Talk about an expensive trip home. James Corden has moved his entire late-night talk show to London, and roped in friend and fellow countryman Ed Sheeran to bring some extra British flair.
Ed wasn’t actually in London, unlike the rest of James’ impressive line-up of guests, but his previously recorded “Carpool Karaoke” was a fitting segment for James’ Brit-based shows nonetheless.
As well as performing acoustic versions of his hits “Thinking Out Loud,” “Shape of You” and “Castle on a Hill,” Ed also surprised James with renditions of “Love Yourself” by Justin Bieber and One Direction‘s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
And while we’d never accuse James of being pushy, we have noticed a certain competitive streak. First there was the time he thought he’d make a better Queen frontman than Adam Lambert, and then that time he challenged Ice Cube to some one-on-one basketball, not to mention his beef with Riz Ahmed in “Drop the Mic.”
So how did James test this guest? By seeing who remembered the most lyrics to the “SING” rap, perhaps? No. (The boys did give it a go, but we’d call the result a tie.) How about who was best at playing guitar? No. (James didn’t even try.) Who wore a black t-shirt best? Nope. (It was Ed.)
No, what James had in mind was much more demanding than that. He challenged Ed to a traditional round of “Who can fit the most Maltesers in their mouth?” To see who won the British candy competition, check out this clip:
The homecoming hijinks had an unexpectedly serious side of course, coming as they did just a few days after London suffered a terrorist attack.
As a result, James’ opening monologue was unusually subdued. It saw him standing on a rain-sodden street in the heart of London, where he gave a heartfelt tribute to his home town, before promising the “silliest, stupidest, most fun-packed shows we’ve ever made” and launching into the first of three shows recorded in Central Hall in Westminster.
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