James Corden hungers for the TRL boy band era. On Tuesday’s Late Late Show, the host attempted to kickstart a retro music movement, joining Backstreet Boys onstage to perform their signature 1997 smash “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”
“I care about this more than maybe anything else on the planet: We are bringing back boy bands,” Corden said to introduce the segment. “I’m talking proper boy bands. Five guys together: I’m talking about the cute one, the funny one, the nice one, the other one and the maverick who refused to play by the rules – all living together in some weird mansion in Orlando.
“I’m aware that boy bands haven’t gone away, right?” he continued. “But now, they just stand onstage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers – and some of them even have the audacity to pick up instruments. That is not what I want in a boy band. I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing and way-over-budget music videos.”
He then unveiled Backstreet Boys, the “top-selling boy band of all-time,” who appeared on a stage engulfed by smoke. Corden joined the group for their choreographed dance moves and even crooned the “Am I sexual?” lyric.
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