Wednesday 13 December 2017

'I was so nervous, my feet stuck to floor' - Daniel O'Donnell waltzes off 'Strictly'

Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff (centre) with the show’s host Tess Daly after the singer became the third celebrity to be voted off this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Guy Levy
Daniel O’Donnell and Kristina Rihanoff (centre) with the show’s host Tess Daly after the singer became the third celebrity to be voted off this year’s ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. Photo: Guy Levy

Kerri-Ann Roper

Daniel O'Donnell has become the third celebrity to waltz out of 'Strictly Come Dancing', but said it was "the right time for me to go".

O'Donnell (53) and his partner Kristina Rihanoff faced sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole in the dance-off on the BBC show, but mistakes in the routine saw O'Donnell being sent home.

He and Rihanoff performed the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's 'Fly Me To The Moon' and the Donegal man admitted: "I forgot everything on the dance-off, my feet stuck to the floor.

"I've had a great time, I have enjoyed the show, to have been asked to go on, it was amazing.

"And to just have taken part, it's going to be lovely to look back and say, 'I was on that show.'"

The singer admitted that his nerves had got the better of him and said he was surprised at how nervous he got each week.

"I've done shows for so many years and have been on stage, it kind of took me by surprise. But I suppose I was out of my comfort zone and that's why I felt so nervous."

Fans from the Republic can't vote for 'Strictly Come Dancing' contestants, but O'Donnell didn't feel that that was a contributory factor to him leaving.

"I don't think there's any issue there at all, the show is based in the UK. If anything, I suppose it would be unfair if one person from Ireland was in a show and everybody else was from the UK and all of the votes, or most of the votes (from Ireland) were going for me," he said.

Earlier in the week, Rihanoff blasted a report that claimed she had branded O'Donnell "an old man" and said he was unlikely to win. She wrote on Twitter: "Everyone knows how much we enjoy working together! Rude journalism."

O'Donnell also said: "What can you do, things are going to be written. It certainly didn't affect Kristina and myself at all, we just enjoyed learning the dance, doing the dances and I suppose I would have loved to be able to do better. Somebody has to go every week and this week it was my turn."

In Saturday night's show, professional dancer Gleb Savchenko whipped his top off, but O'Donnell joked that he was "delighted" he would not be getting his off soon.

"I think I'm doing the world a favour, or maybe the lack of votes is doing the world a favour," he laughed.

After dancing off against Gallacher and Cole, who performed their Paso Doble to U2's 'Beautiful Day', judge Craig Revel Horwood said: "One couple did really, really well in the dance-off and one couple I am afraid made a lot of mistakes.

"I am going for the couple that was the most powerful and that was Kirsty and Brendan."

Judges Darcey Bussell and Bruno Tonioli agreed, saying: "I would like to keep the couple that committed less mistakes tonight and that is Kirsty and Brendan."

A gracious Daniel O'Donnell waltzes out of Strictly saying it was 'the right time for me to go' 

Irish Independent

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