Strictly Come Dancing 2012: Nicky Byrne's manager Louis Walsh backs Louis Smith!

Nicky Byrne (Strictly Come Dancing)

Strictly Come Dancing star Nick Byrne has revealed he's well prepared for harsh comments from the judges, because manager Louis Walsh is even harsher!

The Westlife singer revealed X Factor judge Louis, who has manged the band for more than a decade, was rather honest about his chances on the BBC One series.

He said: “Louis asked me, ‘Do you think you’ll win it?’

“I said, ‘Well, you see... ’ and he said, ‘No, you won’t. Louis Smith will win it’.

“I was like, ‘Cheers, Louis’. But that’s just him. He said to me afterwards, ‘Listen, well done. The positive is you’ll be able to dance when we do our reunion’. ”

Speaking to The Sun newspaper today, Nicky continued: “And then he said to me, ‘Genuinely, I know how hard you need to work with Strictly, so the best of luck with it and hope it goes well’.

“We will hopefully hook up on one of the Saturdays. I’d love him to come down but I don’t think ITV will let him.”

Nicky, who last night performed the rumba to Aerosmith’s ballad Don’t Want To Miss A Thing, admitted he was hopeful he could make it to the final.

He told the tabloid: “I am very competitive and I want to do well but this is definitely the biggest challenge I have ever taken on.

“It’s not that I think I can’t win but I’m up against brilliant people. Denise van Outen is great and Kimberley Walsh is fantastic.

“Louis Smith is also really good and one of the favourites. There are at least five people above me at the moment.

“But who knows with this show. Anything can happen.

Browse pictures of last night's Strictly Come Dancing below...

Strictly continues with Strictly Come Dancing: The Results on Sunday 4th November at 7.20pm on BBC One and BBC One HD.

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