Daniel O'Donnell is known for his fondness for the iconic soap Coronation Street, and shared his love of the show on the This Morning couch today.

After sharing with hosts Alison Hammond and Dermot O'Leary the importance of country music to Irish audiences, they got to chatting about some of Daniel's dream gigs - one of which is taking a role on Corrie.

The music legend joked that he would happily take a job sweeping the set outside The Rovers Return Inn if it meant he got close to his beloved soap.

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Presenters Dermot and Alison joked that they might be able to pull as few strings to make that happen for the Back Home Again singer.

"We must be able to make this happen," said Dermot. "Surely," echoed Alison.

"I love it," Daniel said. "I used to think maybe I could have had an affair with Mavis," he said, referring to Mavis Wilton, played by Thelma Barlow who appeared in the show for 26 years from 1971 to 1997.

"Then, now Mary is all that's left for me now! I thought we could go in the caravan," he joked of Mary Taylor, played on the soap by Patti Clare.

Daniel O'Donnell on This Morning with Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond
Daniel O'Donnell on This Morning with Dermot O'Leary and Alison Hammond

"I would even just sweep outside The Rovers with a brush, just sweeping. I love it."

"I've always watched it. You can watch it, go away fro a while and drop back in. My aunt Mary, my father's sister used to love Coronation Street!

While Corrie may yet be in his future, the star reflected on some of the highlights of his career, such as meeting fans that now feel like family.

Speaking of a recent Glasgow gig, he said: "I knew so many people, and most of them Iv'e known for 30 years. I do know them, I meet them every night after the shows. I know a lot of the people, it's fantastic."

When asked about meeting his idols like Johnny Cash, Daniel said: "He was lovely."

"I got to meet Johnny as few times, but now very briefly, but he was very nice when I met him.

"Charlie Pride, I got to know better and Loretta Lynn, and of course I know Cliff [Richard] very well, Cliff was a great friend of ours, and these three I got to know really well. They say you should never meet your heroes but in my case, all three were just lovely."

Reflecting on his beginnings in music, he credits his start to his sister.

"My sister was singing, Margo is her name, and I started travelling with her in 1981 and I was two years with her and made my first record in February 1983. I then started my first band that summer, and that really was the beginning.

"It took a while to get established, to get people to nice, but by 1986 I don't know what happened then, but the momentum gathered and we started getting played on the radio over here [in England] and then TV."

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