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Emma Thompson’s ecstatic dancing during Adele’s ITV special goes viral

"I'm not a betting man but I think Rolling In The Deep is Emma Thompson's favourite Adele song"

By Patrick Clarke

Emma Thompson was one of many celebrities in the crowd (Photo: ITV)

Emma Thompson was spotted among the crowd of last night’s ITV special ‘An Audience With Adele’, with the actor’s wild dancing going viral on Twitter.

When Adele performed ‘Rolling In The Deep’ during a live performance to fans, family and celebrities at The London Palladium, cameras picked up on Thompson energetically dancing and urging others around her to do the same.

The moment quickly went viral online. “I’m not a betting man but I think Rolling In The Deep is Emma Thompson’s favourite Adele song,” said one viewer on Twitter.

It wasn’t the only time Thompson was spotted among the star-studded crowd at the London Palladium. She was also seen enjoying ‘Send My Love (To Your New Lover)’, with Adele herself at one point pointing her out among the crowd. “Hello, I’ve seen you all night dancing!” Adele said from the stage.

Thompson asked Adele a question during their exchange. “When you were younger, was there someone who supported you, inspired you or protected you from the trials and tribulations of life and inspired you to go on?”

After Adele recalled her English teacher Miss McDonald, who inspired a love of literature and lyrics, Thompson revealed that McDonald was in the audience. Adele was in tears as she welcomed her to the stage.

Other celebrities seen dancing with Thompson included Emma Watson, Michael McIntyre and Alan Carr, the latter of whom also performed on stage. While Adele took a break to reapply her make up after the exchange with McDonald, she handed the microphone to Carr who attempted a version of her song ‘Easy On Me’ to laughter from the crowd.

The broadcast drew comparisons to a similar US special, ‘For One Night Only’, which aired last week and featured an interview with Oprah Winfrey as well as another intimate gig.

“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,” said one viewer.

Idris Elba, Dua Lipa, Samuel L Jackson, and Stormzy were also in the crowd for the London show, as were survivors and firefighters from the 2017 Grenfell Tower fire.

The performance came a couple of days after the release of Adele’s massively anticipated new album ’30’. Largely written in response to her divorce from her husband of three years, Simon Konecki, ’30’ has been hailed as her “best album yet” by fans.