Thursday 29 September 2016

'The perfect gentleman' - Daniel O'Donnell impresses with Strictly dancing debut

Published 25/09/2015 | 22:04

Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Daniel O'Donnell made his dancing debut on 'Strictly Come Dancing' tonight to none other than 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'.

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The Irish crooner earned a score of 24/40 on stage for his first dance with partner Russian professional Kristina Rihanoff.

Judge Craig Revel-Horwood had harsh words for Daniel and described his performance as 'pretty uneventful', but the token 'mean judge' was outnumbered by the rest of the judging panel.

Read more: REVIEW: Daniel O'Donnell makes his Strictly debut with a mixture of grace and raw-knuckle terror

Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: Guy Levy/BBC/PA Wire

Len Goodman said Daniel's hold 'could have been stronger', but said the Donegal man had the best footwork 'he's ever seen'.

"It was very collected, very well placed and very, very pleasing," judge Bruno Tonoli said after the dance.

Former ballerina Darcey Bussell said: "You danced like the perfect gentleman. I know there are nerves out there but just relax your back and look at Kristina as much as you can."

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Daniel, who performed his own rendition of 'When Irish Eyes Are Smiling' for his partner Kristina before the show, joked afterwards: "I'm happy it's done. I'm excited now, you just can't tell."

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

Daniel and Kristina are up against 14 other dancing couples.

None of the dancing duos will be leaving the show this weekend though, as the judges scores will be carried forward to next weekend when the viewers will get the chance to vote for their favourites.

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