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Party's over, as Daniel O'Donnell gets Strictly marching orders

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Daniel O'Donnell has become the third celebrity to waltz out of Strictly Come Dancing, but says it was "the right time for me to go".

O'Donnell (53), and his partner Kristina Rihanoff faced sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher and Brendan Cole in the dance-off, but mistakes in the routine saw O'Donnell being sent home. He and Rihanoff performed the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon and the star admitted: "I forgot everything in the dance-off, my feet stuck to the floor.

"I've had a great time, I have enjoyed the show, to have been asked to go on it was amazing," he said.

"And to just have taken part, it's going to be lovely to look back and say, 'I was on that show.'"

He admitted his nerves got the better of him, and said he was surprised at how nervous he got each week.

"I've done shows for so many years and have been on stage, it kind of took me by surprise, but I suppose I was out of my comfort zone and that's why I felt so nervous," he explained.

Fans from Ireland can't vote for Strictly Come Dancing contestants, but O'Donnell didn't feel that was a contributing factor to him leaving.

"I don't think there's any issue there at all, the show is based in the UK, you know it's based here in the UK and it's a UK show. If anything, I suppose it would be unfair if one person from Ireland was in a show and everybody else was from the UK and all of the votes, or most of the votes (from Ireland) were going for me," he said.

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