Pip Ellwood-Hughes from Entertaiment Focus wrote a decent review about Nicky’s album, Sunlight. You can read his opinion below. What do you think about it? Is he right? Tell us on Twitter.
Launching a solo career after being part of a hugely successful band isn’t the easiest of things to get right. Nicky Byrne, who was once part of the chart-topping Irish band Westlife, has seen his former band mates experience varying degrees of success since the band decided to call it a day. Of the five original members, Shane Filan has had the most success as a solo artist but even he hasn’t come close to the huge success Westlife enjoyed over their career. Nicky is launching his bid for solo stardom to coincide with his Eurovision attempt, where he is representing Ireland.
On today’s The Nicky Byrne Show, Jenny talked to Nicky on the phone about last night’s Eurovision 2nd Semi-Final results. Sad to hear Nicky so down about what happened, but I hope that he knows he didn’t let anyone down – on the contrary, he made us prouder than ever! We love you, Nicky!
Nicky also released the following official statement:
“Obviously I’m disappointed – I really would have loved to represent Ireland at the final on Saturday, but sometimes things just don’t work out the way you want them to. I went out there and gave it my absolute best shot. I’ve had such an amazing time in Stockholm and I’m so glad I had the honour of representing Ireland at Eurovision. I’ve had some brilliant experiences and met fantastic people so I’ll take those special memories with me. I have no regrets – life is short and it was an incredible opportunity to represent my country in front of a global audience. I would recommend it to any music act to take on the challenge next year – there is no bigger platform. Over 200 million people watch the Eurovision and with America broadcasting the for the first time this year and Justin Timberlake performing during the interval act it just goes to show how popular and loved it is. I want to thank Team Ireland – Ian, Jay, Janet, Jennifer and Johann for all their hard work. It was brilliant to have such a great team with me. Thanks and love to Georgina, the kids and my family, thanks to friends, colleagues,my management team Tim and Joanne, RTE and Universal for all the support in recent months. There are too many people to thank – you know who you are and I’m very grateful for all the support you’ve shown me. Thanks to all the fans and everyone around the world who voted. When I get home I’m looking forward to promoting the new album Sunlight. I’m so proud that I had the opportunity to fly the flag for Ireland at Eurovision 2016.”
Nicky took the stage at the Globe Arena in Stockholm to represent Ireland at the 2nd Semi-Finals and did his country and the world proud! You could see that he was having the time of his life, and all the crowd as well! Nicky shined on stage like he always has and showed just how much work he’s put into this whole experience.
Unfortunately, he didn’t make it to the Eurovision Finals. Of course we’re all sad, specially after seeing how incredibly well he did, but this doesn’t mean he’s not a winner to all of us. It’s been so much fun to follow him on his Eurovision journey and I will always remember this. Nicky, don’t even for a moment think that you did something wrong… You are a star and we’ve never been prouder! You deserve a standing ovation for everything that you’ve done!
Amazing Time Amazing Support I gave it my all, I'm sorry I didn't get us there. I pass on the torch to someone else now next year. 🍀 Nick.
So there have been a lot of new Nicky interviews lately, but it’s always nice to have interviewers spice things up a bit and ask random/different questions! Check these out:
1. In five words, how does it feel to be representing Ireland in the Eurovision?
Excited, proud, nervous, pressured and honoured.
2. What is your favourite Eurovision song ever, and why?
What a tough question! I love the big ones for Ireland, ‘Hold me now’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids’. I do like ‘New Tomorrow’, the Danish entry from 2011 sung by Friend From London.
3. What is your favourite Westlife song ever, and why?
Again tough to pick one. ‘Flying Without Wings’ will be eternally remembered as a great song, but my overall fave is World of Our Own. Back in 2002 even lads stopped us in the street to say: “that’s a half decent song that ‘World of Yisserr Owen’. It always filled dancefloors at parties, and still does.
4. Who do you think is your biggest competition in this year’s Eurovision?
Well the favourite in the bookies is France, and it’s very good. But I like Spain and Malta.
5. Who would your ideal Eurovision supergroup include?
Great question! I’ve decided to form a boyband and it would consist of: The main man – Johnny Logan; second lead singer – Robbie Williams; the one that only gets to do lead vocals every fifth track, but is great to have in there for press – David ‘The Hoff’ Hasslehoff; the one everyone wants to be – Brad Pitt; and the goodlooking one who doesn’t sing – David Beckham. This supergroup would be unstoppable, now to find the right song!
6. Australia in the Eurovision. Discuss.
I like the idea of Oz being involved. They have watched for years and the country is full of Irish and British fans, as well as Europeans. I’d say we are slowly moving towards a World Vision Song Contest in the future!
7. Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to have at a dinner party.
My Dad, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Roy Keane and Erika Eleniak.
8. Who would play you in the Hollywood movie of your life, and what would it be called?
Leonardo Di Caprio stars in Doing The Business.
9. If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’m on a plane at the minute so I’d land, I’d book a flight and go home to the family. I’d get a smoked haddock from Beshoff’s or Burdock’s, with mushy peas and loadsa salt ‘n’ vinegar. And sure if it the world was really ending, I’d go with curry sauce and onion rings too. With a Coca Cola.
10. The meaning of life according to Nicky.
I read somewhere once that life has a sting in the tail. We spend so long worrying about what we should do rather than doing it, and while we are pondering life, it jumps up bites us in the ass and we’re gone, well before we’re ready. It’s short, so go out there and dance!
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!
Ever since we listened to Nicky’s debut single, ‘Sunlight’ and news came out about him representing Ireland at Eurovision, back in Janurary, we’ve been waiting for the day we’d get to see him compete at the song contest and perform at the Globe Arena. Well… That day is finally here! Tonight at 9:00pm CET (8:00pm UK time) the 2nd Eurovision Semi-Finals will take place and Europe will have the chance to vote for their favourite country.
It’s all been building up to this moment, so it’s super important that we step it up and vote, vote, vote! What do I mean by vote? Get all of our friends and family to help us as well. Here’s how it’s going to go down:
ABOUT NICKY & TEAM IRELAND
They will be the 7th performers – That means that we will have to vote for Number 07. Remember this number!
WHERE TO WATCH LIVE
Each participating country will be broadcasting the Semi-Finals on their respective networks. The U.K. will broadcast it on BBC 4. For those who live outside of Europe, you can watch the live stream at Eurovision.tv. (play the video to watch live)
WHO CAN VOTE?
Only the other countries who are part of the 2nd Semi-Final: United Kingdom, Albania, Australia, Belarus, Belgium, Bulgaria, Denmark, F.Y.R. Macedonia, Georgia, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Switzerland, and Ukraine. Ireland can’t vote for its own representative.
HOW TO VOTE?
The voting window opens after the last song has been performed, and ends 15 minutes later. There are 3 ways to vote:
Telephone and/or SMS. (The numbers will vary for each country, only digits that won’t change are the last two – In Nicky’s case: 07). So please remember his number!
Televoters determine 50% of the outcome and professional juries the other 50%.
So now that you know everything, copy this post’s link and repost it on Twitter, Facebook and anywhere else you can think of. Come on, guys! Let’s take Nicky to the finals! Use the hashtag #NickyByrneEurovision07 while tweeting during the show, so we can make it a trending topic!
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!