From Adele to One Direction, Stevie Wonder, Justin Bieber and Mariah Carey, a who's who of musical heavyweights have taken part in James Corden's Carpool Karaoke segment of The Late, Late Show - and his next guest certainly fits the bill. Sir Elton John is set to appear with James in the hugely popular skit, to join James for a sing-along as they drive around in a car.
Ben Winston – James' childhood friend and executive producer of The Late, Late Show - revealed the high-profile signing while speaking recently to Vulture.
Elton John will be the star of James Corden's next Carpool Karaoke
"Elton is a really iconic name," Ben said. "Whatever age you are, you love him. He's got a back catalogue that goes for years. When we booked him, we were just punching the air."
Unlike Adele's recent segment which was filmed in rainy London, James filmed with Elton in LA – but, Ben said, "It was London weather!"
"It was fantastic," he added. "Elton is just the most charming, wonderful guy."
A number of big names have taken part in the skit, but it was the attention generated by Stevie's Carpool Karaoke – which sent the singer’s 2002 greatest hits compilation to the top of the UK charts – that really got artists sitting up and paying attention, Ben said.
Stevie Wonder's appearance marked a "turning point"
"Suddenly it wasn't such a long shot to be asking your Rod Stewarts and your Elton Johns and your Coldplays," he remarked. "That was probably a turning point for us."
Elton is currently on his Behind the Piano tour, preparing for a nine-day set in Las Vegas before jetting over to Paris in February.
This week, he took to the stage in LA – where he paid poignant tribute to the late David Bowie. Elton was filming a special just two days after David passed away, and after delivering an instrumental cover of David's iconic 1969 hit Space Oddity, reflected on David's legacy during a Q&A session.
"We all know how inspiring he is. We all know that his music stands," he said. "We don't have to say anything about his music because it speaks for itself. He was innovative, he was boundary-changing and he danced to his own tune – which in an artist is really rare."