The Late Late Show host vowed to bring back boybands, and he succeeded beyond our wildest dreams

By Jordan Runtagh
September 28, 2016 06:55 PM

The Backstreet Boys just got themselves a new member – for one night only!

The boyband-loving James Corden got his time to shine during the Late Late Show on Tuesday night when the ’90s/early ’00s pop princes stopped by his program. Longing for the glory years of BSB, ‘NSYNC and 98 Degrees, the host vowed to start a musical revolution then and there.

“We are bringing back boy bands,” he proclaimed. “I’m talking proper boy bands. Five guys together: the Cute One, the Funny One, the Nice One, the Other One and the Maverick who refused to play by the rules, all living together in some weird mansion in Orlando.”

Granted, we live in a word populated by the likes of One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer and Il Volo – but this isn’t what Corden’s looking for.

“I’m aware that boy bands haven’t gone away,” he continued. “But now they just stand on stage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers and some of them – some of them – even have the audacity to pick up instruments. That is not what I want in a boy band. I want matching outfits. I want synchronized dancing and way-over-budget music videos. That’s why, boy bands, we’re bringing you back!”

With that, the Backstreet Boys appeared on the stage, shrouded in a dramatic haze of smoke. Corden, clad in a matching black jacket, joined them for a spirited – and well choreographed – version of their 1997 classic, “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).”

Watch the hilarious clip above.

That wasn’t the only celeb Corden went up against on the show. That same episode, he went head-to-head with Olympic icon Usain Bolt (and Owen Wilson) in a 100-meter dash in the CBS Television City parking lot.

Spoiler alert: Bolt was faster.