Daniel gets “notches on his belt”
DANIEL O'Donnell has
admitted getting new notches on his belt after his
stint on Strictly Come Dancing - but wife Majella
need not be jealous.
The notches weren't caused by the infamous 'Strictly
curse' – it is just the amount of weight he lost
during his four-week run on the gruelling dance
However, Daniel (53), who will appear on ‘The Late
Late Show' tonight (Friday), said he ate more food
than usual to keep his energy up while learning to
"I did lose a bit (of weight). I have two notches on
the belt that are moved up and that's in four weeks,
so that's not bad,” he quipped.
“And I ate more than ever I've eaten.”
Daniel O'Donnell leaves the
competition. L-R Tess Daly, Kristina Rihanoff and
Daniel O'Donnell. Photo: BBC/Guy Levy.
The Donegal singer, who
was the third celebrity to be voted off the BBC
show, also said he found it difficult keeping his
involvement in the programme a secret from April to
And he regrets not using the four months in between
to take some dance lessons.
"I did nothing and now I wish I had taken some dance
lessons. I thought that I wouldn't be allowed to do
that but I'm sure I could have.
"I wish that I had taken some lessons to get a bit
more comfortable with dancing," he told BBC Radio.
He said he liked all the judges but was most
surprised at how nice Craig Revel Horwood actually
is behind the scenes. "He comes across so cutting
times and back-stage he is just fantastic," he
Daniel is now looking forward to a month-long break
at his holiday villa in sunny Tenerife in November
with wife Majella. They will be joined by their
three-month old grand-daughter Olivia and her
parents Siobhan and Gavin.
Meanwhile, the Kincasslagh native will join a galaxy
of popular Irish singers for a special country music
edition of ‘The Late Late Show' tonight.
He will chat about becoming even more of a household
name in the UK since his Strictly run and he will
give a special performance of one of his most
Other big names on the country scene set to appear
include country veteran Big Tom, Mike Denver,
Philomena Begley, Ray Lynam, Declan Nerney, TR
Dallas and Lisa McHugh.
The Three Amigos – Jimmy Buckley, Robert Mizzell and
Patrick Feeney - will also reunite for the special.
“We have been actively promoting the country scene
on ‘The Late Late Show’ for the last six years,
bringing classic acts to a new generation and
introducing the big new names. Getting all those
people into one room is going to be lots of fun,"
said host Ryan Tubridy. The Late Late Show is on RTE
One on Friday at 9.35pm.