If this doesn’t show what a wonderful person Nicky is, I don’t know what does. He had some special old style microphone lapel pins, made by Newbridge Silve, so he could give them to all his fellow Eurovision contestants.
A pal of Nicky’s said: “Eurovision is all about goodwill and competing. Not everyone will make the Grand Final but they will all receive Nicky’s souvenir.”
Nicky and Team Ireland rehearse one more time before the big and most expected Eurovision show: The 2nd Semi-Finals! Look at some behind the scenes pictures and videos below, and don’t forget to vote for Nicky (number 07)! For more info on how to vote, click here!
And he has finished performing! Nicky took the stage on Wednesday night to perform for the juries, and from what I hear from clips and people’s reactions, he did amazing and got the whole crowd signing and dancing!! So huge congratulations to Team Ireland for nailing it! So proud!
Performance Pictures (thanks to everyone who shared them):
Make sure that you all tune into the live show tomorrow and vote for Number 07 (Nicky). 50% of the votes are the juries and the other 50% is decided by the public! Come on, everyone! We can do this!
RTÉ 2fm is putting together a supportive official Eurovision video for Nicky, and they’re asking his fans to send them 10 second-videos wishing him good luck! (send yours before 10pm this evening, to email@example.com).
Eurovision’s 1st Semi-Finals are tonight (9:00pm CET), and Nicky is getting ready to watch the show and competition. He will be performing tomorrow for the Jury show and then again on Thursday, where all of Europe will be able to vote. He’ll be song #7!
Last week, Nicky talked on the phone to Ellwood-Hughes from Entertainment Focus, where he discussed his debut album and Eurovision. Here are some of the highlights:
Nicky on Representing Ireland at Eurovision.
It’s a very proud honour to represent your country in anything. If you’re the chosen one this year to do it, you give it your best shot and you fly the flag. You just hope that you do your best and everyone is happy.
At the end of the day it’s a song contest not a singing contest. Obviously you have to be able to sing well and there’s plenty of singers in there better than others but it’s the song and the whole package. It’s a bit of everything thrown in there. We’re trying to show people that it’s OK for artists that have had different experiences in their career to go and do Eurovision.
Nicky on his music being different from Westlife’s.
I didn’t sit down and say ‘I want to do something way different here’. Westlife was me as well and I did love the songs. I’m not here going ‘this is what I really am’. Not at all. People didn’t know me as a lead singer apart from the hardcore Westlife fans who would have known the album tracks and seen me on many tours taking leads. I always found myself enjoying the tours the most because I like to be a bit of a showman and an entertainer. I love the big stage and I love the crowds. If you’re going to do an album then you need to do songs that are going to lend themselves well to those live arenas.
What I was trying to do was deliver an emotional vocal delivery and lyrics that people believed in.
What this album is as well is personality. I wanted to deliver the best vocals I can with bags of personality. I’ve always enjoyed a right good laugh and banter on stage, it was always my role in Westlife. I was the one that got people on the stage and you always want people to have fun and go home having enjoyed themselves. You do that by singing the songs but you also do that by doing things they don’t expect you to do. There was one night where there was a guy in the front row with his missus who didn’t want to be there. The front was jumping around and he as sat with his arms folded. We all saw him from the very first song and I thought ‘I’m going to have a laugh with this guy’. I got chatting to him, found out he was from Glasgow and his favourite band was Wet, Wet, Wet. We got him up on the big screens and got someone to get him a pint. We started singing Love Is All Around Us and all the crowd knew it. We put a smile on his face.