'Carpool Karaoke': BTS have fun on the road with James Corden, sing 'On' and throw in an impromptu dance lesson
The group sang hit songs like 'Mic Drop' and 'Finesse' live, and Corden got a new name, courtesy Jin
K-Pop group BTS continue their promotional run for their latest album 'Map of the Soul: 7' with a carpool karaoke on 'The Late Late Show with James Corden'.
Right off the bat we're reminded that Corden is one of the biggest fans out there as he begins the show in a purple suit. Cut to the carpool karaoke! "The traffic in Los Angeles is terrible," jokes RM right before their hit song with Steve Aoki, 'Mic Drop' kicks in. RM puts on some of the coolest looking shades and then launches into his rap, right before we get some beautiful vocals from Jin and Taehyung in the back seat followed by some epic headbanging.
RM is the translator again, so Corden asks him how he learned to speak English. He answers that he did so by watching the TV show Friends! Jin and Suga joke in the back seat that they also watched the show, but somehow did not learn English quite as well.
"I don't know what he said, but let's laugh," they joke as Corden and RM chat about the show. The group all hum along as RM and Corden bust out the Friends theme song in the front seat and they nearly get to the end but Taehyung's clap is a tiny bit off.
K-Pop has had a long-standing love affair with Bruno Mars so naturally, we get some Bruno Mars! The group jam to 'Finesse', nailing Cardi B's rap as Jimin and Jungkook take lead on the vocals, the latter hitting those high notes and runs like it is the easiest thing ever.
Corden asks the group what their fan-given nicknames are and we learn that Jin is 'WWH', short for 'Worldwide Handsome', Taehyung is 'Good Boy', and Jimin as Corden reminds him is 'Mochi' which causes the group to burst out laughing as Jimin tries to hide himself from the embarrassment. Corden says he loves mochi, which is a rice cake with ice cream filling before the group gives Corden his first nickname of the segment: 'Papa Mochi'. That makes Jimin 'Baby Mochi'.
Jin then gives Corden his second nickname for the night: "You're joke guy!" Seems like these nicknames will stick, since the official Twitter account for the Late Late Show already rebranded itself as "The Late Late Show with Joke Guy" before the show but has once again changed the name to 'The Late Late Show with Papa Mochi'.
And finally, time for BTS' latest song, 'ON'! Kicking things off with Jimin and Taehyung's stunning live vocals, we get some nice booming 'eh-oh's from RM and Corden in the front. Jungkook's vocals stun once again, as he hit his high notes totally effortlessly.
Corden asks the boys whether living together, especially for as long as seven years has ever led to some serious arguments. RM asks the group, "We argue sometimes, right?" before adding "It's been a decade and we've found efficient ways to solve fights." When asked who argues the most, the group answers that Jimin and Taehyung do - over dumplings. "Oh my little mochi doesn't argue about dumplings!" Corden jokes, causing the whole group to erupt into laughter with Jimin responding, "I'm hungry papa!"
Next up, the group sing along to their song 'Black Swan'. Suga's rap leads into some beautiful vocals from Jungkook, followed by Jin, Jimin and lastly Taehyung with some harmonies to tie it all together. Corden then asks them who they were most excited to meet. J-Hope answers with 'Madonna' and Jin says 'Post Malone'. What was it like meeting him? Suga says, "He smoked too much," once again drawing laughter from the whole group.
Post Malone's 'Circles' comes on and RM says, "This is the best drive song!" as they all sing along and now it really feels like we're all on a road trip together!
Jin has an important question for Corden: "What would happen if there were 8 instead of 7 people in here?" Corden responds, "Is this your way of asking me to join the band? 'Cause I will quit this job in a heartbeat to join BTS." "Is he prepared to go on a world tour?" asks Jin, and Corden says he "was born ready." So what role would Corden play in the group? "I can come as a dancer, 'cause I've got moves!" J-hope says "Let's have an audition now!"
"I want to see Papa Mochi dance!" adds Jimin, so naturally, we now move to Corden's weekly dance class.
A BTS dance session wouldn't be complete without some body rolls and that's exactly what we get, but mostly, it's a lot of cardio and aerobics with a side of dabbing. "This is hard!" exclaims Suga. J-Hope seems like he is having the time of his life, but as soon as it ends, he's on the floor right next to Jimin.
"We're here with the best dancers on the charts right now," says Corden. "Maybe we could see if we can learn some of your routines. Who wants to teach?" Baby Mochi is up and he gives us a quick lesson on the hook of their latest song 'ON'. Here take a look:
And that's a wrap on BTS' carpool karaoke!