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DWTS celeb Damian McGinty insists infamous Strictly curse ‘would never happen’ to him

The good-looking dance partners have sent temperatures rising with a number of impressive performances in recent weeks

Kylee and Damian

Eugene MastersonSunday World

Dancing With The Stars celebrity Damian McGinty has described his professional dance partner as a good friend and insisted that the infamous Strictly curse ‘would never happen’ to him.

The good-looking dance partners have sent temperatures rising with a number of impressive performances in recent weeks, including a hot and steamy jive to Elvis’s Burning Love last weekend.

But Derryman Damian says there should be no Suspicious Minds about his love for his American actress wife Anna Claire Sneed.

He adds that the South African dancer he’s paired with, Kylee Vincent, is also happily loved up with her husband Stephen, also a professional on the show.

“We are not like that, we are not built in that way,” he said when asked about the ‘Strictly curse’.

“I hope it’s not going to sound pompous, but that would never happen. Kylee is such a good friend and married, and I’m also married.​

“You just have to know professionally it’s very different to what it is personally and I think those boundaries know where they are because, boy, you could get sucked into it.”

Damian, who cut his teeth at the age of 14 as a boy soprano with Celtic Thunder and then found fame on huge American show Glee, met Anna Marie while they were both holidaying in California in 2014.

The couple married in 2019 in Anna Claire’s hometown of Memphis, where Elvis based himself in Graceland.

Anna Claire is spending three months in Dublin while Damian is taking part in the show and will stay on no matter how far he progresses or is kicked out. He would ideally like to have homes in Derry and America and split bases.​

“I’m very fortunate I married somebody that loves to travel..., I love to travel as well, so in that regard we’ve married well where we love different cultures, different people and where they come from. So, we are both built similarly like that,” he explains.

“ She has spent a lot of time in Ireland, she has been here god knows how many times over the last kind of five years... This is the longest time she has been here. I don’t think there’s been any culture shock, I think she has settled in well.”

  • Dancing With The Stars, RTÉ One tonight, 6.30pm.

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