• Bailey Plaskow

Corden Brings Joy and Music With HomeFest

"Let's be honest, none of us really know what day it is"

These were the words of James Corden as he read his opening monologue at the start of this morning’s The Late Late Show: HomeFest.

After announcing performances from Billie Eilish, BTS, and more, Corden said the aim was to “bring some joy and some music”, before calling it the “strangest” show that he’d presented yet.

As someone who’s been in lockdown, I felt Corden spoke sympathetically whilst presenting from his garage. Understandably, mental struggle has risen over the past week, and having Corden reach out, and put on a show for families, as well as individuals living on their own, built a sense of togetherness, brining everyone together for an hour of entertainment.

Artists performed via video calls, a feature that we’ve all been using over the past week or so, and whilst the performances couldn’t match the glamour of being on a stage with studio lighting, they could relate with viewers, with John Legend singing in his dressing gown, and Billie Eilish and her brother Finneas both in tracksuits.

It was Dua Lipa who offered the most innovative performance of the night, who joined from her flat in London to sing ‘Don’t Start Now', with her full band and backup dancers all in individual video chat boxes.

Whilst ordinarily the program may have suffered technically due to the lack of camera shots or audience sound, we live in uncertain times, and so this was overlooked by viewers, who were brought joy.

On a personal note, I am one who is currently suffering, with question marks being raised as to when I will start work due to COVID19, however the show was able to distract me from these thoughts with entertainment.

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