The comically dazzling musical finale kicked off with Corden behind the piano playing and singing the opening verse, which served up a new take on the British rockers’ smash hit “Don’t Stop Me Now.” The championship-focused lyrics detailed the playoffs game between the New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, which ended with the Pats securing their place in Super Bowl LIII.
Corden crooned, “Tonight, I think we’ve had ourselves a real good game/Pats feel the same/And Mahomes threw for three touchdowns, yeah/A classic shootout in the AFC but/The show’s ending now.”
The audience cheered as the Emmy-winning talk show host introduced Lambert, who currently serves as the touring frontman for Queen. Lambert is known for bringing a high-energy, vocally powerful performance. He didn’t disappoint in this hilarious sketch. Corden and Lambert make fantastic duet partners. They both excel in delivering amped-up showmanship to an audience. And, you never know what sort of shenanigans Corden will pull at any given moment.
“Don’t Stop Me Now” is one of many infectious, feel-good songs in Queen’s extensive catalog. Football lovers everywhere undoubtedly appreciated the playoffs twist on it, with the lyrics highlighting several of the crucial game’s major plays.
The performance also featured splashy, football fanfare including dancing cheerleaders, balloons in both teams’ colors and a celebratory confetti shower. Lambert even chest-bumped Corden at the end. Maybe these two could join Maroon 5 as special guests at this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show. They’ve certainly got the energy for it.
Watch James Corden and Adam Lambert’s “The Show’s Ending Now” performance above.
The Los Angeles Rams and the New England Patriots will face off for Super Bowl LIII on Feb. 3. The game will air on CBS, with kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET/3:30 p.m. PT.