Today saw Michael, 56, and Sara, 43, presented This Morning as usual hosts Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield enjoy their summer holiday.
However, today’s phone-in left Sara lost for words as viewers on the ITV show rang up to ask agony aunt Deidre to discuss the difficulties involved in wanting to tell a loved one they need to lose weight.
One guest, “John” began: “I just wanted to say thank you for letting me come through today and give you a call.”
However, it transpired “John” wasn’t all that he seemed.
He continued: “I love you Deidre, I love you very much but I’m actually calling because I’m a huge Michael Ball fan.
“And I just wanted to give you a call because I saw you presenting This Morning and I just wanted to say hello Michael!”
A obliging host, Michael then bid a friendly “hello” to the caller.
Sara asked: “Did you want some help with your partner? Is that right?”
He confessed: “No, thank you. My partner’s fine. I just wanted to speak with Michael because he’s such a beautiful man. I love Michael so much.
“Michael, listen, I actually sing with you sometimes in the shower.”
“Do you?” Michael asked, before his face made it clear he knew who he was really taking to.
“I thought I recognised your voice!” Michael declared before the text on screen revealed it was really Alfie Boe on the line.
“How did you get it that quick?” Alfie, 44, questioned. “I’ve been practicing all morning!”
Michael laughed “It’s Alfie Boe! You swine! You frightened the life out of me then.”
“It’s not often I’m speechless,” Sara admitted.
Meanwhile, those watching at home were tickled by the moment, and some thought Michael looked rather shocked.
“Today Michael Ball, I’m going to be John but really I’m Alfie Boe #Thismorning,” one joked.
Another observed: “Michael ball s**t his pants when Alfie first started to speak. Don’t think he knew where it the call was going #thismorning.”
“Hahaha it’s Alfie Boe on #thismorning jokes,” a third stated.
A fourth added: “Omg!!! Its Alfie Boe #Thismorning.”
This Morning airs weekdays at 10.30am on ITV.