VakeExuqUM
— backstreetboys (@backstreetboys) July 24, 2018
In the performance, the late-night host and singers donned their signature white attire, recognizable from their 1999 album, Millennium, which featured the “Larger Than Life” single.
The sketch opened with Corden explaining that he plans to take over for one of the Backstreet Boys at their performance later that night. “Corden’s back, alright,” he sang to the bandmembers as he stated his plan.
While Kevin Richardson explained to Corden that no one was going to opt out of the performance, the late-night host responded, “How hard is it? What is being a Backstreet Boy? It’s wearing a fedora and dancing on some tarmac. I think I got it.”
Following Brian Littrell’s insistence that Corden could not handle the costume changes, Corden let the members vote on whom he replaces. Corden then decided that he should take Littrell’s place onstage. “Show me the meaning of being lonely,” Corden said, referencing another song off the album, as Littrell exited the dressing room.
Following Littrell’s forced departure, Corden tried to learn the choreography for the performance. He also took the liberty of suggesting new dance moves. When asked when he should do the worm, Howie Dorough responded, “Maybe after the show.”
Despite resistance from the bandmembers, Corden eventually took on the role of choreographer and incorporated a number of new dance moves, including the band lifting him up during “Larger Than Life.” When they perfected the lift, Corden instructed, “And then you guys disappear ’til the end of the song.”
Not only did Corden take over for the performance, but he also attended the band’s meet and greet. When taking a group photo with a fan, Corden flipped the iPhone camera and instead took a selfie. He then blocked a fan in another photo.
Corden led a prayer circle before he and the Backstreet Boys took the stage. “Dear Lord, heavenly Jesus. I know what you’re thinking. What’s Brian doing there? We’re thinking the same,” he said. “Make us strong. Show us the meaning of being lonely. Quit playing games with out hearts. Give us the call and know that everybody.” After a moment of silence, he added, “I can’t think of any other Backstreet Boys songs. We want it that way. We want it that way!”
The sketch then cut to the performance, in which a photo of Littrell onstage was been replaced with one of Corden. The band then appeared and began to sing “Larger Than Life” while the musicians are suspended on platforms in the air. Littrell eventually joined the group onstage. Corden then ran to the front of the stage and showed off his best dance moves, including the running man and the worm, as the band sang behind him.
The performance concluded when Corden thanked fans for coming and told them to drive home safe. Richardson then explained that they had 22 more songs to perform. “I quit the band,” Corden responded before walking offstage.
Amid the release of their new single “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart,” the band is also headlining a Las Vegas residency, Backstreet Boys: Larger Than Life. This year, the group celebrated its 25th anniversary.
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