Daniel and Andre to go ‘toe to toe’

Daniel and Andre to go ‘toe to toe’
All Ireland dreams may have been put on hold for another years for the lads in green and gold, but two Donegal stalwarts are all set to battle it for the prestigious “Lord of the Dance” title this year.

All Ireland dreams may have been put on hold for another years for the lads in green and gold, but two Donegal stalwarts are all set to battle it for the prestigious “Lord of the Dance” title this year.

It was revealed recently week that the Kincasslagh man and Donegal stalwart is all set to go toe to toe with another Donegal fan, Australian pop star Peter Andre, in the upcoming series of BBC1’s, “Strictly Come Dancing”.

Peter became a Donegal fan in 2012 when he was on tour with Cara Pharmacy and caught some of the matches on TV, and would now be rated as favourite to win one of television’s most-watched programmes. However, he may not have taken into account Daniel’s prowess in some of the great Riverdance steps. As far as Daniel is concerned it’s all to play for.

Fresh from his turn on stage at the Rose of Tralee earlier this week, the Donegal crooner Daniel has confirmed that he will take part in the upcoming series of the dancing contest.

Daniel, 53, was announced as one of this year’s eight contestants on BBC Radio 2 recently, during the Steve Wright in the Afternoon show.

Daniel said: “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?

“I love to dance and boy am I looking forward to getting started and being the best that I can be!

“Despite many years in show business, I will have to confess that I am a little nervous. I love to dance; I can put a few steps together but can I dance to the level I need to dance?

“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!”

Daniel concluded: “It’s exciting and quite an honour to be asked, because there’s so many people that could be asked.”

The show, which is viewed by millions of people, will now attract a whole new audience from Ireland and will be screened in September.