Monday 26 September 2016

'You've done good for my street cred' - Daniel O'Donnell makes his The Late Late Show superfan's dream come true with holiday phone call

Sasha Brady

Published 23/02/2016 | 09:29

Molly-Kate is overjoyed when she thinks her idol Daniel O'Donnell is on stage at the Late Late Show Valentine's Special.
Molly-Kate is overjoyed when she thinks her idol Daniel O'Donnell is on stage at the Late Late Show Valentine's Special.
Mario Rosenstock impersonating Daniel O'Donnell on the Late Late Show
Daniel and Majella O’Donnell. Photo: Maxwells

Daniel O'Donnell has made his The Late Late Show superfan's dreams come true by surprising her with a holiday phone call.

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Mary-Kate Sloan, the girl whose disappointed face was captured on The Late Late Show, received a surprise phone call from Daniel O'Donnell on Tuesday.

The Donegal crooner surprised the the Cork woman by calling her live on air on the Ryan Turbidy Show on RTE.

"We're away on holidays and somebody sent a message saying there was a girl on The Late Late Show and she was really disappointed when Mario came on instead of me," he said.

Mario Rosenstock impersonating Daniel O'Donnell on the Late Late Show
Mario Rosenstock impersonating Daniel O'Donnell on the Late Late Show

"I'm sure you've done more good for my street cred than I've done yours," he told his delighted superfan.

Mary-Kate became an internet sensation due to her disappointed reaction on the show's Valentine's Day special.

The events worker was expecting Daniel O'Donnell to walk out on the RTE stage but her expression quickly changed from joy to disgust when she realised it was Mario Rosenstock doing his Daniel O'Donnell impression.

But on Tuesday, Daniel made up for the disappointment and offered Mary-Kate an invite to his upcoming Killarney gig.

"I hope you'll be able to come to Killarney to one of the shows in August and it will be lovely to meet you. Good on you. You have great taste.

When asked what he thought of Mario's impression of him, Daniel had a cheeky response.

Daniel and Majella O’Donnell. Photo: Maxwells
Daniel and Majella O’Donnell. Photo: Maxwells

"I'm amazed that he keeps imitating me so often.

"I suppose it's strange from my point of view that you are going about what you're doing and somebody takes you off.

"It's strange that people would know you that much that someone would imitate you. But he hasn't perfected it yet.

"I don't watch it much but I did see that accent, the voice is very hard to do and I think there's only a couple of people that kind of get it close.

He also had a message for Mario saying: "Don't give up yet - you never know, you might get better."

Molly-Kate revealed yesterday that her love of 'Wee Daniel' stems from her grandmother.

"Since I was three-years-old, I would have listened to him and went to a few concerts with her when I was in Cork.

"I always liked him but then when I saw him on the B&B Roadtrip with Majella, I thought they came across great. I'm delighted I can go see him again.

She told Daniel that she was really looking forward to the gig, saying: "I'm delighted about August and I will see you there."

Daniel, in turn, said he was thrilled to know that he was appealing to a younger audience like Mary-Kate.

"In my case it's like when the politicians are getting younger you know you're getting older - my fans are getting younger and I'm getting old."

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