Saturday 18 November 2017

Daniel O'Donnell keen to try some fancy Irish footwork if he survives Strictly voting

Kristina Rihanoff with Strictly Come Dancing partner, singer Daniel O'Donnell
Kristina Rihanoff with Strictly Come Dancing partner, singer Daniel O'Donnell
Daniel O’Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff
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 has said he hopes to slip some Irish dancing into Strictly.

The Donegal singing star (53) appeared on the smash-hit BBC competition last night and admitted he's hoping to show off some home-grown moves - if he's not voted out of the competition next weekend.

Daniel and his Strictly Come Dancing professional partner Kristina Rihanoff waltzed last night to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling sung by the late Belfast star Ruby Murray.

"I was showing Kristina some of the steps of a barn dance, so if I last long enough you might see some of that in the future dances on Strictly," said Daniel.

"I don't know if the judges will appreciate it, but we're definitely talking about slipping in some steps."


Speaking ahead of his performance, Daniel admitted he was feeling the pressure of dancing on live TV.

"I'm as nervous as hell. I might looked chilled, but I'm not a bit," he told RTE's Today Show.

"We've done an awful lot of rehearsal and Kristina is a brilliant teacher.

"It's just up to me now to settle my nerves and display some of what I've learned."

Daniel's family, including wife Majella and month- old granddaughter Olivia, flew to London to cheer him on during his first show, with Majella tweeting a picture of the singer and the baby ahead of his appearance.

"So nervous and excited for Daniel. I know he will be great," Majella wrote.

Along with Daniel's stint on TV, he and Majella are gearing up for their B&B Roadtrip series to be broadcast next month.

With the hype surrounding Strictly, UTV head of channel Mary Curtis admitted the station is keen not only to recommission the programme, but to also sell it to foreign broadcasters.

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC One this evening at 6.15pm.

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