Sunday 25 September 2016

'I was waiting for Ryan Seacrest to say 'Hey man - what are you wearing?' but he never showed up' - Nicky Byrne on the Eurovision Opening Ceremony

Sasha Brady

Published 09/05/2016 | 17:34

Nicky Byrne walks the Eurovision red carpet. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE
Nicky Byrne walks the Eurovision red carpet. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE
Nicky Byrne walks the Eurovision red carpet. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE
Nicky Byrne is joined by Lighthouse X on the Eurovision red carpet. The Danish band are ambassadors for three non-profit organizations. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE

Nicky Byrne has compared Sunday night's Eurovision Opening Ceremony to the Oscars.

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Speaking at the red carpet event in Stockholm on Sunday night, the Irish singer was in high spirits.

"It was incredible," he said of the event.

"I watch E Online and watch the Oscars  - you know and you think wouldn't it be great to be there but yesterday the sun was shining - I was waiting for Ryan Seacrest to say "Hey man - what are you wearing!" but he never showed up," he joked.

Nicky Byrne walks the Eurovision red carpet. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE
Nicky Byrne walks the Eurovision red carpet. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE

"After that we went to the City Hall and it was a great reception where the Mayor did a fantastic speech and all the previous Swedish winners performed - except Abba of course - but Bjorn came down and did a great speech.

"One thing he said last night which resonated with everyone - there's not a lot of things in Europe anymore where you can be yourself and enjoy it and it allows, on a global television scale, for Europe to come together.

"There aren't many things like that anymore on that scale - in fact I don't think there's anything else so it is that couple of weeks of being yourself, coming over, flying your flag, there's friendly rivalry from every nation and it's about - life is short, go and enjoy yourself."

The former Westlife star talked about how how he hoped to make his performance stand out on Saturday night.

Nicky Byrne is joined by Lighthouse X on the Eurovision red carpet. The Danish band are ambassadors for three non-profit organizations. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE
Nicky Byrne is joined by Lighthouse X on the Eurovision red carpet. The Danish band are ambassadors for three non-profit organizations. Photo: Andres Poveda / RTE

"You've got three minutes to be memorable. A lot of countries will do different things. Some people are jumping from trampolines, I know the Belarussian guy was saying he was going to be naked with wolves.

"I think for Ireland - we try to be non gimmicky, more about it's the song, it's the performance and I think me with promoting my solo album - there will be a second single from this and a third single - to me it was more of a One Republic, Maroon 5, Coldplay style look.

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"And I think the performance we are planning on the night you could put in any awards show. It's me singing with a pop rock band with great screens in a live arena."

Nicky recently came under criticism for a less than impressive rehearsal performances.

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"The first three [early rehearsals] last week were about getting a feel for the stage and it's funny because on the second rehearsal I hit an awful ropey note that seemed to stay with me for the next few days!" he said.

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"But that's what rehearsals are for.  You're professional enough to take the good with the bad and see where you go wrong and we're got a great team of people who are flying the flag and we'll give our absolute best to get in the final and if our best isn't good enough we'll look again next year.

"But we really loved it today and I think we're getting everything right now."

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