Saturday 16 December 2017

2fm stars slam 'boycott' of Nicky's Eurovision song as 'petty' and 'childish'

Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest
Malahide's Nicky Byrne who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision song contest

Eimear Rabbitt

A number of 2fm’s leading stars have slammed the reported refusal of rival radio stations to play Nicky Byrne’s Eurovision song.

Station boss Dan Healy recently claimed he had been told that Irish radio stations won’t play Byrne’s track Sunlight because of his position as a 2fm presenter.

“Nicky Byrne is representing Ireland and some local and national radio stations will not play his song because he works for 2fm. I’ve been told that. I’ve spoken to Nicky about it,” Healy told the Herald last month.

Radio host Chris Greene, who presents the station’s late night show with co-host Ciara King, described the reported refusal as “petty” and “childish”.

Nicky Byrne during a Press Call in The Morrisson Hotel where he was announced as the Irish Entry for The Eurovision. Photo: Kyran O'Brien
Nicky Byrne during a Press Call in The Morrisson Hotel where he was announced as the Irish Entry for The Eurovision. Photo: Kyran O'Brien

“I think it shows an insecurity,”Greene told the Herald.

“Who cares, just play the song. Do you think its going to have that much of an impact on your business? It is very petty and very childish.”

“We should all be supporting Nicky as our Irish representative,” added Greene’s co-host King.

2fm star Lottie Ryan is a regular contributor to The Nicky Byrne Show with her daily entertainment slot.

“Of course it should be (played),” Ryan said. “It’s our Eurovision song and we should be supporting him.   And wouldn’t it be fab if we did well.”

The Nicky Byrne Show will travel to Stockholm with the ex Westlife star on May 6.

Byrne said he didn’t want to get involved in the “politics” of why stations won’t play his song.

Herald

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