Saturday 24 September 2016

'Daniel O'Donnell is great craic', says Irish Strictly dance star Tristan MacManus

Sharon McGowan

Published 15/10/2015 | 07:27

Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing
Tristan MacManus and dance partner Jamelia on Strictly Come Dancing

Daniel O'Donnell is impressing both on and off the dancefloor as fellow Irishman and Strictly star Tristan MacManus revealed the pair have "great craic" when the cameras aren't rolling.

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Along with having legions of loyal fans at home, the Donegal singer (53) has hit it off with Wicklow man Tristan (inset), who is a professional dancer on the BBC series.

Daniel O’Donnell, with Kristina Rihanoff, taking part in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on Saturday night
Daniel O’Donnell, with Kristina Rihanoff, taking part in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ on Saturday night

"Daniel is great - I have a lot of time for him and he is doing better than anyone expected," Tristan told the Herald. "I didn't know what to expect when I met him but he is great craic. "I'm glad he is here - and hopefully for a long time yet."

While the Bray native is rooting for Daniel (above) on the show, he also has his eyes firmly on the prize with his dance partner, former Voice of Ireland coach Jamelia, who initially struggled in rehearsals.

"I think it's a lot more work than she expected at the beginning, and as the weeks go on she is finding her feet a little more and enjoying the hours," he said.

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