Everyone that's ever watched US Entertainment television knows The Late Late Show with James Corden and his Carpool Karaoke. We watched James text Leonardo DiCaprio from J.Lo's phone, saying "I'm kind of feeling like I need to cut loose", signing it: "J.Lo. You know, from the block." And then we watched in glee as DiCaprio texts back, "You mean tonight, boo boo, club-wise?" And who could forget Adele rapping Nicki Minaj's verse in Monster – an episode that was watched 90 million times in two months.
There's a reason Carpool Karaoke is so good and it's because it makes us laugh, we're entertained by the rapport between the driver and the musicians, and watching musicians sing their own songs in car is, well, just cool. So, we're super excited about the Arabic version that launched a month ago. In the first episode of Carpool Karaoke Arabia on Dubai VT, host Hisham Al-Hwish, former Star Academy winner, is in the car with Lebanese singing sensation, Elissa. They start off on an awkward note, when Hisham asks Elissa as she's walking into the car, are you always in a bad mood?
She walks out of the car before he manages to cajole her back in,promising to be good for their ride together. Another tense moment is when he calls her Maya by mistake. Major faux pax Hisham. But it all makes for good TV, though.
There's been a few more episodes since the first, and our conclusion is – while it's definitely not like the original version, there's potential there. We're hoping to see more intimate conversations with our Arab favorites if the show gains popularity.