25 October 2020 18:40

In her monologue at the start, Adele had announced she wouldn’t be singing.


The highlight of Adele's hosting of the American comedy institution Saturday Night Live came during an unfunny parody of the reality show The Bachelor. With microphone in hand, Adele strode off the stage and into the studio audience, belting out the opening line to her 2011 hit Someone Like You. This was a reminder of the stunning vocal virtuosity of the reclusive singer. It was also a demonstration of just what was missing through the rest of the 90 minutes. In her monologue at the start, Adele had announced she wouldn't be singing. She was simply "too scared" to act and deliver a tune at the same time.

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"I'd rather just put on some wigs, have a glass of wine or six and see what happens."). Adele further revealed that her next album – the details of which are swaddled in mystery – isn't even "half-finished". And she used her big introduction at the top of the broadcast to humorously acknowledge the "controversy" – more accurately, the synthetic online version of controversy – regarding her recent weight loss. "I know I look really, really different since you last saw me," said the 32-year-old. "But actually, because of all the Covid restrictions... I had to travel light and I could only bring half of me… And this is the half I chose." She proceeded to skewer her reputation for dropping f-bombs on air. "I always get very nervous on live TV, but tonight especially so, because I swear a lot. And because I'm British I tend to skip all those medium ones and go straight to the worst ones."