The TNT Boys with their idol Ariana Grande on the James Corden Show. Photo: Instagram (@thetntboys)

Filipino boy band the TNT Boys got a shock when their idol Ariana Grande unexpectedly joined them onstage midway through their performance on a late night American TV show. But like true professionals, the trio just kept on singing their hearts out.

Francis Concepcion, Mackie Empuerto and Keifer Sanchez were on the James Corden Show to compete in a new reality talent quest called The World’s Best and host Corden told them why his “favorite new boy band on planet Earth” had been invited to compete, CNN Philippines reported.

“I came to meet you … Your first words were, ‘Oh my God, you’ve met Ariana Grande’,” Corden told the boys, who were unaware that the American singer was listening backstage.

The band then launched into Jennifer Hudson’s song And I Am Telling You I’m Not Going, and were joined onstage on Grande, who quickly joined in. Despite their initial shock, the boys managed to complete the song and got a standing ovation from the audience.

“I am obsessed with you guys. You are so incredible. That was so beautiful,” Grande told them.

The trio have caused a sensation since they emerged on the music scene in 2017 in the Philippine talent competition Tawag Ng Tanghalan. They were invited to perform on both the UK and US versions of Little Big Shots and attracted millions of views on YouTube after impersonating the Bee Gees in the Philippine TV television show You Face Sounds Familiar.

They have also impersonated Grande, Nikki Minaj and Jessie J and recorded a hit song, Bang Bang.

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