When Madonna was in the car with James Corden she tried to shock us all by announcing she made out with Michael Jackson once, and Corden, at least, seemed surprised. Bruno Mars gives away almost no personal details in his Carpool Karaoke segment, but he’s far more delightful to watch.
At some point in every Carpool Karaoke, James Corden will do two things: dress up as his guest (which he does) and try to get them to share something intimate. When Corden tries to ask about how Mars used to support himself gambling, though, he closes up a bit and they end up trying to bluff each other with invisible cards. Still, Bruno Mars’ music is well-suited to singing at top volume in the car (I thought I was sick of hearing “Uptown Funk,” but apparently I’m not!), and the whole thing is a fun time.
Bruno Mars may be the perfect pop star. He makes everything look good, and if there is a deeper story, you don’t really need to know it to enjoy him.