Wednesday 7 December 2016

'We can't take that risk' - 2fm's Nicky Byrne reveals DJ from rival station admits boycotting Eurovision single

Published 23/05/2016 | 16:08

Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne

2fm DJ Nicky Byrne has revealed that a leading DJ from a rival radio station admitted they were deliberately refusing to play his Eurovision single.

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Nicky represented Ireland with Sunlight, which also happens to be the lead single from his debut solo album of the same name.

Released by Universal Music, it was sent to radio stations across the country to get airplay in the run up to competition in Stockholm.

However, Nicky, who hosts The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene on RTE 2fm, said that other stations were refusing to play the track.

Nicky Byrne's wife Georgina with their twin boys Rocco and Jay (9) and daughter Gia (2) at Dublin Airport yesterday Photo: Mark Doyle
Nicky Byrne's wife Georgina with their twin boys Rocco and Jay (9) and daughter Gia (2) at Dublin Airport yesterday Photo: Mark Doyle

Speaking to Ray D'Arcy on RTE Radio 1, he said he spoke to one DJ who admitted they were boycotting the single.

"I remember saying to one of the lads who I know from a big radio station, who I have a great relationship with that station and have had in my entire career with Westlife, and saying to him, 'Do you really think that if you play my record people are going to think, Oh, I'm going to listen to 2fm from now on?  Funnily enough his reaction kinda was, 'Well we can't take that risk.' That was hard to take but that is the reality of it."

Nicky Byrne and team Ireland in the Green Room waiting for the result
Nicky Byrne and team Ireland in the Green Room waiting for the result

Nicky added, "Eurovision will come and go.  It's disappointing if they don't give me a chance like somebody who wasn't on a different radio station."

Nicky also revealed that his twin sons Rocco and Jay (9) were "broken-hearted" when he didn't make the final.

"They were broken-hearted," he said, "I came back in to the hotel and walked into the lobby and I knew my family were down the very back and I met the lads mid-way and the big red eyes on them."

He added, "It was a life lesson for them as well.  Gia [his daughter] walked up and a little bit after them and said, 'Daddy are you sad?', she's only two and a half. 

"They didn't really say much, they were just looking at me.  I don't think they expected... they're too young to realise that daddy's mightn't qualify.  It's a life lesson - we've moved on."

Asked if he has been shielded from knocks given he has made a success of everything he has attempted in the past, Nicky said he has "had knocks in the past as well."

"It was always going to be gamble, always going to be a risk.  Part of me me will forever go, 'Why did we not end up in the final?'  I still think, in fact I'm adamant, it was  really good performance, strong enough to be be there, stronger than a lot of stuff that got through."

Despite the disappointment Nicky said he had no regrets about representing Ireland and said he still loves Eurovision.

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