While in Ukraine, Nicky talked to ESC Bubble about his single ‘Sunlight’ and how he plans to transmit positivity with it. He also mentioned that he hopes to promote the song in more European countries, but he doesn’t have any confirmation yet.
Nicky’s now on his way back to Ireland. We wish him a nice and safe trip!
Nicky killed it tonight! He went on stage and smashed that performance of ‘Sunlight’ at the Ukrainian National Eurovision Finals! He looked so confident and you could tell he was having a blast. The stage is all his and nothing makes me happier than seeing him perform and represent Ireland around the world. Nice to see Ukraine being so supportive as well… They even called him the winner of Eurovision already!
In case you missed it or want to watch again, here’s the video. I also added a few pictures, thanks to Greg French, Jamie Duff, Inna Sugak and Vladik.
Thank you Ukraine.. Loved every minute of it ?? Congratulations to Jamala too. See you all in Stockholm
Goss.ie’sThe Gossies 2016 have just announced their Best Radio Show winner and it’s The Nicky Byrne Show! Big congratulations to Nicky and Jenny! I love listening to them every morning – Such a fantastic team! 🙂
The pair was not able to attend the event due to work commitments, but they recorded a short video thanking their listeners and fans for their support:
Eurovision added a video on YouTube where Nicky introduces himself and talks about joining the most popular song contest in the world.
“When Westlife ended, I was presenting the radio show and I was also co-writing my first solo album. So we’re writing away, and in the meantime every year when Eurovision came around I was delivering the votes. You’re talking to the translator, two years, three years in a row she had said ‘You were on Westlife, would you not have a song? Would you not consider Eurovision?’ So the stars were starting to align a little bit. I know I have a song that I love, I know I have a song that people have said to me ‘That’s a really good song’. So I approached the guys and… Here we are.”
The voting in the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be radically transformed this year.
In previous years, the results of the professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result – each accounting for 50% of the final score. But from this year, the professional juries and televoters will each award a separate set of points – from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. This now means the top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points, adding a new level to the show.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
After viewers have cast their votes by phone, text or through the official app, each national spokesperson from the 43 countries will be called in to present the points of their jury. Then after that presentation, the televoting points from will be combined – providing one score for each song. These televoting results will then be announced by the host, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public.
For those wanting to know how their country has voted, the televoting and jury scores from each participating country will be available after the show on Eurovision.tv.
“This new way of presenting the votes is a big step forward, both to make a better television show as well as a more exciting competition,” said the EBU’s Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. “There is more reason than ever to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest. The new voting format guarantees that the song which is most popular among the public will receive twelve points regardless of how the juries voted”.
Stephen Byrne came in to tell Nicky and Jenny all about Leicester City’s success and whether it is the biggest surprise the footballing world has ever seen. You can also watch this short video of them in the studio:
Would you do that at home? Would you? Hmm?! Jenny, Nicky and Stephen Byrne test their heading skills in studio!
People wait every year to see what the Eurovision stage will look like… And today, fans can finally have a sneak peek. Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design for 2016 which is described as powerful and brave.
The set designers have used light as a strong component to create depth. “We want to do something that makes people wonder if it’s even possible”, says Viktor Brattström. Plans also include an innovative LED wall which allows the artists to move inside it. “Normally an LED wall is a flat background wall at the very end of the stage. We have broken up the wall and made it possible for people to move inside it” he added. “This year we are trying to play with the room and create optical illusions”.
Producer, Sven Stojanovic, is very impressed with the design plans; “It’s really a great looking stage, giving us something that we haven’t seen before. In a way the stage gives us almost unlimited possibilities but at the same time forcing us to think in a new way. Creatively it’s both challenging and inspiring”.
I cannot wait to see what Nicky will do with it! #TeamIreland
He’s done it! Nicky sang ‘Sunlight’ for the 1st time on The Ray D’Arcy Show tonight, and made everyone in Ireland and across the world proud! The song is amazing, and the performance was brilliant. Happy I got to watch it live and see Nicky shine onstage like he deserves.
He was also interviewed on the show. He talked about Eurovision, music, his upcoming plans and many more things! Plus, it was great to see all the people’s support when asked to talk to him and give him feedback.
His performance is now available on YouTube as well!
Here are a few pictures from today. Click on them for more!
Nicky’s performance is just a few hours away, but soundcheck has already taken place and he’s also been doing press. Massive thank you to Kaeylea and Goss.ie for sharing some pictures. Stay tuned for his interview with them tomorrow:
He also recorded some videos reminding the fans to catch the show at 10:05pm on RTÉ One:
Nicky Byrne Live rehearsals for The Ray D'arcy Show!