Tuesday 17 October 2017

Nicky Byrne 'nervous' ahead of the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm

Nicky Byrne pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne pictured with Fan Michael Dalton from New Ross in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne with backing band Ian White,Jennifer Healy,Janet Grogan and Jason Boland pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

Sean O'Grady

He may be one of Ireland’s biggest pop stars, but Nicky Byrne is still nervous to take to the stage at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm.

The former Westlife star jetted off to the Swedish capital today from Dublin airport to get stuck into days of intensive rehearsals, media appearances and promotional parties.

The 2fm presenter will strut his stuff on the second semi-final on May 12 with the hope of qualifying for the big event on the 14.

“I won’t be afraid of the stage but that doesn’t mean I won’t be nervous,” he told Independent.ie.

“Of course I will. It is the biggest stage around.”

With Russia’s entry Sergey Lazarev the hot favourite to take home the gold, Nicky is feeling the pressure to turn out a stellar performance.

Nicky Byrne with backing band Ian White,Jennifer Healy,Janet Grogan and Jason Boland pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne with backing band Ian White,Jennifer Healy,Janet Grogan and Jason Boland pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

The singer has already been busy promoting the song around Europe and recently appeared on Ukrainian television performing his song Sunlight.

With the contest just around the corner, the Dublin native is hoping his legions of Westlife fans will pick up the phone and vote.

Nicky Byrne pictured with Fan Michael Dalton from New Ross in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne pictured with Fan Michael Dalton from New Ross in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

“I think the Westlife fan base around the world will help a little bit,” he said.

“At the end of the day, it is a big competition and that will only take you so far.

Nicky Byrne pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne pictured in Dublin Airport Prior to his departure to Represent Ireland in The Eurovision Song Conters in Sweden. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

“What you need is a great performance and a great song.”

While Nicky admitted the pop group released some questionable songs over the years, the fans have never let him down.

“The Westlife fans are great. Even when we released some dodgy songs over the years, they were the best in the world.

“During those years, we were lucky that when we were in competitions, when there was a public vote, they came out in droves.”

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