“Carpool Karaoke” welcomed Kelly Clarkson on Wednesday to continue its weird insistence that a passenger is somehow capable of helping James Corden get through traffic faster. (It really does that regularly. “Is there any way you could help me get to work?” the segment opens. “The traffic is terrible.”) In its own way, it’s a beautifully absurd way to open the segment. And, to its credit, traffic does always seem pretty light once they’re driving around.
Clarkson joins Corden to cruise around and sing hits like “Since You’ve Been Gone” and “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” More importantly, Corden tries to prove to Clarkson that she can make anything sound good. He asks her to sing mundane lines like, “Do you want the receipt or should I put it in the bag?” She has to try to prove him right, despite looking a little shy about it.