Daniel O'Donnell

Hello from Daniel

At last I’m getting to write to you after what has been one of the busiest times of my career! I know I was meant to be on a break but to be honest,  when the request to take part in ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ came my way, it was too good to turn down. I never thought that I would be as nervous as I was when I had to dance in the live shows every Saturday night. I cant really explain why,  especially as I’ve been performing on stage for over 30 years now! I suppose the fact of the matter was I was just out of my comfort zone. Even though I love social dancing, having to learn and perform a choreographed piece is very different. That being said the experience was amazing. Getting to meet all of the other celebrities, the dancers and indeed everybody behind the scenes was just brilliant. To all of you who voted for Kristina and I, thank you.  To those of you who watched  all over the world, thank you for your support. Kristina is such an amazing dancer and has a great ability to teach. I’ll be forever grateful to her for teaching me all that she did.

Since leaving strictly I have been  going nonstop. I spent the week doing interviews for my new album “The Hank Williams Songbook. It went in at number 5 in the UK charts making this the 28th year in succession that I have had an album in the charts there. I’m delighted to say that it has entered the charts in every other country it has been released in too. Thanks to all of you for your unfailing support, which always amazes me.

The Friday after I left strictly I came back to Ireland to take part in “The Late Late Show” on RTE television. The night was dedicated to country music. It certainly was a wonderful evening where a lot of the performers from the past to the present day gathered to celebrate the wonderful music we enjoy in Ireland. Those gathered were only a fraction of all the entertainers who have contributed to country music down through the years. I think it’s important to remember that every singer has made their own contribution to what county music is in Ireland today. I hope the show will be repeated sometime in the future and that some of the singers who were not able to be part of that show will be there next time.

At the moment Majella and I are back in Tenerife. On Wednesday the 4th we will celebrate our 13th wedding anniversary. It is the first time since we got married that we have actually been off and not travelling. Next week Siobhan, Gavin and Olivia will join us, so that really is something to look forward to. 

It’s strange being here this month as, for the past 16 years we have always been in Branson at this time. Even though my break from touring continues until next August our shows for the UK go on sale on  November 14th. The shows in Killarney go on sale on December 5th. I hope I’ll be seeing you somewhere at some stage when I get back to touring. 

We can’t believe the reaction we’re getting to the B&B road trip that’s on UTV Ireland. We had such a great time recording the show. All we wanted was that you would enjoy it as much as we did and I think you are. We met some great characters and we visited some beautiful places. Thanks to all the people that welcomed us into their homes and their areas and everyone involved in the production in making this show a success. Fingers crossed you’ll see it in other parts of the world eventually.

I don’t think I have any more news at the minute other than I am really glad of the rest after the past 6 weeks which has been so hectic and so exciting.  God bless……..