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!
The day has come. Well, almost. We won’t see Nicky perform at the Eurovision 2nd Semi-Finals until tomorrow, but another VERY important show is happening tonight – The Jury Show! This is where Juries will decide what number of points they want to give to Ireland and all the other countries from the same Semi-Final. Their points and tomorrow’s public votes will decide which countries make it to the Finals on May 14th! Here’s the schedule (CET time):
5:00-7:05pm: Semi Final 2 Dress Rehearsal
8:00-9:00pm: Pre Show
9:00-11:05pm: Semi Final 2, Jury Show
I want to wish Nicky the best of luck! He’s already done all of us proud, so hope he just has fun and enjoys it! Go show ’em how it’s done!
Want to start your day with a bit of Nicky? Then tune into TV3’s show Ireland AM at 9am IRE time, where he’ll talk about Eurovision! To those who don’t have the network, you can watch via this online link: tv3.ie/3player/live/tv3/.
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.