Irish crooner Daniel O’Donnell is set to dust off his dancing shoes as he has been announced as a contestant on popular prime time show Strictly Come Dancing.
The easy listening star will be a welcome addition to the show as he has a huge fan base in Ireland and across the world.
He has sold 15 million albums and has had a different album enter the UK charts every year since 1984.
He said: “I love to dance and boy am I looking forward to getting started and being the best that I can be!”
The Co Donegal star showed off his dance moves at the Rose of Tralee festival recently but has admitted that practising for hours on end for the show could be a problem for him.
He said: “I don’t know if I’m as good as I need to be, but I’m going to try. There’s a lot of rehearsals and physical work which I’m not used to.
“I can dance, but don’t ask me to be in a certain place at a certain time – this is going to be very hard for me. God help whoever gets me.”
Despite O’Donnell’s reservations he is looking forward to taking part in the BBC show and revealed that it was just the sort of challenge he was waiting for.
He told radio DJ Steve Wright: “Earlier this year, I decided to take a short break from touring and told myself that I would only consider doing something if it was both different and exciting. Well, what could be more exciting than Strictly Come Dancing?”
O’Donnell is currently third favourite to win the competition with leading bookmakers.
Check out the video below for a 30 minute BBC interview with Daniel O’Donnell ahead of his Strictly Come Dancing appearance.