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Kian Egan: Boyzlife's two-man show 'unfair on the fans'

Published 19/03/2016 | 10:19

Keith Duffy
Keith Duffy

Former Westlife member Kian Egan doesn't seem very impressed with the plans by veteran pop stars Brian McFadden and Keith Duffy to do a two-man tour as Boyzlife.

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Brian McFadden became famous in Westlife, while Keith Duffy was a Boyzone stalwart.

So their new venture is a combination of the country's two biggest boybands.

However, the choice of name for the new double act is raising eyebrows.

"What do I make of it all? You know good luck to them," Kian (inset) said initially when he was asked about it.

However, the Voice of Ireland coach then went on to describe it as "a bit of an odd one".

"A member of Westlife who left the band after four years decides to use half the name for whatever it is that they are doing.

"I certainly was scratching my head a bit when I saw it at first, kind of going, 'What? Boyzlife?'"

In an interview on 98FM's Big Breakfast show yesterday, one of the show's presenters said he thought it meant that everybody was getting together.

Aggravating

"From a perspective of someone who spent 15 years in Westlife, it was really aggravating, and it was really unfair on the fans, I thought that you know everybody thought that this was what was happening, that Westlife and Boyzone were getting together to do a tour, and the name Boyzlife is the reason why.

"It was a clever marketing ploy, I suppose.

"Personally speaking, I think, you know, it's not the right way to do it.

"If Westlife were ever going to get back together again it would be Westlife.

"It wouldn't be Westlife and Boyzone or somebody else," he said.

"It would be the four guys who stood in Croke Park the day Westlife ended," the Voice judge (35) added.

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