'Louis has told me already we aren't going to win' - Nicky Byrne reveals Louis Walsh's Eurovision prediction
Eurovision hopeful Nicky Byrne has revealed former Westlife manager Louis Walsh has predicted he will not win the song competition.
Nicky was last week announced as Ireland's Eurovision entry for 2016 with his song Sunlight, co written with Wayne Hector.
The former Westlife star has had an overwhelmingly positive reaction to the announcement, although Louis has his doubts about winning.
"Louis has told me already that we aren't going to win," Nicky told the Irish Daily Mail.
"I am under no illusions. He said I'm not going to win, that it's a good song, it is catchy and it is the best one since Jedward and Lipstick. It could make the top ten; it will qualify but won't win it. And that is Louis for you and if we qualify that will be a resuilt."
However, Nicky has had a more positive reaction from his former Westlife band mates Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Markus Feehily.
"I have to say the response was amazing," he said. "I think we are all men now, I really do. The text messages back from them were just so supportive. Things like, "fully behind you", "Ireland 12 points," "you can do this", "I have your back", from all of them."
Nicky said he was surprised by how supportive and encouraging "one or two of them" had been.
"We loved each other but we hated each other by the end [of Westlife] because we killed each other. But we are brothers and we have never lost that bond so we are all doing really well in our own fields," he said.
Sunlight is the first single from Nicky's upcoming debut solo album. He's the last member of Westlife to release solo material and has worked with Wayne Hector and Irish composer Ronan Hardiman on the songs.
Mr Hector has an impressive track record when it comes to penning stellar pop hits. He has worked with One Direction, Britney Spears, Nicki Minaj and Jason Derulo.