TORONTO — The news reports coming in from Grand Bahama and the Abaco Islands are heartbreaking, and the images even more so.
LAS VEGAS — No, it wasn’t a mirage floating atop the Bellagio Hotel’s fountain. Celine Dion really was sailing across the water at the bow of a small replica of the ‘Titanic’.
The publicity stunt was part of the Canadian songbird’s ‘Carpool Karaoke’ segment, a popular feature on ‘The Late Late Show’ starring TV host James Corden. In addition to their ‘remake’ of the iconic scene in ‘Titanic’, the 15-minute sketch included scenes of the two celebrities driving around Sin City, singing Dion’s biggest hit songs, and even giving away her shoes to passersby.
Upon being picked up my Corden in his car, Dion jokingly said, “I just have a day off once a year and you caught me on that day.”
From there, Dion sets forth across the strip with Corden at the wheel. She pounces on every opportunity to answer his questions with the hook of a classic pop song.
“Are you excited for this?” he asks as Dion responds with the chorus of the Pointer Sisters hit “I’m So Excited.”
A few minutes later, he challenges the songstress to imbue the viral kids song “Baby Shark” with the stirring emotion she’s known for, complete with her trademark chest pound.
Corden eventually brings up Dion’s colossal shoe collection, which she estimates at between 3,000 and 5,000 pairs. Corden interjects with rumours it’s closer to 10,000.
“Maybe. I didn’t want to say it,” Dion admits. When asked where she stores them all, she said, “I have a place in Las Vegas — let’s call it a warehouse.”
Corden then pressures her to part ways with a few shoes he’s tucked in the backseat. She reluctantly obliges, passing them out to starstruck passersby on the street.
The segment ends with the pair pulling into the Bellagio Hotel and Casino for a grand finale of ‘My Heart Will Go On’, each of them dressed as title characters Jack and Rose in an iconic scene from the blockbuster ‘Titanic’.
As she and Corden stand at the bow of a small replica of the Titanic floating in the hotel’s sprawling fountain, Dion caps off the performance by dropping a replica Heart of the Ocean blue diamond necklace into the water.
Dion wraps up her Vegas residency in June. It’s set to be followed by a world tour that kicks off in Quebec City on Sept. 18.
With file from The Canadian Press