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Strictly Come Dancing: Daniel O'Donnell's fears over lifting Kristina Rihanoff in American Smooth

Partner Kristina says: 'Daniel is incredible'

By Claire Williamson

Daniel O'Donnell has revealed his fears for this week's Strictly Come Dancing live show as he attempts lifts in the routine for the first time.

Legendary Irish singer Daniel O'Donnell, who has sold more than 10 million records around the globe and has a legion of dedicated fans, has made it through to week four of the BBC show with his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff.

Last week the 53-year-old took on the Cha Cha Cha for Movie Week - where he became Grease's Danny Zucko for the night dancing to Summer Nights.

Speaking on Strictly Come Dancing's BBC 2 spin-off show It Takes Two Daniel revealed that this week he is dancing the American Smooth and is worried about the lifts that are part of the routine.

However his partner Kristina batted away any worries telling the Irish crooner to "believe in himself" as she spoke of her pride for him.

They will perform on Saturday night to Frank Sinatra's Fly Me To The Moon.


Daniel told It Takes Two: "I do love it. I really love the foxtrot part of it.

"I'm a bit worried for Kristina because there are lifts and I'm afraid maybe come Sunday she won't be alive.

"But I will try to keep her safe.

He added: "It's not about the lifting, it's the landing that's the problem."

Reflecting on last week's performance Daniel quipped that his quiff was worth 10 points alone.

He admitted the amount of nerves he feels each week has been the biggest shock.

He said: "I'm so nervous when I get on the floor. I hope this week I won't be as nervous.

"I thought about many things that might happen when I did Strictly, it would it be difficult, would I remember the routines, I had not accounted for being so nervous. I'm just taken by surprise."

However partner Kristina quickly jump to his defence and told him to "stop listening to negative things and believe in yourself".

She said: "It's (nerves) a normal thing for everyone, it doesn't matter who is doing it. I'm so proud of you Daniel. I think you are incredible. You need to stop listening to negative things and believe in yourself, because you are fantastic.

She added: "I know Cha Cha Cha was very out of your comfort zone and the whole Danny Zucko look as well. On Tuesday he said I don't know if i can do, I'm not that kind of arrogant guy, I don't know if i can act it out.

"Then he came on Wednesday and was a completely different person. He went home and thought about it and this is why I'm so impressed. You always rise to the occasion. I think you are fantastic. You are absolutely wonderful you need to forget all these other crazy comments."

Strictly Come Dancing is on BBC 1 on Saturday night at 6.30pm.

Week four: Songs and Dances revealed

Ainsley and Natalie will be Waltzing to What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong

Anita and Gleb’s Hips Don’t Lie as they Samba to Shakira

Carol and Pasha will Paso to Trad’s Espana Cani

Daniel and Kristina will dance the American Smooth to Frank Sinatra’s Fly Me To The Moon

Georgia and Giovanni will Quickstep to S Club 7’s Reach

Helen and Aljaz will Salsa to Miami Sound Machine's Doctor Beat

Jamelia and Tristan will do the Charleston to Straight Up by Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox

Jay and Aliona will Quickstep to My Generation by The Who

Jeremy and Karen will Jive to Bobby Darin’s Splish Splash

Katie and Anton will perform the Viennese Waltz to Elvis Presley’s If I Can Dream

Kellie and Kevin will Foxtrot to Dream A Little Dream by Mama Cass

Kirsty and Brendan will Paso to U2’s Beautiful Day

 Peter and Janette will dance the Tango to New Order’s Blue Monday.

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