The BTS takeover on The Late Late Show With James Corden isn’t over yet — “Carpool Karaoke” is just around the corner. On Jan. 28, the South Korean band stopped by the CBS late-night series to perform “Black Swan” and give an interview about their comeback album, Map of the Soul: 7. Now, the septet — RM, Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Jimin, V, and Jungkook — are set to cause some chaos with Corden in the highly-anticipated pre-recorded segment. So when will BTS be on “Carpool Karaoke” for The Late Late Show? The special will air soon — here’s everything you need to know.
The BTS ‘Carpool Karaoke’ on ‘The Late Late Show With James Corden’ air date and time
BTS previously appeared as The Late Late Show’s musical guest on Jan. 28. They performed their first single, “Black Swan,” delved into Map of the Soul: 7 ahead of the Feb. 21 release, and played a fun game of hide-and-seek with Corden and Ashton Kutcher.
Then as advertised, on Tuesday, Feb. 25, the late-night show will air the BTS “Carpool Karaoke” segment in the episode featuring Adam Pally and Mo Rocca. The episode will start airing at 12:37 a.m. EST. This is technically early morning on Wednesday, Feb. 26.
Even so, The Late Late Show airs for an hour-long and will run until 1:37 a.m. EST. And as always, please check your local TV listings for any changes and updates.
Now, you can tune into The Late Late Show as it premieres on CBS. Nevertheless, if you can’t watch the BTS “Carpool Karaoke” segment as it airs live, then you can always catch the clip later online through the network’s website or CBS All Access for the full episode. It’s also likely the BTS’ “Carpool Karaoke” special will be uploaded to The Late Late Show’s YouTube channel shortly after its debut.
BTS members RM and Suga discuss filming ‘Carpool Karaoke’ with James Corden
The BTS “Carpool Karaoke” segment was filmed long before the Feb. 25 show. Then in the midst of the group’s Map of the Soul: 7 promotions, some of the members opened up about taping the Late Late Show special.
In an interview with RADIO.COM, Suga shared how he really felt about being in the trunk of the van, something ARMY brought up after Corden shared the first teaser for “Carpool Karaoke.” And as you might have guessed from the tight space, the “Shadow” rapper wasn’t all-too comfortable.
“We were in the way back and they had all the recording equipment in the back. So it was really hot, actually,” Suga said. “It was me, V, Jin. And we were burning up back there.”
He continued: “A lot of groups that go on the show don’t have as many people as us. It was a nice car — a Range Rover — but we were packed in there.”
Meanwhile, when speaking with Entertainment Tonight, RM explained how BTS filmed “Carpool Karaoke” for The Late Late Show.
“It took like three, four hours,” the leader said. “I heard that it was the biggest car they ever rented because we’re seven. It was some kind of van and it was really hot.”
RM also shared his surprise that Corden didn’t actually drive the van while recording the segment.
“There were, like, 16 cameras inside, and Corden was not really driving,” he said. “I didn’t know. I really thought he drove it. But safety first.”
Now, RM’s reaction is totally understandable. Merely a few weeks ago, the same revelation bamboozled the world. A viral video of Corden and guest Justin Beiber revealed the “Carpool Karaoke” van being towed while filming. And of course, the Late Late Show host had to explain himself.
“I know this looks bad,” Corden said, referencing the video. “But I just want to say that I always drive the car unless we’re doing something where we think it might not be safe — like a dance routine or a costume change or if I’m drunk.”
He later added: “Ninety-five percent of the time I really am endangering the lives of the world’s biggest pop stars. But this is a TV show. Not everything is real … I just thought that we all knew this and I’m sorry that you were so deep into the reality of ‘Carpool Karaoke.’ But it’s TV and sometimes we do stuff just for the sake of entertainment.”