On Wednesday night, Madonna got into the groove by getting into James Corden’s car.
Sure, plenty of her songs were covered in this latest installment of Carpool Karaoke on The Late Late Show. The duo cruised through the ’80s (skipping her first two albums but hitting “Papa Don’t Preach” and “Express Yourself”), into the ’90s (“Vogue,” executed with the hand/head poses, and “Ray of Light”), and through 2000s (“Music,” which she performed with half of her body hanging out of the car), right up until the 2010s (“Bitch I’m Madonna” was enhanced with some twerking, which required a brief seatbelt removal). There was even Evita. (“Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” which perhaps best showed off Madonna’s voice).
But it was their car chat that will grab the most headlines, as Corden pressed her on her friendship with the late Michael Jackson, specifically what it was like to spend a night out/in with the King of Pop. “So you want me to kiss and tell then, don’t you?” she asked. “Did you kiss?” he asked, fully engrossed. “Of course,” she said. “I mean, baby, I’ve been around.” Full French kissing, asked Corden? “Yeah, tongue-in-mouth kissing.” Madonna claimed that she hasn’t had the chance to talk about it because no one ever asks her about it. And in case you were wondering, Madonna leaned in to kiss him, not the other way around, because Jackson is a “little bit shy… However, he was a willing accomplice. I did get him to loosen up with a glass of chardonnay. And it did wonders.”
Madonna also spent a fair amount of time making fun of Corden’s red plaid shirt, calling it “very Seattle 1990s,” after chiding him for not going after a bus that cut him off (“You’re a p—-y,” she razzed him indelicately). She also demonstrated some leg flexibility (which Corden couldn’t come close to matching), noted that she doesn’t smoke or drink or party (“I’m quite square…. I go home and I’m Julie Andrews”), and revealed that she wanted to be a nun when she was growing up. “I like their uniform. It’s kind of perverse,” she shared. “I imagined all sorts of things were going on underneath that big long robe. You know I’ve been excommunicated, like, three times.”
By Dan Snierson