Monday 26 September 2016

'You’re not asking me to fight Conor McGregor' - Nicky Byrne addresses those Eurovision rumours

Jane O'Faherty

Published 08/01/2016 | 13:55

Nicky Byrne. Photo: Mark Nixon
Nicky Byrne. Photo: Mark Nixon

Westlife star Nicky Byrne has said he would grab the opportunity to perform at Eurovision 2016 “with both hands”, but refused to confirm if he would be taking to the stage in Stockholm this year.

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Westlife star Nicky Byrne has said he would grab the opportunity to perform at Eurovision 2016 “with both hands”, but refused to confirm if he would be taking to the stage in Stockholm this year.

The popular radio presenter said he would be delighted to represent Ireland at the song contest – if he got the chance and if he had a good enough song.

“If that opportunity arose for me, I would love it because I am very patriotic,” he said. “If I didn’t feel I had a song that would be decent, you wouldn’t consider it.”

“I’d represent my country in tiddliwinks if I got the opportunity,” he added.

Nicky also said he did not think he’d have an advantage over other competitors if he did perform at the contest. But he stressed he would be confident if he was selected to perform at Eurovision.

“You’re halfway up the ladder in terms of people knowing who you are, but that’s not going make you run the show,” he said. “But if you can get a song on top of that, you might do well.”

“You’re not asking me to fight Conor McGregor. You’re asking me to do something that I’ve done all my life,” he added. “If I got the opportunity, I’d give it my best shot.”

Rumours over Nicky’s Eurovision ambitions began this week when his RTE 2fm co-host Jenny Greene hinted the singer would be headed to Sweden.

"The winning song from the Eurovision may or may not be performed live at my wedding but that’s where I'm leaving it,” she said.

The comment fuelled speculation that RTÉ would scrap its open Eurosong competition in favour of selecting one Eurovision candidate.

The broadcaster has not selected a representative without a public vote since 2007.

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