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Daniel O'Donnell's charm wins over Strictly voters

By Nevin Farrell

Daniel O'Donnell's dazzling dancefloor performance on Strictly Come Dancing on Saturday night saw him hot-foot it through to the next round and avoid the embarrassment of being first to be voted off.

But as Daniel's profile grows day by day across the water, the media spotlight appears to be getting more intense.

Last night he told The Sun he had spent his career denying he was gay, and didn't mind getting compared to Cliff Richard.

The happily-married crooner told the newspaper: "You can't help what people say or think, you must live your life as best you can and know you're happy in your own life.

"I don't read the good and I don't listen to the bad - but I certainly don't mind being compared to Cliff Richard at all. He's a great friend of ours and has been for as long as I can remember."

Almost eight million viewers watched as the Donegal star went head to head with the England rugby team for ratings.

While it was a big night for TV sport, Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas was the first Strictly contestant to be voted off this year's show.

Daniel was clearly having a ball as he performed a Charleston with his partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Daniel (53), who has had mixed reactions from the judges, said on the show: "There is a dancer lurking inside... and I will do everything to find him."

And Kristina has clearly been smitten by his Irish charm - ending a tweet to him with three green shamrocks.

Daniel's wife Majella was also clearly delighted.

"Yeepppee! They're through to next week! Just take one week at a time. Well done you two!"

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