He usually looks smart and suave, but tv presenter Dáithí Ó Sé found himself appearing more like Johnny English than James Bond at yesterday’s launch of this year’s Rose of Tralee International Festival.
The dashing host of the annual contest looked like he was in heaven as the gorgeous 32 contestants carried him as they posed for the RTE cameras, but suddenly came crashing down to earth – causing viewers at home much hilarity.
Rather than sulking about his fall from grace, however, the good-humoured tv star brushed himself off and laughed about the clumsy moment.
Dáithí will host the beloved entertainment show for the sixth time this year, when it runs from August 14 to 18, and has said he has “no nerves” when it comes to presenting it.
Speaking to TV Now this week, he said: “When you hit Tralee in the Friday you get really excited. It’s only telly, it’s not like I have anyone’s heart in my hands.
“Noone is going to die if I do something wrong. It’s a job where you go in and if you make a boo boo, who cares – you know what, they love it when you do!”
The 39-year-old described the gig as a “marathon”, adding that the days leading up to the main event are “intense”.
“I go to bed at around 10pm or 10.30pm every night because I have to be up early the next morning. I have to stay out of trouble, there’s lots of temptation down there to go out and have the craic!”
Dáithí also disclosed the advice previous host Ray D’Arcy passed down to him: “Make sure the clothes you wear on stage are light, it gets very hot up there. He also told me to go about the gig in my own way and that I’ll find that’s the best way. Ray was spot on on both accounts.”