Friday 30 September 2016

'Westlife haven't wished me luck yet', says Eurovision's Nicky Byrne

Sean O'Grady

Published 04/05/2016 | 07:10

Nicky Byrne with backing band Ian White, Jennifer Healy, Jason Boland and Janet Grogan at Dublin Airport. Photo: Kyran O’Brien
Nicky Byrne with backing band Ian White, Jennifer Healy, Jason Boland and Janet Grogan at Dublin Airport. Photo: Kyran O’Brien

They were bandmates for 14 years, but Nicky Byrne’s former Westlife pals have not yet called to wish him good luck in the Eurovision Song Contest.

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The Dubliner (37) said goodbye to Ireland yesterday as he flew to Stockholm to prepare for his performance in the second semi-final on May 12.

However, Nicky reckons Shane Filan, Markus Feehily and Kian Egan don’t even know he has left yet.

“They haven’t wished me luck yet, no. I think for them it’s too far out,” he told the Herald. “They probably don’t even know I’m travelling today.”

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

The singer believes the lads will pass on their best wishes before long.

“I’m sure they will. Yeah, I’m sure the lads will be on to me soon,” he said.

Although the 2fm presenter is looking forward to representing Ireland on the international stage, he admitted it was hard saying goodbye to his wife Georgina and children Rocco, Jay and Gia in Dublin.

“It was tough leaving Georgina and the kids but they’re following me out next week,” he said. “Gia doesn’t understand yet, but she knows I’m getting on a plane.”

‘Syrupy song’: Westlife members Shane Filan, Marcus Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan
‘Syrupy song’: Westlife members Shane Filan, Marcus Feehily, Nicky Byrne and Kian Egan

With his legions of boyband fans behind him, Nicky admitted he was getting emotional ahead of next week’s contest.

“I’m very excited. I couldn’t really sleep last night. It’s a massive undertaking,” he said.

“I didn’t shed a tear, but one of the fans on Twitter sent me a great video of good luck messages from around the world from Westlife fans.

“When I watched that, it kind of had me going. I felt like Rocky.”

The Sunlight singer said he is planning to secure some votes at the pre-contest parties.

“I won’t be drinking at them but I’ll be certainly popping my head in like every good politician does,” he said.

“I’ll be going to every party I can to drum up the votes.”

Years of poor and appalling results have tarnished Ireland’s once stellar reputation in the Eurovision.

Herald

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