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

Sharon McGowan

Published 26/09/2015 | 10:25

Daniel O’Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff
Daniel O'Donnell - Strictly Come Dancing
Strictly Donegal: Daniel O'Donnell with partner Kristina and presenter Tess.

Daniel O'Donnell has said he hopes to slip some Irish dancing into Strictly.

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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.

Daniel O’Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff
Daniel O’Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff

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

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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.

Daniel O'Donnell - Strictly Come Dancing
Daniel O'Donnell - Strictly Come Dancing

"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."

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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.

Strictly Donegal: Daniel O'Donnell with partner Kristina and presenter Tess.
Strictly Donegal: Daniel O'Donnell with partner Kristina and presenter Tess.

"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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