James Corden hosted a primetime special from his garage with stars at home

On Sunday, Elton John hosted the iHeart Living Room Concert for America to raise money for relief efforts. The show featured performances from Alicia Keys, Dave Grohl, Backstreet Boys, Billie Eilish, Finneas, H.E.R., and Mariah Carey. Other stars like doctor-turned actor Ken Jeong, Lady Gaga, and Ellen DeGeneres thanked medical personnel and encouraged viewers to donate to the two charities being spotlighted during the concert, Feeding America and First Responders Children’s Foundation. Over $1 million was raised.

On Monday, James Corden took up the performance mantle and hosted a primetime special from his garage. They raised funds for Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation:

James Corden is bringing the entertainment and music world to living room couches across the country with the prime-time special “Homefest: James Corden’s Late Late Show Special” on Monday (CBS 10 EDT/PT)

The… special will feature Corden, from his garage, introducing stars from their own homes around the world — musical performances by BTS in South Korea, Andrea Bocelli performing in Italy, Dua Lipa in London, and Billie Eilish with Finneas O’Connell and John Legend in Los Angeles.

Magician David Blaine, Will Ferrell and others are also expected to make appearances.

Corden and the guests will encourage viewers to follow the CDC guidelines to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the show will raise money for the nonprofit Feed the Children and The CDC Foundation.

[From USA Today]

John Legend sang “Actions”

David Blaine did quarantine magic

BTS performed “Boy with Luv”

And Dua Lipa did “Don’t Start Now” with a remote assist from backup dancers, singers and musicians

There were also performances from Ben Platt and the cast of Dear Evan Hansen, Andrea Boccelli and Will Ferrell.

One of the messages that I’ve seen repeatedly on social media since the stay-at-home orders began are those celebrating all of the workers who are considered “essential,” and who are risking their lives every day to help other people. I’ve also seen reminders that when times are chaotic and terrible, like right now, people are turning to the arts for comfor and to connect with others. I hope we don’t forget either message when COVID-19 is no longer a threat. I’m grateful for Elton, for James, and for all of the people who are participating in these shows and impromptu Twitter and Instagram performances. They are trying to encourage people to be smart, and safe, and are trying to distract us, even if it’s just for a little while.




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  1. manda says:

    I wish I had known about this! I never watch the regular channels anymore

  2. Busyann says:

    Im so happy James did this. I fell down the BTS rabbit hole a few weeks ago after reading Lainey. They’re so good and Boy with Luv just makes you smile. We all need to smile a little more these days.

    • MellyMel says:

      Another BTS fan here, though for a few years, and they are good! And yes anything that makes you smile is so good, especially now.

      • Ai says:

        Yey fellow BTS fans. MOTS7 is still played daily while I am job hunting during these crazy times from home. It is hard and two interviews cancelled. So I was looking forward to this but the video isn’t available for me! I will keep looking for it. Lots of fans have donated to the two charities and more too. It has made me happier.

    • CBB says:

      Fell in love with BTS recently! They are so delightfully positive and talented. Wish they were covered on this site more.

  3. Chickaletta says:

    time to be shallow!

    has James Cordon had his little goatee for awhile? Because it’s working on him.

  4. JRenee says:

    I like the spirit behind this and online concerts etc.
    More of this please!

  5. Busyann says:

    I agree! More BTS here please. I’ll even take coverage in Links.

  6. Bubbled says:

    Yay! So glad to see other BTS fans here. I’ve loved them for a couple of years now. I think this is the first time they’ve been mentioned here, except maybe in a fashion rundown post? So disappointed for them (and for me) that they’ve had to cancel and postpone their concerts this year, though of course it had to be done. Luckily they have a TON of online content which they add to continually.

  7. Jerusha says:

    Bocelli was magnificent! The whole show was enjoyable, even artists I don’t normally follow. Good on them for doing this. And, yes, the BTS kids are cute as a bug in a rug.

  8. Jerusha says:

    Everyone, do yourself a favor and check out Joan Baez’ IG. She is doing at home performances, too. In her most recent, she did the great John Prine’s greatest song(imo), Hello, In There.

    Mary Chapin Carpenter is also doing songs from home with guest appearances by her dog, Angus.