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James Corden is trying to turn Carpool Karaoke into a standalone show

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It could be his version of Lip Sync Battle

The Late Late Show's James Corden is turning his popular Carpool Karaoke series into a full show in its own right. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Corden and executive producer Ben Winston are selling networks on a standalone version of his signature segment, which features Corden and a celebrity musician — think Adele, Justin Bieber, and One Direction — singing along to the artist's originals and choice covers while on the road. There's a solid precedent in place: Lip Sync Battle has become a hit for Spike after starting its run as part of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and it's still part of Fallon's version of The Tonight Show even as it's airing separately on Spike.

It's important for Corden to get the show on the air quickly, because competition is on the way. Spike is getting ready to premiere its own take on the "celebrities singing in cars" craze, Caraoke Showdown. It'll be hosted by Craig Robinson, and it's supposed to debut later this year as a half-hour special. The shows won't be identical — there'll be a game show element to Spike's show that's missing from Corden's segments — but there might not be room for two distinct shows about famous people performing their own music in vehicles. Either way, Corden's role in a Carpool Karaoke spinoff is going to be largely behind-the-scenes: he'll produce the show and appear occasionally, but he's not planning on serving as the show's host.