James Corden apparently wants to break into the country music scene, and he’s turning to the one person who can help him get there—Carrie Underwood.
One of the best parts of Corden’s show, The Late Late Show with James Corden, is the popular “Carpool Karaoke” segment, where he drives around while chatting and putting on karaoke performances with different singers. For last night’s carpool segment, Corden brought along none other than Underwood.
Corden first teased the country singer’s appearance on Twitter yesterday, writing “Thank god @carrieunderwood was on hand to help me in the Carpool lane this morning. See the results tonight CBS 12:30! [sic]” Underwood then retweeted the post, adding, “Yup… this happened.” She also retweeted a photo originally posted by the Late Show of her in the passenger seat with Corden, both engrossed in singing.
It turns out, though, that Underwood did more for Corden than just sing along with him—she gave him a lesson on how to be a country superstar. After belting out a couple of songs together, the host admitted/joked that he wanted to start a new career as a country singer, and asked the American Idol winner for some tips. According to Underwood, it takes more than just a voice—first you need a good pair of cowboy boots. So the pair dropped by a store to get Corden ready (although he only walks out with a new hat).
They then get back into the car to finish off their ride with a sing-along to one of Underwood’s biggest hits, “Before He Cheats.” You can watch the full clip of Underwood and Corden’s hilarious carpool karaoke session above.
Underwood isn’t the only star Corden has had in his passenger seat. Justin Bieber, Mariah Carey, Jennifer Hudson, Iggy Azalea, Stevie Wonder, and Rod Stewart have all made appearances in the segment. And from Corden’s experience, these stars have just as much fun filming the carpool segment as viewers have watching them. “We shoot them for about 40 minutes and they’re completely on their own: it’s me and them and fixed cameras and that’s it,” Corden said in a recent interview with the New York Post. “I think they find that very liberating and there’s a joy in that I’m very proud of.”