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Alan Carr shows off ‘toned abs’ in sensational Royal Variety Show performance

Presenter Alan Carr shows off his 'toned abs' during this year's Royal Variety Performance on ITV, when he performs onstage with the Messoudi Brothers.

A clip from the upcoming event shows Alan walking onstage wearing a false abs, to mirror the muscular Messoudi Brothers stars, saying "I did a bit of Joe Wicks during lockdown. Is that a crime?"

After flexing his 'muscles', the audience including the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge can be seen laughing and cheering.

Alan goes on to say: "If the producers of Love Island are watching, call me."

Standing with the Messoudi Brothers, the presenter then asks the audience if they would like to see how strong he is, before saying that he is going to pick up one of the brothers while sitting down on the stage in a daring stunt.

One of the Messoudi Brothers, who are known for their hand to hand acrobatic performances, then lifts himself onto Alan's shoulders in a display of skill that is set to wow viewers during the sensational act.

The breathtaking act is one of many to look forward to at The Royal Variety Performance 2021, including Tony award winning Moulin Rouge, the Royal Shakespeare Company's Matilda the Musical and Luzia by Cirque du Soleil.

There will also be huge musical performances from Ed Sheeran, Rod Stewart, Anne-Marie, Years and Years, James Blunt, Gregory Porter, Carly Paoli and Elvis Costello.

The event will be held in the presence of their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, and talking about the night, host Alan Carr said: "There are lots of surprises and there is something for everyone.

"From the soul of Gregory Porter to the legend Rod Stewart, from Ed Sheeran to James Blunt, great comedy and acrobatic surprises, it’s such great show."

He also added that despite the initial shock of being asked to host the Royal Variety Performance this year, it was a "dream come true" to be hosting a programme he grew up watching.

"I absolutely loved it," said Alan, adding: "when I first got asked to do it in 2005 when I was unknown and I hadn’t even been on the telly, there I was with Shirley Bassey and Cliff Richard.

"Just thinking back to 2005 just sitting in the canteen in Cardiff with Shirley Bassey, The Blue Man Group, Cliff Richard it just felt all very odd and now I’m the one hosting and that’s the wonderful thing about showbiz these kinds of things happen."

The Royal Variety Performance, Sunday 19th December at 7.20pm on ITV and ITV Hub.

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