Monday 26 September 2016

Eurovision veteran Brian Kennedy 'can't remember' Nicky Byrne's song and says he'll find it 'tough'

Sean O'Grady

Published 26/04/2016 | 07:36

Nicky Byrne at the announcement by RTE that he will represent Ireland in Eurovision 2016 in Sweden with the song Sunlight
Nicky Byrne at the announcement by RTE that he will represent Ireland in Eurovision 2016 in Sweden with the song Sunlight

Brian Kennedy has said that he "can't remember" Nicky Byrne's Eurovision song Sunlight - but wished him all the best in the competition.

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The Belfast singer (49) said it would be "tough" for 2fm's Byrne, given the competition in Stockholm.

"I hope it's a grower, because I can't remember it - but I've only heard it once," he told the Herald.

"Sometimes those songs that are only three minutes long are growers. Fingers crossed."

Brian Kennedy with singers Una Healy and Paula Gilmers ahead of his Eurovision performance in Athens, 2015.
Brian Kennedy with singers Una Healy and Paula Gilmers ahead of his Eurovision performance in Athens, 2015.

Although Ireland has won the Eurovision a record seven times, Kennedy isn't holding out hope for another win this year.

The competition has for a long time faced accusations of political voting and Kennedy reckons Ireland could fall foul of it again this year.

"It is a tough one, because it has come down to geography and we're such a tiny country. But Nicky could surprise us all. I thought Ryan Dolan was a brilliant choice to go to the Eurovision and he came last, so you just don't know."

Kennedy said the most important thing Byrne could do was have fun with it.

"I was chatting to him about it before. He will have fun. It is hard work, it really is, but I knew what I was in for," he said. "You can't moan about it."

Kennedy represented Ireland in 2006 and came 10th with 93 points for the song Every Song Is A Cry For Love - he knows how tough the contest can be. 

"I wish him all the luck in the world, because it is hard work.

"It was an honour to do it, it's an honour to represent your country at anything," he added.

Herald

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