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James Corden‘s The Late Late Show band leader Reggie Watts has one of the best seats in the house. And with 422 episodes under his belt since the series began in 2015, he’s in a prime position to critique the show’s many talented guests.

And he doesn’t disappoint. In this lively interview with The A.V. Club (July 9), Watts talks about The Late Late Show‘s rap battle segment, “Drop the Mic,” and explains why one Dame Helen Mirren was the standout performer.

It’s not a total surprise. We were also beyond impressed when The Queen star spat rhymes earlier this year:

Watts goes on to explain that the raps are written for the guests, in their voice, and the lyrics are approved in advance by the performer. With the material provided, Watts thinks it’s all about “execution.” And he crowned Mirren best-of-the-best because, “She was really game and just stood her ground… in a really cool way.”

You can check out the entire interview below. Watts goes on to gush about Mirren as a person and also outlines what makes a great talk show guest:

We agree with everything Watts has to say, plus we embraced the opportunity to re-watch Mirren’s rap battle glory. She hits the nail firmly on the head with her final lyric, “You’re welcome for this headline, ‘Helen Mirren Can Rap.'”

Thank you, Dame Helen, for making our job easier!

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By Brigid Brown