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Thursday 23 January 2020

Here's why 98FM Big Breakfast DJs won't play Nicky Byrne's Eurovision single

Cooper (r) and Luke (l) of The Big Breakfast on 98FM
Cooper (r) and Luke (l) of The Big Breakfast on 98FM
Aoife Kelly

Aoife Kelly

98FM DJs Steven Cooper and Luke O'Faolain have revealed why they don't play Nicky Byrne's Eurovision song.

2fm boss Dan Healy recently claimed that independent Irish radio stations were refusing to play 'Sunlight' because Nicky works at RTE's 2fm.

“Nicky Byrne is representing Ireland and some local and national radio stations will not play his song because he works for 2fm," Healy told the Herald last month.

"I’ve been told that. I’ve spoken to Nicky about it."

However, O'Faolain told the Irish Daily Star that Nicky's job at 2fm has nothing to do with it.

"I don't think it suits our show because it is quite new," he said.

"Every song you hear you'll know - so it's not like you're tuning into something that's unfamiliar because the last thing you want is someone switching off.

"It's just not for our show."

Nicky Byrne will perform Ireland’s 2016 Eurovision entry, which was co-written by Wayne Hector, who has worked with Britney Spears and Nicki Minaj

O'Faolain also pointed out that fellow 98FM presenter Dara Quilty had interviewed Nicky about Eurovision.

Cooper, meanwhile, said that Universal Music did not send him the song and that he does not choose the music for the show.

"It's something completely separate," he said, before adding that he had never played Dustin the Turkey's Eurovision song Irelande Douze Pointe back in 2008.

Several 2fm stars have spoken out about the reported 'boycott' with Chris Greene and Ciara King slamming it as "petty and very childish" and Lottie Ryan adding, "It's our Eurovision song and we should be supporting him."

Vogue Williams, the ex-wife of Nicky's former Westlife band mate BrianMcFadden said, "What p***ed me off this week is that nobody is playing Nicky's song on Eurovision. I think that is so s****y. It's our Irish Eurovision song and nobody is playing it."

Cooper and O'Faolain have taken over from Ray Foley and JP Gilbourne after their departure from the station in December.

The Big Breakfast with Cooper and Luke airs 6-10am weekday mornings on 98FM.

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