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Daniel O'Donnell: I had a great time on Strictly Come Dancing, but I'm quite happy to be out

Daniel O'Donnell and his dance partner Kristina Rihanoff were the third couple to be voted off Strictly Come Dancing

DANIEL O'Donnell has vowed he will never take part in a reality show again after his exit from Strictly Come Dancing.

Just days after he waltzed off the dance floor for the last time, the Donegal singer said his nerves could not handle the pressure again.

The Kincasslagh star was the third celebrity to be voted off the BBC One show after his American Smooth with dance partner Kristina Rihanoff failed to impress judges and the viewers.

And the 53-year-old last night told The Irish News it would definitely be his last taste of reality television.

"I just couldn't do reality again, definitely not," he said.

"I really wouldn't want to do it again. As I said before, the nerves were just too much."

O'Donnell said while he had had "a great time on Strictly", he was not sad to leave the dancing show.

"I enjoyed it, but I was just very nervous and for that I'm not sorry that I have left the show," he said.

"I had a great time on Strictly, but I'm quite happy to be out.

"I'll go back for the final show, but that's it. I've already told the producers I'm not doing the Strictly tour.

"I loved it so much, but I really wouldn't want to do reality again."

However, since his elimination last weekend things have not slowed down for the Irish country music singer.

O'Donnell has spent the past week promoting his new album, The Hank Williams Songbook, which is due out on Monday.

"I actually don't know how I would have fitted it all in," he said.

"I can't imagine how busy it would have been if I still had rehearsals to do.

"So in a way it's quite ironic I was voted off Strictly and then the album out this week, in a way it's good timing."

However, O'Donnell will be back on our television screens next week in Daniel and Majella's B&B Road Trip.

The six-part travel series sees the couple embark on a journey across Ireland, staying in B&Bs.

Viewers can see them delving into activities organised by the B&B owners including, tractor racing in Enniskerry, paddle-boarding in Bantry Bay and rocking out at a house party in Newtownabbey.

"We filmed it in July so we were on the road for a few weeks across Ireland," he said.

"We were north and south, starting in Donegal and going to Roscommon, Sligo, Galway, Claire, Kerry, Kilkenny, Louth, Fermanagh and Antrim.

"We had a great time everywhere, everybody we met were lovely. I have travelled Ireland so many times, but this was a very different view of it and it was lovely."

Next August, the singer will be back on the road for his Welcome Back concerts in Killarney.

But for now, O'Donnell said he was planning a break to Tenerife with Majella before heading back home to Donegal later in the year.

"I'm looking forward to getting back home, especially after all the support everyone gave me."

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