Alan Carr stepped in after Adele broke down in tears. (ITV)
Alan Carr was forced to step in and entertain the audience during ITV’s An Audience With Adele when the singer broke down in tears after reuniting with her childhood English teacher.
The star-studded audience included Idris Elba, Stormzy, Emma Watson, David Tenant and Emma Thompson, whose iconic dance moves almost stole the show.
Here’s every time Emma Thompson danced tonight.
— Scott Bryan (@scottygb) November 21, 2021
— ᴍᴀʀɪᴀᴍ ˡᵒᵛᵉˢ ᴬᵈᵉˡᵉ³⁰ (@adelesmuffin) November 21, 2021
At one point, Thompson stood up to ask Adele if she had been “supported” and “inspired” by a particular person when she was younger.
Adele said that her English teacher, Miss McDonald at Chestnut Grove school in Balham, was “so bloody cool, so engaging”, and added: “She really made us care and we knew that she cared about us.”
Thompson then revealed that the teacher was actually in the audience, prompting Adele to immediately burst into tears.
During the emotional reunion, Adele told the teacher that she “changed her life”, and tearfully joked that she would need to have her makeup redone.
After the teacher left the stage, Adele called on friend Alan Carr to take the reins while she composed herself. She told the band: “Play ‘Make You Feel My Love’ and get Alan to sing it.”
Carr’s screeching rendition had the audience in hysterical laughter, and on her return, Adele said: “Now that’s a true friend.”
We all have that one teacher who changed our life… such a beautiful reunion! ❤️
— ITV (@ITV) November 21, 2021
ALAN CARR FOR KING #AnAudienceWithAdele
— nick grimshaw (@grimmers) November 21, 2021
Viewers were delighted by the “chaotic” ITV special, which followed a US special – Adele One Night Only – on CBS earlier this month.
Theatre producer Ric Watts wrote on Twitter: “I’m loving how low key chaotic the British Adele special is compared to the US one.
“Who needs a Hollywood sunset when you can have Alan Carr filling in while her make up gets touched up following an emotional ambush via a drunk Emma Thompson?”
I’m loving how low key chaotic the British Adele special is compared to the US one. Who needs a Hollywood sunset when you can have Alan Carr filling in while her make up gets touched up following an emotional ambush via a drunk Emma Thompson.
— Ric Watts (@ricwatts) November 21, 2021
I love everything about this moment 😂 Get yourself a friendship like Adele and Alan Carr’s pic.twitter.com/ExoZv5azWB
— Tilly Pearce (@tillyjeanette) November 21, 2021
Another Twitter user wrote: “If Alan Carr getting up to sing “Make You Feel My Love” while Adele gets her makeup fixed doesn’t describe British culture, I dunno what will.”