'God help whoever gets me!' Daniel O'Donnell warns his future Strictly Come Dancing partner as he is confirmed as latest contestant
International singing sensation Daniel O'Donnell has issued a warning to his future dance partner after being named the eighth contestant confirmed for 2015's Strictly Come Dancing.
The 53-year-old Irish entertainer shared his enthusiasm at taking part in the BBC One competition when the news was revealed during Steve Wright In The Afternoon on BBC Radio 2 on Thursday.
Daniel, who became a household name in Ireland and the UK in 1983, certainly isn't lacking a passion for dance, though the bookies have already made him the 50/1 outsider.
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Passionate: Daniel O'Donnell has issued a warning to his future dance partner after being named the eighth contestant confirmed for 2015's Strictly Come Dancing
Bookmakers William Hill are convinced the luck of the Irish will not be on crooner's side, with a spokesperson saying they expect him to have 'as much rhythm as the Blarney Stone'.
Nevertheless, Daniel is determined to be 'the best he can be,' insisting: 'I can dance but don't ask me to be in a certain place at a certain time so this is going to be very challenging for me.
'I'll be very hard to tie down so God help whoever gets me.
'It's exciting and I think it's quite an honour to be asked because there's so many people who could be asked to do it and here I am and I'm looking forward to it.'
Persuaded: The Irish crooner admitted that his wife Majella persuaded him to take part this year
The country and Irish folk singer has over 10 million record sales to his name and has previously enjoyed 20 albums and 15 singles in the UK Top 40 charts.
But he confessed that he couldn't think of anything more exciting that Strictly after taking a short break from touring earlier this year and being persuaded into signing up by his wife Majella.
Daniel's competition is strong this year, with stars including young and energetic performers Peter Andre and Georgia May Foote announced among the competitors.
Jeremy Vine, Ainsley Harriott, Kellie Bright, Katie Derham and Carol Kirkwood have also been announced as celebrity contestants this year.
As a big fan of EastEnders and Coronation Street, Daniel is already looking forward to meeting the other contestants.
He added: 'I mean I never really would've met Peter Andre and Ainsley Harriott. I just think that even though you're doing what you're doing, you might never run into these people so it's nice for me to get to meet other people like that.'
Twinkle toes: Peter Andre is the latest celebrity to be confirmed for Strictly Come Dancing
Family man: Peter - who recently married Emily MacDonagh - has signed up to take part in the upcoming series of the BBC One dance contest following months of speculation
Mysterious Girl singer Peter, 42, hinted at his nerves when he became the seventh star in the line-up on Wednesday.
He said: 'To be honest I'm flattered to have been asked to take part before, but due to certain work commitments was unable to.
'I now just feel the time is right to give it a go - everything has just clicked into place to do it this year. Wish me luck please...argh!'
He on the other hand, is already the favourite with bookmakers William Hill immediately making him their 9/2 favourite to win the show followed by Georgia May Foote at 11/2 and Ainsley Harriott at 10/1.
'Peter Andre will no doubt appeal to many of the viewers, given his reality TV history and should go far,' said William Hill spokesman Joe Crilly. 'We are convinced he will reach the latter stages of the show.'
Peter - who recently tied the knot with medical student Emily MacDonagh, 24, and was previously married to Katie Price - is no stranger to reality TV having appeared on 'I'm A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here!' as well as his own shows.
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