James Corden Reveals the Secret to a Great Karaoke Performance

James Corden gets candid in a new video interview about his go-to karaoke song, why he doesn't sing in the shower, and more.

Released on 9/11/2017

Transcript

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The important thing with karaoke
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is you've gotta read the mood of the room.
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It's not about you, it's about the mood of the room
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and that's where people get it wrong.
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'Cause actually no one really wants someone to go up
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and sing an amazing version of
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I Will Always Love You by Whitney Houston,
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do you know what I mean?
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So I tend to veer towards like Crocodile Rock, Elton John
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because it's just a crowd pleaser.
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♫ Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
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♫ Nah-nah-nah-nah-nah
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Don't Stop Me Now by Queen
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and Mandy by Barry Manilow
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which, I don't know the last time
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you listened to Mandy by Barry Manilow,
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is the best fucking pop song that's ever been written.
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It's incredible.
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♫ I remember all my life
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♫ Raining down as cold as ice
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♫ Shadows of a man
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♫ Face through a window
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♫ Crying in the night
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♫ And night goes into
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♫ Morning, just another day
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Aw, it's a masterpiece, it's a masterpiece.
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I can't remember a time where I didn't want to perform.
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There was nothing else, there was no other.
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People would often say, oh,
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you need something to fall back on.
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And I would think, well, that's just contemplating failure,
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and I think you can't do that.
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The History Boys was certainly a turning point in my career.
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There was like eight boys in the show
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and we were all at a similar point in our careers
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and they would all get these incredible scripts for,
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you know, Spielberg movies or big HBO shows
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and I would get the one page of script
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for the guy who drops off a TV to Hugh Grant
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or like a sort of bubbly guy who works at a newsstand.
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And I remember thinking, oh,
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these decisions are only being made on the way that I look.
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The world of entertainment, if you like,
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was saying, oh no, we think you're quite good
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but people aren't interested in people who look like you.
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The History Boys actually
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was the time where I remember thinking,
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oh, I need to try and start creating stuff on my own.
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One Man, Two Guvnors was a play
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that I did at the National Theater
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and in the West End and on Broadway
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and that came about, I think it was in 2010.
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Being in that play changed my life.
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It's not even up for debate that I would not be sat here
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talking to you right now had I not been in that play.
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People say to me, oh, you must be so tired.
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And I think, this is nothing
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compared to eight shows a week on Broadway, you know.
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It was hard but I have to say,
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I still consider it, and I think it'll take some beating,
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to be the most enjoyable and best part of my career
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because, so far, for sure, like,
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there were moments doing that play
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where I can genuinely remember thinking,
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if I could stay in this moment, right now,
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for the rest of my life, I would
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'cause this just feels incredible.
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It felt like you were a conductor
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and the audience were the orchestra
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and laughter was the music and you could just
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make them louder here, make them quieter here,
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softer, bigger, broader, smaller.
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It was a wonderful feeling to be that sort of
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a kind of ringmaster, if you like.
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I stopped having birthday parties when I was about nine
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because we didn't have much money
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and all I wanted was to go the theater.
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So theater tickets are not cheap
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so my parents said, look,
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if you want to go to the theater on your birthday
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and that be your present, we also can't have a party,
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which I didn't mind.
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Who are these people that organize
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their own birthday party via text?
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Worse than that, who are the people
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that call it their birthday week?
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Who are these fucking people?
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It's my birthday week.
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It's not, it makes no sense.
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It's a birthday, it's one day, get over it.
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There's a young man called Harold Styles,
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quite the crush on.
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Every time I get to hold him.
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He's got that thing which is unquantifiable.
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Ironically, the very thing he has is the X factor.
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He's just got a thing that you can't take your eyes from.
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That quality can sometimes make someone a dick
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and with him, he is the same person
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that I met seven years ago, six years ago.
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Today, he is completely adorable
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and together and wise and old before his time.
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I don't sing in the shower.
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I'm almost silent.
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I'm some sort of mute, yes.
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I never sing in the shower.
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I don't also get the appeal of singing in the shower
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because I consider the shower to be a place
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where I'm really just trying to get myself clean,
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wake up and enjoy the three minutes
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that my children aren't going, dad, dad,
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and that happens during the shower.
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And it makes me question,
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when is the time in my children's life
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where I start to cover my penis?
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My son's six and my daughter's two
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and now they'll just open the shower door
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and go, dad, have you seen my whatever?
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And I don't ever go, oh, I should cover my penis,
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but when is it in my children's life
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where I am gonna take that onboard?
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I don't know.