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Nicky Byrne: 'After 14 years with Simon Cowell I'm ready for the Strictly judges'

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne says he can handle any criticism the Strictly Come Dancing judges throw at him - after working with X Factor supremo Simon Cowell for so long.

Nicky Byrne arriving for the launch of Strictly Come Dancing Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The Irish singer, whose group split earlier this year after a 14-year career during which he was signed to one of Cowell's record labels, insisted he has developed a thick skin after working with TV's Mr Nasty for years.

"I've been signed to Simon Cowell for 14 years so I know exactly what it's like sitting in an office getting criticism.

"But this scenario is different - we don't really know this kind of dancing. They're the pros and you take it and then you walk away and that's how you learn."