Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Nicky Byrne says Kimberley Walsh is his biggest rival

Kimberley Walsh (Strictly Come Dancing)

Westlife star Nicky Byrne reckons Kimberley Walsh is his biggest competition on Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking to The Sun today, Nicky also insisted that he was "loving" the competition between him and his female popstar rival.

“Kimberley Walsh from Girls Aloud is in a similar position to me, only she went to stage school too," he told the newspaper. “I love all the rivalry that is going on with Kimberley and I.”

Nicky, who is partnered with US beauty Karen Hauer, insisted that his previous experience in Westlife wouldn't help him in the ballroom.

"When we sang in a TV studio, it was always a ballad and so we were either sitting on stools or standing," he said. “When we were on tour, we danced but we didn’t have anyone judging us and it was all a bit of fun.

“This is completely different."

Do you prefer Kimberley or Nicky? Vote for your Strictly favourite in our poll below!

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The Strictly Come Dancing 2012 live shows start this Friday on BBC One, and continue on Saturday.

Fortunately for the celebs, there will be no elimination this Sunday, however with their scores being carried over to the second week they’ll still want to go all out to impress the judges.

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