Daniel flies to moon one last time
DANIEL O'Donnell will
finally conquer his dance nerves when he performs
with Strictly Come Dancing partner Kristina Rihanoff
one last time on St Stephen's night.
The Russian professional has reunited with the
Donegal singer for a Christmas special - Daniel
O'Donnell and Friends - to be screened on RTE One
Ms Rihanoff said she was thrilled to meet up again
with the 54-year old crooner who she regards as a
"friend for life".
Viewers suffering Strictly withdrawal since the BBC
show ended last weekend, can once again see the duo
perform their 'Fly Me to the Moon' foxtrot.
It was the dance that saw them leave the competition
in week four. Seasoned performer Daniel said he was
taken by surprise at how panic-stricken he would get
each week on the Strictly dance-floor. He also
described how he feared he would drop Kristina
during the routine.
Daniel O'Donnell and his dance
partner Kristina Rihanoff. Photo: BBC Strictly Come
Ms Rihanoff, who flew
to Ireland to shoot the special at picturesque
Powerscourt House, Co Wicklow, said she was
concerned Daniel would have forgotten the tricky,
pilot-themed routine. But she revealed that he
stepped out with ease.
"We did the foxtrot, the last dance we did on
Strictly. I was slightly worried as we havenít
danced for a while but he remembered everything and
we filmed the dance in one take," she said.
"It was so nice to see him and Majella. I love going
to Ireland. The people are so, so nice and the
setting was gorgeous.
"It was fantastic to see him. I do know that Iíve
made a friend for life. Thatís the best thing you
take from Strictly Ė you meet exceptional people and
make great friends every year," she said in her
latest Hello magazine blog.
Daniel's guests for the one-hour special will also
include country star Declan Nerney and his niece,
Saturdays singer Una Foden, while mentalist and
magician Keith Barry also makes an appearance.
The programme airs on RTE One at 9.20pm on December