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Nicky proves he’s a big Hit at RTE with summer TV presenting gig

FORMER Westlife star Nicky Byrne is to be one of the two hosts of RTE summer music show The Hit.

Already used to playing in vast arenas, the 34-year-old will join co-presenter Aidan Power live on-stage at the O2 in July when established names perform the songs of unknown songwriters. Continue reading Nicky proves he’s a big Hit at RTE with summer TV presenting gig

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Nicky to fill in for Tubs on 2fm while he celebrates 40th


FORMER Westlife star Nicky Byrne is back in the studio.

But instead of recording boyband ballads, he will be filling in for 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy. Nicky will front Ryan’s radio show on May 29 when the big man celebrates his 40th birthday.

2fm had planned to announce the news early next week, but their plans were dashed when outspoken music mogul Louis Walsh spilled the beans live on air.

Louis was appearing on Colm Hayes’ radio show to talk about his own upcoming stint on the station. Louis will host a special three-hour ‘oldies show’ on the June bank holiday Monday. But before long he started talking about Nicky’s hush-hush gig.

“You know Nicky’s coming? Nicky Byrne, he’s starting here in a few weeks time. You know that?” the X Factor judge asked Colm.

But presenter Colm appeared surprised, saying on air: “Why did you do this? We told you before you came you were not to mention Nicky Byrne.”

“But he’s in Westlife,” Louis replied. “And he’s going to be in for just one day.”

“Colm, your job’s safe,” he said. “Don’t worry, and he’s just doing Ryan’s job for one day.”

Colm told listeners this information “hadn’t been released yet”.

“Well it is now!” Louis shouted. “Nicky Byrne is doing 2fm for Ryan!”

And dad-of-two Nicky said he is delighted: “I really didn’t have to be asked twice when 2fm approached me to fill in on Tubridy,” he said.

“It’s massive boots to fill and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

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Nicky will be a dad again

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Nicky Byrne to take break from music to focus on following TV dream

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne says he’s happy to put his music career on hold — and is now looking for a high-profile presenting role.

The Dubliner appeared in hit BBC show Strictly Come Dancing after Westlife split last summer, and he revealed that he’s giving music a break.

“I’m happy to give it a rest for a while,” Nicky (34) said.

“I’m a driven and ambitious person and I know I can’t beat what I did in Westlife.

“I’ve no interest in becoming the next big solo star. For me, that’s not the right thing to do.”

Instead, he’s hoping to be on prime time TV — and while he’s had small projects in the past, he’s now “having the right meetings with the right people”.

Speaking at the re-opening of the Morrison Hotel in Dublin — also attended by Kathryn Thomas, Nadia Forde and the Dublin Wives — Nicky explained: “Dermot O’Leary, Ryan Seacrest, Ant and Dec, Vernon Kay — there’s a lot of scope in that field.

“I’d love to present a big Saturday night entertainment show — that would be ideal.”

Nicky also revealed that he’s in talks with both RTE and BBC to present a radio show.

He is also considering a role in the West End — with offers of musicals flooding in after his raised profile in the UK.

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Anyone want some exclusive Westlife news? can reveal exclusive news about Westlife’s future plans.

Firstly, Shane Filan is planning to launch his solo career on The X Factor.
The former Westlife star has already recorded his debut single, which has been described as “Buble meets Adele”. Filan’s Manager, Louis Walsh, has vowed to pull out all the stops for the project, as he is determined to reverse the star’s fortunes following his recent bankruptcy.

Shane will first appear on The X Factor to help Louis pick his final four acts. He’ll then perform his solo single for the first time during the live finals and the intention is to make the song available for download straight afterwards. Celebritain have learned that the release could coincide with the release of the band’s next live dvd.

A Source told Celebritain “Louis isn’t going to waste any time with Shane. In the wake of his financial issues the plan is to launch him as soon as possible and the only thing they’re waiting for is The X Factor. There’s no way they’re going to waste the opportunity to launch Shane’s career infront of so many viewers”.
Ironically, the performance will see Shane go head-to-head in a ratings battle with his former bandmate Nicky Byrne, who is negotiating lucrative offer to appear on BBC One’s Strictly Come Dancing. The BBC have huge plans for Nicky including his own show on BBC Radio 2. They are also hoping he will agree to become a mentor on The Voice.

A Source told Celebritain “The BBC want to turn Nicky in to their next big star. There are talks of him either becoming a mentor on The Voice or even a co-host, when the show gets a revamp next year. The idea is to give him his own Radio 2 show as well and turn him into a major new face on the channel”.
Kian Egan has also agreed to continue as a mentor on The Voice of Ireland whilst Mark is not planning to release any solo material until late next year.

Fans of the band were in mourning today after they performed together for the final time in Dublin’s Croke Park last night. However the legend will live on with an official 2013 calendar and potentially a new live cd to accompany the official Farewell Concert and documentary dvd scheduled for release 19th November.

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Nicky Byrne to present football talent show

Westlife star Nicky Byrne may have missed out on hosting ‘The Voice Of Ireland’ — but RTE has not left him waiting long.

The 33-year-old will present the Irish version of ‘Football’s Next Star’.

Mr Byrne was signed by Leeds United when he was 16 before moving into music.

The RTE version of the show will see 10 young footballers battle for one place at Celtic’s Youth Academy.

A Celtic oaching team will be in Ireland this weekend to conduct trials with interested teenage boys.

Tomorrow and Sunday will see the first trials taking place at the AUL Centre, at Clonshaugh in north Dublin, with the second and final weekend of trials taking place at the University of Limerick on March 10 and 11.

The trials are open to open to 16 and 17-year-old boys.

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Nicky Byrne’s TV plans

Nicky Byrne has revealed to 98FM that he would love a career in television when Westlife split next Summer after their two Farewell concerts at Croke Park. He particularly likes the buzz of live TV. He also told there are other elements of the entertainment business he wants to look into.

He has recently taken up an opportunity to narrate “The Snowman” at the Grand Canal Theatre. on December 11th. They approached him to do it long before Westlife announced their split and Nicky felt it would be a great opportunity to take up so he can’t wait.