Byrne’s up-tempo and polished ‘Sunlight’ could be our ray of hope
Nicky Byrne's up-tempo single 'Sunlight' is certainly the most credible Eurovision entry we've had in years.
I mean, who can forget Donna and Joe or Dustin the Turkey - and, let's face it, we've tried.
You might say 'Sunlight' offers a ray of hope.
It's tightly packaged pop: polished, upbeat and filled with lots of meaningful sentiments. We are told to "dance like you feel it" and "sing like you mean it".
OK, it's not exactly Lennon and McCartney, but Eurovision songs aren't known for their lyrical qualities.
In 'All Kinds of Everything', Dana told her boyfriend she thought of him whenever she saw "wishing-wells", "morning dew", "postcards", and "things of the sea".
And in 1968, Spain won with 'La,La,La' - a song which contains no fewer that 138 "Las".
Perhaps, Nicky's song is bit too similar to last year's winning entry, 'Heroes' by Mans Zelmerlow.
This could work to its disadvantage, as Eurovision voters tend to swing from ballads to pop songs - and back again - and 'Heroes' was pure pop.
Eurovision fans also love a touch of the unexpected: just look at its former winners - the bearded beauty Conchita, Finnish rocking orcs Lordi, and manic dancer Loreen.
Online, 'Sunlight' has received a mixed reaction: some love it, while others are surprised the ex-Westlifer has ditched his trademark key change and stool.
But Byrne (above). who has waived his payment, is taking this seriously.
Let's hope it pays off. It's been too long since we staged the Grand Prix in Ireland.
Kirsty Blake Knox