What began as a thoughtful rendition of Leonard Cohen’s classic “Hallelujah” went awry when Wiig either wouldn’t or just couldn’t correctly pronounce the eponymous lyric of the whole song. First, it was with a hard “j,” then it was a “ha-lee-howya,” and then a “holy-luau” — and each time Corden stopped the whole thing to correct her.
“What are you freaking out about it? Let’s sing the song!” she exclaimed to her anxious duet partner.
“I would love to! I would love nothing more than to sing the f—ing song! It’s a beautiful, peaceful song that will heal the whole world — if we get it right,” Corden shouted.
It was frustrating for the Late Late Show host because it wasn’t like there were technical malfunctions — as with his duet with Kristen Bell. But when he was ready to throw in the towel, Wiig offered some comforting words: “James, look at me. Don’t let ISIS win.”
She eventually got the lyrics right for a split second, but then the gospel choir — that Wiig had warmed up beforehand — came in and Corden was fuming again.
Watch their musical moment in the clip above.