Dancing with the Stars contestant Jake Carter has said he is feeling the pressure ahead of the first elimination of the series as he hopes viewers will get behind him.

Jake topped the leader board on the first week of the series, which saw all of the male dancers bust their moves for the very first time, but even though he was a hit with the judges, he is nervous about the public vote.

"It's kind of a bit daunting, no one wants to be the one to go home, I guess," Jake told RTÉ Entertainment.

"Especially with the public vote, you never really know what way it's going to go; I don't really have a county vote like some of the others probably do, so I am just hopefully relying on if people like my personality and the way I come across, so there is always that added pressure of 'will they vote for me, won't they vote for me'.

"That's just part of the TV show, part of the entertainment, but hopefully it's not me going home."

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Despite his experience as a singer and performing on stage, DWTS is Jake's first foray into the world of dance, even though he has found most people assume it's something he would be familiar with.

"I guess because I am the youngest in the competition, and being a musician and a pop singer, everyone expects me to be able to dance, which isn't necessarily the story, it's my first time dancing, but there is that added pressure  when everyone probably things that I can already dance," he said.

And he's not afraid to put the work in, rehearsing "10-12 hours every day this week" in order to get his footwork down.

"We've been putting in the hours this week and hopefully on Sunday we can smash it," he said.

Dancing with the Stars continues on Sundays on RTÉ One at 6.30pm.