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The one and only Freddie Mercury is a hard act to follow — but at least two people think they’ve got what it takes.

The first is of course Adam Lambert, the American Idol alum who’s been performing as the Queen frontman since 2011 and will once again be taking on lead vocal duties when the band tour North America this summer.

And the second? That would be British funnyman, James Corden. Okay, so his singing prowess is regularly on display when he duets with musical megastars in “Carpool Karaoke,” and just last September he got the chance to perform on stage with the Backstreet Boys. But can he really compare with Freddie?

James certainly thinks so. He used his opening monologue on The Late Late Show last night (February 2) to boast that he’d make an excellent lead singer for the band he’s loved since he was a kid — better even than current Queen frontman Adam Lambert.

That’s some big talk right there, Mr. Corden. Then again, who hasn’t thought the same thing while belting out “Bohemian Rhapsody” in the shower?

However, waiting in the wings, and therefore hearing everything, was Adam himself, who promptly interrupted to challenge James to a sing-off.

Needless to say, James jumped at the chance to show off his skills. But first up was Adam, who kicked things off with a resounding rendition of “We Will Rock with You,” which even the remaining members of Queen agreed was pretty awesome.

Over to James, who launched into a spirited version of “Don’t Stop Me Now,” before Adam did exactly that and called a stop to it. Undeterred, James followed up with “Crazy Little Thing Called Love,” which Adam countered with a performance of “Another One Bites the Dust” so good that even James, though it meant dashing his dreams of one day becoming Queen’s lead vocalist, had to admit was “unbelievable.”

The sing-off ended on good terms, as the two put aside their differences to duet on “Somebody to Love.” Adam finished off with some impressive Freddie-esque vocal gymnastics, and by the adoring look on James’s face, we’d say he nailed it:

We wonder, though, how either of these guys will stack up against Rami Malek, who’s set to be play Freddie in the upcoming Queen biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody. He’s the third actor in line to play the part after Sacha Baron Cohen and Ben Whishaw dropped out. Frankly, we’d love to see all five potential Freddies battle it out on stage for our entertainment.

How do you think James and Adam compare with the mighty Freddie?

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By Kat Sommers
Kat is a freelance writer for Anglophenia.