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Daniel is out to lick his Strictly rivals thanks to proxy-voting Irish fans

By Aoife Kelly

Published 23/09/2015

Daniel O’Donnell with Strictly Come Dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff
Daniel O’Donnell with Strictly Come Dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff
Daniel with his tongue out

Some Daniel O'Donnell fans are going to huge lengths to ensure he stays on Strictly Come Dancing.

People from the Republic cannot vote on the hit BBC show, so some are sending cash to friends and relatives across the UK in order to vote for the Donegal crooner.

Daniel (53), who is partnered with Kristina Rihanoff (37), has admitted he is aware of the moves some of his fans are making.

"I have heard that and it shows true dedication," he told the Irish Daily Star. "It really does show the lengths people are going to back me.

"Some people would have known me and known what I do, but others have never heard of me, and it's great to meet new people."

Daniel will perform on either Friday or Saturday night's show but has yet to find out what is in store.

"I don't know whether I'm coming or going," he said. "I'm terrified. I don't even know which night I'm on. I don't know what song I'm dancing to and I don't even know what I'll be wearing."

Even more concerning, however, is Daniel's habit of sticking his tongue out when he is concentrating - something he will need to work on before the weekend.

"When I am under pressure, I have a habit of sticking my tongue out," Daniel said. "When I am concentrating and trying to get a step right, Kristina keeps telling me to get my tongue in!"

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