Monday 5 December 2016

'People are asking me, 'Are you mad?'' - Nicky Byrne reveals why he's tackling Eurovision

Elaine McCahill

Published 13/01/2016 | 11:54

Nicky Byrne has said people are asking him if he's "mad" to represent Ireland in the Eurovision but he said he's decided to feel the fear and do it anyway.

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The former Westlife star admitted he'll be nervous but hopes he can take Ireland to the final.

“I knew it would be shocking news but there seems to be a lot of interest at home and among Westlife fans in Europe,” he told the Herald.

“I know what’s at stake when you put yourself up for something like this.

13/01/2016 Nicky Byrne at the announcement by RTE that he will represent Ireland in Eurovision 2016 in Sweden with the song Sunlight in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins
13/01/2016 Nicky Byrne at the announcement by RTE that he will represent Ireland in Eurovision 2016 in Sweden with the song Sunlight in the Morrison Hotel, Dublin. Photo: Gareth Chaney Collins

“People are saying to me, ‘are you mad?’ but I’m a firm believer in that I’d rather live a life going ‘oh well’ than thinking ‘what if?’

“Life is for living and it boils down to me believing in the song."

Nicky co-wrote the song with Ronan Hardiman and Wayne Hector, who wrote several of Westlife's hits including Flying Without Wings.  He has also written songs for One Direction, Nicki Minaj and more.

Despite Nicky's years in Westlife touring arenas, including the Globe Arena where this year's Eurovision will take place, he admitted he will still be nervous taking to the stage.

“Of course I’ll be nervous, really nervous," he said.

"I was nervous doing those big shows with Westlife but after a few nights on tour you’d get into a stride. I don’t have that luxury with Eurovision."

The 2fm presenter is also hoping that performing to millions of people across Europe will kickstart his solo career.

Nicky is the last member of Westlife to release solo material.

“I’ve written this album over the past few years and it was always going to come out in 2016,” he said.

“We’re talking to a label at the moment and I think a deal usually comes off the back of a single and I think Sunlight is the song to do that, it just happens to also be Ireland’s entry to the Eurovision,” he said.

“Hopefully the album will come out later this year but right now I’m riding the crest of this wave of Eurovision.”

Nicky has also decided not to receive a fee and instead has requested his payment to go back into the production costs.

“It’s an honour to represent my country and it makes sense to me to put that money into the performance so it can look better," he said.

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