'It's like a swimsuit' - Dáithí shapes up for Rose of Tralee with help of 'sauna suit'
Rose of Tralee host Dáithí Ó Sé has revealed that a "sauna suit" helped him get into shape for the festival this year.
"I try to mind myself this time every year," he said as he spoke about his fitness drive ahead of the event.
"I preach a lot of stuff during the winter on the 'Today Show' that you should be losing weight and how to mind yourself and be healthy. So I stick to that for about eight months of the show, and then the last month I find it very hard," said the host whose weaknesses are chocolate Hobnobs and Pop Tarts.
He said that he had to lose a stone. He found a "sauna suit" on Amazon, which has the effect of making the wearer sweat. The item is zipped up and "you get really, really warm".
"You have to be careful. You have to drink a lot of water, but it's brilliant. I got that during the summer. It cost about €30 or €40. I just Googled it and it came up. It's like a swimsuit. You wear it when you are out walking. You wear clothes over it," he explained.
"I was also walking five or six hours a day and I had no booze and I wasn't eating bread really, so there was a combination of everything."
He will be donning his tuxedo next Monday and Tuesday for the international festival, which will be televised live on both nights on RTÉ from the dome in Kerry.
It's his ninth year at the helm of the show, and he said he is all ready for what is shaping up to be the most physically challenging set of party pieces in Rose history.
"We have some fantastic, really interesting stories, and really diverse backgrounds again this year," he said.
Commenting on why the show has remained so popular, he said: "People like it because it's an event. Something's going to happen. Its like an All-Ireland final. There's going to be a winner so people are excited about that.
"Even if they are not excited, they are curious."