Saturday 25 February 2017

'There'll be that much sparkle that you won't be able to look at me' - Daniel O'Donnell ahead of his Strictly debut tonight

Sarah-Jane Murphy

Daniel O'Donnell, Kristina Rihanoff and presenter Tess Daly
Daniel O'Donnell, Kristina Rihanoff and presenter Tess Daly
Daniel O'Donnell - Strictly Come Dancing

Daniel O'Donnell has said he is "nervous as hell" ahead of his Strictly Come Dancing debut tonight.

"I may look chilled but I assure you I'm not," he told RTE One's Today Show this afternoon.

"But we've done a lot of practicing and my partner Kristina is brilliant.

"I suppose all that's left is for me to settle my nerves and keep reminding myself that none of us will be perfect."

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The Irish ballad singer described his Strictly experience so far as 'fantastic'.

He assured fans that there will be an overwhelmingly Irish feel to his performance tonight as he is set to dance the waltz to 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' with his partner, Russian pro Kristina Rihanoff.

"God I just hope that it works out and that I enjoy it," he said.

"We've been training for five or six hours a day, I'm putting the work in."

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Ever the joker, Daniel had a humorous admission to share with the audience:

"Prior to starting the show I was cocky and thought I could dance but when I started here I realised how much I had to learn."

The Donegal star said that he had recently learned barn dancing and may slip some steps into his routines if he forgets his rehearsed moves.

He said that he had become friendly with Australian singer and TV presenter Peter Andre, Welsh Olympic sprinter, Iwan Thomas and The Wanted's Jay McGuinness.

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