The singer-songwriter crooned over strings, piano and acoustic guitar, adding a dramatic flair with his closed eyes, hand gestures and vocal dynamics. The stage set-up was suitably minimal – with only his now-signature rose logo against a wall of star-like lights on display.
Mendes utilized his falsetto range throughout the performance – despite host James Corden’s teasing in a previous episode of the singer’s Late Late Show residency. On Tuesday’s installment, the comedian poked fun of the pop star’s teenage puberty battle, showing a highlight reel of his onstage voice cracks. Elsewhere in his late-night stint, Corden joined Corden for “Carpool Karaoke,” faced the host in an absurd subway busker battle and performed songs like “Nervous” and “Lost in Japan.”