Wednesday 18 October 2017

'Hot young thing Nicky could be Eurovision's dark horse' - Linda Martin

Repro Free: Irish Eurovision entry Nicky Byrne pictured enjoying the sunshine and fun around Stockholm during the runup to the Eurovision second semi final this Thursday. Picture Andres Poveda
Repro Free: Irish Eurovision entry Nicky Byrne pictured enjoying the sunshine and fun around Stockholm during the runup to the Eurovision second semi final this Thursday. Picture Andres Poveda
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Linda Martin has says she's hoping that Nicky Byrne could be the "dark horse" of the Eurovision as he's a "hot young thing".

But the winner of the 1992 contest said that he'll face some huge competition in Stockholm tomorrow night, as there are some fantastic entries.

"There would be nobody more supportive of Nicky Byrne than myself," Linda, inset, said. "But I think we all realise at this stage that we're not going to win unfortunately.

"I'm being told Russia's going to win, France is going to win and certainly they're favourites from the sound of things. But there's always that dark horse, whether the public just focus on the look of that person or the emotion in that person.

Supportive

"There's always that dark horse than can come through and get votes right across the board. Let's hope that happens with Nicky.

"Let's face it - he's a hot young thing. He's well known in Europe. If he pulls off that vocal and goes for it on Thursday night, I think he'll be OK."

Linda also revealed to Jenny Greene on 2fm that she would consider entering the Eurovision ring again - but only if she could collaborate with fellow contest winner Johnny Logan, who wrote her Why Me? hit.

"The ultimate would be if Johnny wrote another ballad and said, 'Come on Linda, let's do it.' I think the Eurovision fans would just go bonkers," she said.

Nicky's 2fm co-presenter Jenny will jet out to Sweden today along with their radio team to broadcast live from the Eurovision.

His wife Georgina and family will also fly out.

The former Westlife star is continuing to soak up all the Eurovision atmosphere ahead of performing his song Sunlight in seventh position in the second semi-final.

"If you believe in statistics, it's not a bad position to be in," he said.

"But it's all about the performance on the night - and whether people like it and decide to pick up the phone and vote."

Some 50pc of the overall vote will come from the regional juries while the remaining vote will be cast by the voting public.

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