As part of Friday’s Adele at the BBC special, the singer teamed up with BBC host Graham Norton for a lighthearted prank where a disguised Adele hung out with a group of unsuspecting Adele impersonators. For the gag, the 25 singer sported a fake nose and chin, altered her manner of speaking (to make her sound more like a nanny) and changed her name to “Jenny.” She then traveled backstage to hang out with the rest of the Adele impersonators.
During their backstage chats, Adele even poked fun at the nearly five-year wait for 25: When one of the impersonators mentions that she can’t wait for the new Adele album, the real Adele quipped, “Taking her time.” She also commiserated with her fellow impersonators, saying her business has slowed lately, as there isn’t much demand for Adele.
The prank ends almost immediately when Adele’s Jenny finally hits the stage for her audition, a performance of “Make You Feel My Love.” Nearly instantaneously, after Adele’s unmistakable vocals are heard pouring out of Jenny, it clicked among the impersonators that Jenny from backstage was actually Adele in disguise. According to Buzzfeed, the prank was taped several weeks ago, with the impersonators sworn to secrecy until it aired. When filming concluded, Adele hung out with the impersonators some more and even sang with them.