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Usher joins James Corden for a “Sexy Male Vocals Riff-off” on The Late Late Show


Terence Patrick ©2017 CBS Broadcasting, Inc. All Rights ReservedOn the Late Late Show with James Corden Thursday night, host James Corden complained to bandleader Reggie Watts that there just aren’t any sexy male vocalists anymore, except for himself.

James said, “I feel like there aren’t male artists out there doing sensual soulful vocals any more, you know? Like it’s not sexy any more, you know? Like I’ve done my part, I’m bringing sexy back.”  

The audience laughed as he added, “I think I’m probably the sexiest male vocalist alive.”

Then Usher, a guest on the night’s show, appeared and the audience went nuts. After some back and forth between the singer and the host, James said, “It sounds like you’re challenging me to a sexy male vocals riff-off.”

Then Usher introduced the a capella group, the Filharmonic and the showdown began. James kicked it off with a sweet version of K-Ci and Jo Jo’s “All My Life,” after which Usher joked, “This is going to be easier than I thought.”

Then Usher brought the house down with his version of Marvin Gaye‘s “Mercy Mercy Me.”

They were then joined by British theater star Luke Evans, also a guest on the night’s show, for a powerful take on Foreigner’s “I Want to Know What Love Is.” James admitted defeat, but Usher and Luke suggested that the three of them could be smooth sensual singers together.

Untied, they closed with a cover of Al Green‘s “Let’s Stay Together.”

Usher later joined James to promote the new Megastar app, for which he is the creative director. The app is “the world’s first entertainment and global talent competition app, where one contestant will win US 1 million dollars.”

The Late Late Show with James Corden airs weeknights at 12:37 on CBS.

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