Nicky Byrne has admitted that hosting Dancing With The Stars was a “massive win” for him as a presenter.
The singer has gone on to establish a successful career as a radio host and TV presenter since Westlife split, but landing a co-hosting role on RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars was his biggest presenting gig to date, and Nicky went down a hit with viewers.
Nicky previously hosted TV shows like The Hit and Million Euro Challenge, but neither have come close to the success of Ireland’s very first Dancing With The Stars.
“I think I needed this to be honest – as a host, for me personally,” he told the Irish Mirror.
“It’s been a win for everyone but it has been a massive one for me. And for Amanda too.
“Everyone I’ve met has spoken about it positively and it’s great. I’ve done a few little things, a few big things and I’ve joked about, ‘Please give me a format that I don’t have to explain’.
“Thankfully this was just me enjoying myself and being as natural as possible, along with having the guys back, because I’ve done Strictly before,” he said.
GAA star Aidan O’Mahony was crowned the winner of Dancing With The Stars on Sunday night, which upset many viewers as finalists Aoibhin Garrihy and Denise McCormack were favourites to win from week one.
Despite the criticism, Nicky has insisted that Aidan deserved to win as he’s “been on a journey”.
“It’s a public vote – it is what it is. Aidan won because most people voted for him, end of.
“I think they’re all winners but Aidan has been on the journey. He started off and we probably wouldn’t have predicted him to be the winner in the beginning.
“He has that eye of the tiger thing – all sports people do. They don’t like to be told they need to improve but they take it into their head and they do it,” Nicky explained.
Meanwhile, over the weekend it was revealed that DWTS is yet to be recommissioned by RTÉ for a second series.
Although a second series of the show is yet to be confirmed, Nicky would love to host it again.
“It’s not been confirmed yet but I’d love to do it. I’ve had the best fun over the last 12 weeks. It’s busy because I’ve been doing radio as well but no busier than in the Westlife years.
“I’m going to bring the kids out with Georgina and get back to Sunday lunches. I’m going to get back to the boys’ matches on a Saturday – we used to rehearse on Saturday so it was seven days a week for me.
“I’ve loved it but it’ll be nice to have my weekends back,” he added.