'You were robbed on Dancing with the Stars - that's all I ever hear!' - Dayl Cronin
He may have narrowly missed out on the final of Dancing with the Stars, but Dayl Cronin is determined to capitalise on his popularity with the Irish public.
The Tipperary man (28) is hoping to build a glittering stage career in the wake of the hit RTE show, which was ultimately won by Aidan O'Mahony.
Dayl came a respectable fourth but it seems many of his fans believe he should have gone all the way to the final. He has been overjoyed with the amount of support he has received.
"I walk into a shop and they'll say, 'You're your man off Dancing With The Stars. You were robbed'," he said.
"That's all I ever hear. I've had so much recognition. It's an amazing feeling.
"I was a bit gutted to not actually be in the final but it was great."
However, Dayl is now looking to parlay his success into a new career.
"I'm hoping to get into a couple of musicals and shows. That's what's hopefully in the pipeline for me. Any sort of musical theatre; my ideal job would be to tour in a musical. Going to different places would be unbelievable," he said.
Louis Walsh, who managed Dayl while he was in boyband Hometown, has lined up a few projects for the budding performer.
"You have to get to know people who know people and then audition. That's how it goes from there, I think," he told the Herald.
"Louis is still working with me at the minute and he is in talks with people about a couple of things, so I'm waiting to hear back."
Hometown announced their split last December and, although there are no plans for a reunion any time soon, Dayl is still toying with the idea of continuing his singing career as a solo artist.
"We have no plans for a reunion yet but you never know down the line," he said.
"I might try a bit of singing, as a hobby. I did love singing so I might keep it up to see how it goes, but I don't know."