Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Nicky Byrne admits he's still trying to cope with nerves

Nicky Byrne (Strictly Come Dancing)

Despite being in one of the biggest boy bands of all time, Nicky Byrne has confessed he can barely take the nerves of Strictly Come Dancing.

Speaking to the Daily Mail, the Westlife star confessed he was struggling to cope on his own, without his bandmates.

He said: "The biggest fear I get is at the start, just before I go on, when I hear Tess and Bruce introduce us.

"That is the moment when I get that awful knot in my stomach. They play the opening video sequence and then that realisation that you have to go out on your own and perform hits you."

He explained to the newspaper: "It’s like what I imagine it is like just before you go into a boxing match. You can’t show that fear when you go out on stage because you have to put on a show.

"My biggest fear now is that I will go completely blank and forget everything I have prepared. For the first time, I understand the sort of stress and pressure that Louis is under week in, week out – to be constantly told you are great or you are s***, to be scrutinised for every little thing you do or say."

Nicky added: "In Westlife, all four of us dealt with it. Now it is just me. It’s tough."

Last night Nicky was given another rough ride by the judges for his Cha Cha, with the panel saying it included too much boyband dance moves.

But Nicky's pro partner Karen Hauer explained: "He is naturally a great performer and I want to keep the Westlife spirit that he has."

[cat c="strictly come dancing"]Strictly Come Dancing[/cat] continues tonight with the first results show of the series, which will see one celeb sent home.

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