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Sunday 11 December 2016

Irish Eyes Are Smiling for Daniel O'Donnell's first Strictly dance

Daniel O'Donnell with his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff before the start of this year's BBC1 dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing.
Daniel O'Donnell with his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff before the start of this year's BBC1 dance competition, Strictly Come Dancing.

He's been holed up in rehearsals for weeks but Daniel O'Donnell's first performance on Strictly Come Dancing has finally been revealed.

The popular singer will make his dance floor debut with a waltz to Ruby Murray's When Irish Eyes Are Smiling alongside his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Six couples will dance tomorrow night, with the remaining nine, including Daniel, taking to the dance floor on Saturday evening.

Meanwhile, Daniel's new best pal Peter Andre is set to dance the cha-cha-cha with partner Janette Manrana to Christina Aguilera's Ain't No Other Man.

Boxer Anthony Ogogo and his partner Oti Mabuse, who have been forced to deny rumours that they had a falling out in rehearsals, will dance the jive to Wham's Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.

scoring

The judges - Len Goodman, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Craig Revel Horwood - will be scoring dancers but none of the couples will be going home this weekend.

Their scores will be carried over until the week after when members of the public will vote for their favourite celebrities to remain on.

Daniel will be counting on his dedicated fans who have been sending cash to their relatives in the UK to vote for him.

The 53-year-old says it "shows true dedication" from his loyal followers.

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