TodayApril 15, 2022

James Corden wouldn’t sing with me at the Land Rover unveil

The Late Late Show with James Corden

In my book, you don’t get much bigger, more affable than James Corden. To me he is the epitome of wholesome fun, just watching him makes me smile. So, of course, when I saw him at the HD Buttercup in downtown Los Angeles the night before the 2017 L.A. Auto Show I had to go up and ask him the one question he probably gets asked the most, would you sing with me.

Mind you; I can’t sing. I can’t carry a tune. I don’t even have a favorite song. The three of us stood behind him for a good ten minutes trying to decide what song I would ask him to sing with me. I think we came up Somewhere over the Rainbow because it was the only song we knew all the words to. The big moment was here, I stepped up, tapped him on the shoulder, and asked him. In ever so British fashion he turned me down, “not right now” he replied. OMG, he’s just so adorable even when he’s telling me No! Dejected, rejected,

I went on into the buttercup lounge for the unveiling of the Jaguar Land Rover vehicles. A first for Land Rover and Jaguar in the United States were the Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in each of its three unique categories (SVAutobiography, SVX, and SVR) with the debut of the new 2018 Range Rover SVAutobiography, Land Rover Discovery SVX, and 2018 Range Rover Sport SVR.

Not to be outdone, Land Rover and Jaguar brought out their hometown celebrities, Land Rover’s chief designer Gerry McGovern and Jaguar’s Chief designer Ian Callum. Not that I asked, but I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t sing with me either. But the cars they create, those vehicles can sing, and move.

As I left the buttercup lounge I realize the problem was I picked the wrong song; if only I had told Corden that the song I wanted to sing was What’s New Buttercup?

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

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