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Nicky Byrne excited and daunted about new 2fm show

Nicky Byrne says that he is “very excited” about his new 2fm weekday show although he also finds the whole thing very “daunting”.

2fm presenter Ryan Tubridy rang the former Westlife star this morning to congratulate him, saying: “You’re the new boy in town. Welcome aboard!”

Byrne (35) said he was looking forward to his new 11am weekday show, adding: “Obviously I’ve had a great relationship with all of you in there [in 2fm] through Westlife and since that ended. It’s very daunting for me, [but] I’m really, really looking forward to it. I’m very excited.

“I’m delighted and to be honest with you Ryan, it was the draw of a free RTÉ Guide every week that pushed me over the line to be honest with you!”

He added: “Joking aside, I’ve always, as a kid growing up, listened to radio stations and looked at TV presenters and always fancied that line of work.

“Obviously with Westlife when that kicked off it all went bananas, it was so busy and then through Westlife, there’s been a lot of radio work around the world then as guest and on TV.

“It does feel natural to want to do that and to start it. But I never thought I would manage to secure, at my age, to get a live show five days a week. Huge responsibility and a great opportunity.”

Byrne will present a weekday show from 11am to 1pm on RTÉ 2fm.

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Nicky Byrne joins new 2fm line-up

Former Westlife member Nicky Byrne has joined 2fm’s new line-up and will present a new 11am show on weekday mornings.

The 35-year-old Dubliner previously presented 2fm’s Celebrity Sunday in 2010 and filled in for Ryan Tubridy in May of last year.

Commenting on his new role, Byrne said today: “Dan Healy [head of 2fm] has amazing plans and vision for the station moving forward and it is very exciting for me to be part of those plans.

“There is a real belief from within about where the station can go – the thought of being on air Monday to Friday is daunting but very, very exciting. It is a massive opportunity for me, one in which I hope I can deliver on forming a successful relationship with the station for many years to come.

“Now it’s time to start planning, developing and presenting my new show and I really can’t wait to get chatting to our listeners nationwide daily.”

Byrne will be joined by another new voice to day time radio on 2fm who will be announced in the coming days. This is the second announcement in the new 2fm shake up. Bernard O’Shea, Keith Walsh and Jennifer Maguire were revealed last week as the new 2fm breakfast presenters.

Since Westlife’s split, Byrne has began a TV presenting career and has most recently presented RTÉ’s The Hit and last year took part in BBC series Strictly Come Dancing and RTÉ Two’s Football’s Next Star.

He is married to Georgina Ahern, the eldest daughter of former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, and they have twin boys and a daughter.

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Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has been secretly recording a solo album

The Dublin singer has already recorded about eight songs and plans to create a full album

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne has secretly been following his bandmates lead and recording a solo album.

The Dublin singer has already recorded about eight songs and plans to create a full album.

But Strictly sensation Nicky – who is carving out a career as a TV presenter – is yet to be signed up by a record label.

However the 35-year-old is hoping to be able to get a big-money deal once he has an album ready to sell – like ex-bandmate Kian Egan.

A source said: “Nicky had no plans to get back in the studio for a long time after the split, but he was asked to record a track for a movie.

“Going in front of the microphone again spurred that love of music in him, and he’s been working on a number of his own songs.

“It’s a work in process but he has about eight tracks ready to go – and when it’s finished then he’d be looking for a label.

“He knows that people might not see him as one of Westlife’s lead singers, but he definitely can sing and this proves he can go solo exactly like Kian.”

But insiders insisted that Nicky won’t give up on his dream to become one of Ireland’s biggest TV hosts – after gigs on RTE’s The Hit and Football’s Next Star.

A source said: “Nicky has been pretty clear TV is where his life is mainly, but that only takes so many hours of his day.

“But he’s still looking for more TV presenting gigs – he’s been having a number of meetings in the UK and Ireland.”

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Replay: Strictly Come Dancing at the NIA Birmingham as it happened

Roz Laws reports from the NIA as Abbey Clancy, Ben Cohen, Nicky Byrne, Natalie Gumede, Susanna Reid, Deborah Meaden and Mark Benton take to the floor.

The 2014 tour of Strictly Come Dancing Live kicks off at the National Indoor Arena, Birmingham, on Friday night.

Our showbiz reporter Roz Laws will be there keeping us up to date on the events on stage as Abbey Clancy, Ben Cohen, Nicky Byrne, Natalie Gumede, Susanna Reid, Deborah Meaden and Mark Benton take to the floor.

The curtain is up at 7.30pm. Continue reading Replay: Strictly Come Dancing at the NIA Birmingham as it happened

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