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28th Oct 2023

Daniel O’Donnell had Ricky Tomlimson rolling with two great Late Late Show comments

Patrick McCarry

Daniel O'Donnell

It’s the way he tells ’em.

Daniel O’Donnell has been a Late Late Show staple for many of year, and he brought the goods for new host Patrick Kielty, on Friday.

The singer performed two songs and was a lively presence in the guest chairs as he riffed with Kielty and then actor and musician Ricky Tomlinson, during his stint.

Kielty has leaned into the chat show device used by some American versions, and Graham Norton, of keeping some of his guests out longer so they can interact with the next person up. It has been hit or miss, or bizarre, so far [see Liam Brady and Jean Claude Van Damme, last week] but it worked a treat in the latest outing.

When Kielty showed a picture, on his TV screen, of Ricky Tomlinson naked, save a strategically placed banjo, for a 2001 album released by the Royle Family star, O’Donnell was quick as a whip.

“Well, I’ll tell you something now – you’re fella lucky to have a big banjo like that!”

After a huge laugh, from all parties and the studio audience, Kielty eventually chimed in, “It’s very true. I could only manage a ukulele!”

O’Donnell, glint in his eye now, was not done yet.

“I’d also need a mouth organ, myself!”

Daniel O'Donnell

Daniel O’Donnell duets with Patrick Kielty

Patrick Kielty asked Daniel O’Donnell for a few bars of his classic tune, I Just Wanna Dance With You, and fortunately had a microphone to hand when the singer aceded.

“C sharp,” O’Donnell said to the house band. “Make sure it’s sharp as I’ll probably flatten it, anyway.”

As if that wasn’t enough, Kielty was in dress-up mood again and joined in, as ‘Wee Daniel’, for a croon.

A night of music and merriment in Montrose, with Daniel O’Donnell leading the charge.

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