Strictly Come Dancing: Nicky Byrne feels exposed without Westlife

Nicky and his Strictly partner Karen Hauer

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne has confessed that he feels exposed without his former bandmates next to him on Strictly Come Dancing.

The singer- who has 8/1 odds to win the series – admitted that he was petrified when he arrived on the dancefloor during the launch show.

“When I walked on the floor I thought, ‘Holy s**t, what have I signed up for?'” he said.

“You are totally exposed and this is the first time I’ve done something out of Westlife.

“This is something with such media interest and out of my comfort zone, it’s the toughest thing I could have picked.”

Despite the nerves, Nicky said that he is looking forward to the “real buzz” of doing something new every day in training.

“It’s actually a long while since I’ve done something like this where I’m genuinely excited about what I’ve got in store during the day,” he added. “All the celebrities are riding a crest of the wave at the moment.”

Strictly returns on Friday, October 5 on BBC One