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Daniel O'Donnell determined to dance his way into Strictly finals

By Staff Reporter

He is better known for his singing than his dancing, but Daniel O'Donnell is determined to prove he is as good on the dance floor as he is on stage.

The Donegal crooner is part of a star-studded line-up of contestants on Strictly Come Dancing that also includes chef Ainsley Harriott, Olympian turned sports presenter Iwan Thomas, sports news anchor Kirsty Gallacher and EastEnders actress Kellie Bright.

Asked what his biggest challenge would be during the show, Daniel replied: "Remembering the steps!"

He added: "When I dance on stage during my shows, I am never on the same spot two nights in a row, so I obviously have to be a little bit more choreographed for Strictly and remember to be at the right place at the right time. I just hope I can remember everything and keep the energy up."

Despite his nice guy image, Daniel insisted he was not there to just make up the numbers.

Asked if he was competitive, the singer said: "Yes, I want to win at golf and I want to win at cards, so I'm sure I will want to win at dancing. I want to go as far in the competition as I'm good enough to go, and if that's all the way then I will be thrilled!"

The launch show will air on BBC1 on Saturday at 7.15pm and will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman.

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