Strictly Come Dancing: Karen Hauer thinks Nicky Byrne can win!

Nicky Byrne (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing 2012 pro Karen Hauer reckons her celebrity partner Nicky Byrne has what it takes to win.

30-year-old Karen, a new professional dancer for this year's series of Strictly, was partnered with Westlife singer Nicky during last weekend's launch show.

Speaking from his first day of training, Nicky said: "The first session went quite well, I was a bit shocked when I walked in and I had to put the shoes on right away."

Karen said: |I thought today's session went really well, it's the waltz and it's a tough one, it looks easy but it's really not, all the footwork, it's difficult and I think Nicky handled it really well."

Of his American dance partner, Nicky said: "I think Karen is brilliant, she's really fun and when I make mistakes she doesn't lose her head shes been very helpful and a great teacher."

Meanwhile Karen suggested that, with her help, Nicky could win the series.

The confident performer, who used to dance on the US version of the show, said: "I think Nicky is a winner already, I just need to fix the little things. I think he has got what it takes."

The Strictly Come Dancing live shows start on October 5 on BBC One.

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