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I don't fear the 'Strictly curse', insists Daniel O'Donnell's wife Majella

By Erinn Kerr

Daniel O'Donnell's wife Majella has said she isn't worried about her wholesome husband getting to grips with Strictly Dancing blonde bombshell Kristina Rhianoff - despite her romantic history with two previous partners on the show.

The 53-year-old Donegal crooner has been paired with the ravishing Russian for the TV competition - on which more than one marriage has foundered.

Majella said far from fearing 'the Curse of Strictly', she was delighted that Daniel would be dancing alongside Kristina.

"As far as I know Kristina is very happy in her relationship as we are in ours," she said.

"I have found her to be a lovely girl and I'm delighted that she's working with Daniel as she's a fantastic choreographer who'll bring out the best in him."

Kristina (37) had flings with England rugby star Ben Cohen and boxer Joe Calzaghe after showing them the ropes on the dance floor. Vincent Simone also cheated on pregnant girlfriend - Londonderry woman Susan Duddy - when he had a fling with Kristina in 2008.

But the Siberian Siren said she was more interested in dancing than sweeping country singer Daniel off his feet.

"She actually asked if she could have Daniel - she wanted it to be someone whom no one could make accusations about," a source said.

Speaking on Saturday's premiere, Daniel added: "I think I am going to enjoy everything to do with Strictly, I just hope the luck of the Irish stays with me. I hope we can achieve something that will impress the judges."

The star has previously spoken of his nerves ahead of the series and, although he looked assured on the night, he will face an uphill challenge to reign supreme. That's because viewers from the Republic can't vote, with only the votes from audiences in the UK registering.

However, the crooner's loyal and enthusiastic Irish support base have pledged to travel to Northern Ireland and make friends and family in the UK vote for their man.

One fan, Gavin Boyle from Sligo, said he was going to stay with friends across the border in Enniskillen and called on others to get behind 'wee Daniel'.

"The general consensus from everybody I have spoken to is that they should persuade anyone who belongs to them in the UK to vote," he said.

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