America’s first lady Michelle Obama rocked out on The Late, late show with James Corden’s popular segment Carpool Karaoke on Wednesday. A well-publicised Beyonce fan, the 52-year-old blasted Single Ladies while she and Corden busted out Beyonce’s signature dance moves.
Corden is shown driving around the grounds of the White House in Washington DC with Obama in the passenger seat.
With musical tastes ranging from Stevie Wonder (“I know every Stevie song on the planet) to Missy Elliot, the first lady sings along in word perfect unison with each track played and at one point is joined in the car by Missy Elliott, who sings This is for my girls and her classic Get your freak on. Elliott is one of a star-studded line up to sing on the single This is for my girls, which is described as a “global call-to-action” in support of the Obamas’ Let Girls Learn campaign.
The first lady – whose term ends with husband Barack Obama’s in November – told Corden she had only once listened to loud music in a car since Obama was elected in 2009. “Maybe it was months ago with my daughter who learned to drive and that was the only time in seven and a half years that I’ve been in the passenger seat rocking out like this.”
James Corden has become one of CBS’s biggest stars despite being relegated to the 12.37am timeslot. His Carpool Karaokesegment, which sees Corden drive celebrity guests around LA – has become wildly successful.
The Adele edition of Carpool Karaoke has been viewed more than 100 million times on YouTube, while his segment with One Direction has been watched 75 million times.
Corden’s rising star status has caused headaches for CBS given Stephen Colbert is supposed to be the network’s big star but has been floundering since moving across from the Comedy Channel.
Colbert has struggled since replacing David Letterman on The Late Show in September. However, a new showrunner and a looming election seem to have helped Colbert find his stride.