On quest to bring back boy bands, James Corden performs with Backstreet Boys

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James Corden is a man on a mission.

The host of The Late Late Show promoted a cause near and dear to his heart—the return of boy bands.

“I care about this more maybe more than anything else on the planet, OK? Because we are bringing back boy bands,” he said during the show Tuesday night.

“I’m talking proper boy bands. Five guys together. I’m talking about 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.”

Corden took a shot at the current crop of boy bands—like One Direction—and said things have gotten worse since the days when the Backstreet Boys, NSYNC and 98 Degrees ruled the charts.

“I am aware that boy bands haven’t gone away. But now they just stand on stage wearing skinny jeans and Vans sneakers. Some of them—some of them—even have the audacity to pick up instruments. That is not what I want in a boy band!”

4 Fast Facts

  • James Corden says he wants to bring back boy bands
  • He’s says current boy bands aren’t doing it right
  • Corden performed with the Backstreet Boys during the show
  • The group will began performing in Las Vegas in March 2017

So what does a great boy band need? Corden laid it all out.

“I want matching outfits, synchronized dancing, and way over-budget music videos. That’s why, boy bands, we’re bringing you back.”

There’s no better way to start than by bringing back one of the top-selling boy bands of all time: the Backstreet Boys.

The group sang “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)”—with a little help from Corden, who joined them onstage for a performance that included plenty of synchronized dancing to go along with the over-produced stage show.

It’s hard to believe Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson have been around for more than 20 years!

The Backstreet Boys will begin their “Larger Than Life” residency at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on March 1, 2017. Tickets go on sale Oct. 1.


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