Daniel O’Donnell has revealed that he ‘nearly died’ while jet skiing in America for his new RTE series.
The world-famous Donegal singer was filming an adventure for Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip when he tumbled into the water of a vast Wisconsin lake.
Daniel, who has an extreme fear of water, thought that he was going to pass out from the fall.
He told the RTE Guide: “I nearly died in the water.
“I thought I was going to pass out. I can swim but when I’m out of my depth in the water I have a wild fear of it, when I don’t know what I’m dealing with. I thought I wasn’t going to manage it.”
His wife Majella overcame her own struggles for this sports feature on the show, which premieres on Sunday 10th March.
Majella had to deal with her bad balance from a perforated eardum and her arthritis to climb on the shoulders of a Mad-City Ski Team member and cruise 10ft in the air.
“Yes, I was absolutely terrified of the waterskiing. It felt high,” she admitted.
“There was also the problem that I’m not that agile and when I was on his shoulders, I had to wrap my legs around his back to grip on, but I’m very stiff like that as I have a bit of arthritis.”
This high-action segment is just one of the unusual experiences that Daniel and Majella will take on in the new series of Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip. The go-getting couple has always dreamed of going on a road trip across America, and when an invitation to play in North Dakota came up, the opportunity was too good to pass.
Deciding to take a less direct route to the concert, Daniel and Majella landed in Chicago a few weeks before and took a unique road trip deep through the Mid-West of America in an RV.
In the first instalment of Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip, we see the couple being introduced to their new RV for the first time.
However, viewers will find that the romance of hitting the open road in an RV is very different to the reality.
The scenery of Wisconsin, Minnesota, South and North Dakota is breathtaking, and the rolling plains of The Badlands are stunning, but life in an RV would test any couple.
Majella revealed how the O’Donnell’s came to love their cosy RV, but by the time the trip was over it was definitely “time to go home”.
Lots of laughs, some tears and tons of surprises are in store for Daniel and Majella’s USA Road Trip. Fans of Daniel and Majella are all looking forward to following their journey of a lifetime this Sunday at 9.30pm on RTE One.