Saturday 20 January 2018

Watch: George Michael's hilarious performance paves the way for hugely-popular Carpool Karaoke

James Corden and George Michael in a scene from the charity video
James Corden and George Michael in a scene from the charity video
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FANS are flooding to re-watch George Micheal's performance on what was, unofficially, the first-ever Carpool Karaoke with James Corden.

The 'Carpool Karaoke' slot has proved to be hugely popular since Corden took over 'The Late Late Show' in the US in 2015, with guests including Michelle Obama and Adele taking part.

But Michael is credited with appearing in the first of James Corden's carpool karaoke features, for Comic Relief in 2011, long before the British comedian and television presenter took the idea across the Atlantic.

The short sequence saw the pair duetting on What! hit I'm Your Man, with Michael making a pun about homophobia.

In June, Corden spoke about the beginnings of Carpool Karaoke on Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show.

Corden said that first clip with George Michael paved the way for the now-popular segment.

This file photo taken on September 9, 2012 shows British singer George Michael performing on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris/ AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
This file photo taken on September 9, 2012 shows British singer George Michael performing on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris/ AFP PHOTO / MIGUEL MEDINAMIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images
File photo dated 13/07/85 of George Michael of Wham performing at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London: PA/PA Wire
Singer George Michael poses at the "George Michael: A Different Story" Photocall during the 55th annual Berlinale International Film Festival on February 16, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
George Michael

“We couldn’t put our finger on why is this so joyful? There’s a joy in here. We couldn’t really work out why,” Corden said.

Following the shock news that Michael had passed away on Christmas Day, Corden tweeted: "I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time."

His appearance on Carpool Karaoke was just one of a number of high-profile cameos he made on television over the years.

His self-deprecating and playful nature were common features of his cameos - notably when he turned down the sexual advances of a female character in the Catherine Tate Show 2007 Christmas special with: "Do you not read the papers, love?"

He appeared as himself in another BBC comedy, Ricky Gervais' Extras in 2007, in which spent time on a park bench enquiring about "action" and paparazzi, the script also referencing several tabloid newspaper scandals linked to the pop star.

And he also gave his time for a Comic Relief sketch in 2009 when he met the Little Britain characters Lou and Andy. He was the butt of the joke when Matt Lucas' wheelchair-bound character said that his music was "emotionally vapid" - and that he preferred Tony Hadley, frontman with 1980s pop group Spandau Ballet.

Michael was also a frequent reference point for EastEnders character Heather Trott, whose dedication to the singer was such that she named her son after him.

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