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Daniel O'Donnell admits he's 'mad' for signing up for Strictly Come Dancing

Daniel O’Donnell has revealed he thinks he’s “mad” for signing up for Strictly Come Dancing.

The Donegal native will be a contestant on the new series of the BBC dance show and admitted he’s already “nervous” about the prospect of dancing in front of millions.

“I’m nervous already, thinking about it. Every so often I think ‘why the hell am I doing this?’” he said.

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“The other way I’m approaching it is it’s going to be fun. I’m not a dancer and neither is anybody else who’s on the show,” he told The Sun on Sunday.

While Daniel spent a lot of time dancing in his younger years – he reckons the Strictly stage will be a whole other ball game.

“We like to dance. Growing up, especially in rural Ireland, country music was huge. We went to all the dances and danced in the kitchen, we did all the dances, jives and quicksteps and waltzes,” he explained.

“But it’s nothing like the ballroom situation because it’s so strict, your hand has to be a certain way. On the stage I do often say it’s a good job I’m on my own because I’m never in the same place two nights in a row.”

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Dance: Daniel’s wife Majella convinced him to join the series | VIPIRELAND.COM

The crooner is currently on a break from the music biz to spend more time with his wife Majella and their new grandchild.

While Daniel has been asked to do Strictly many times in the past, the 53-year-old admitted it was his wife who convinced him to take the plunge.

“She said you can take a break any time, but you might never get asked to do this again.”


TV: Daniel wont let the judges criticism get to him

Daniel is already getting ready to face the harsh criticism from the shows judges, but insisted he wont be taking it to heart.

“I think you have to take criticism if it’s warranted and try to learn from it. They know what they’re talking about and we’re only scraping the outside of the barrel and learn in a week what they’ve been doing for a lifetime.”

Other celebs booked for this years series who the Irish singer will compete against include include Peter Andre, Georgia May Foote and Jeremy Vine.


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