Friday 20 October 2017

I owe it all to Ryan - Nicky salutes his American idol

Nicky Byrne
Nicky Byrne

Ken Sweeney AND Kirsty Blake Knox

IRISH star Nicky Byrne said his greatest inspiration is US host Ryan Seacrest.

American Idol presenter and dad-of-two Seacrest is one of the best known in the industry.

And Nicky, who is the face of high-profile RTE show The Hit, said that Ryan was his muse and motivation.

"Ryan Seacrest was the inspiration -- he uses his site to feature the TV shows he presents and produces," he said.

Seacrest is one of the hardest working presenters in the US TV industry.

He's also extremely rich and has been dubbed the King of Reality TV -- he is the man responsible for the Kardashian's multiple TV spin-off series.

Ryan is a multi-millionaire and one of the most influential and powerful broadcasting executives in the States -- so it makes sense Nicky wants to follow in his footsteps. Last night, Nicky and Aidan Power presented the first episode of RTE's new talent show The Hit.

"The best thing is that it's an Irish format," Nicky said.

The former Westlife star has said presenting is an area he wants to get more heavily involved in.

He has fronted several TV shows, including Football's Next Star, and filled in for Ryan Tubridy when the 2fm host celebrated his 40th birthday.

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But 2fm boss Dan Healy got into hot water earlier this month when he said dismissed Nicky's broadcasting abilities.

However, the dad-of-two insists there is no bad blood between them.

"I spoke to Dan and we cleared the air," he said.

Nicky's wife Georgina is expecting their third child in October and proud dad Nicky said: "We are happy and healthy, so all good."

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CAPTION: ROLE MODEL: Nicky Byrne, left, has been inspired by Ryan Seacrest, inset,

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