Nadia Forde shuns critics 'as long as the FAI are happy' with her singing
Double threat Nadia Forde might be singing the national anthem at tonight’s Ireland v Latvia friendly, but insisted it is “about the boys”.
The top model turned singer stunned the audience at the Aviva stadium when she sang Amhran na bhFiann in front of a 50,000 strong crowd in September.
And now that she’s been recruited by the FAI for more performances, she’s upping her game and ignoring the critics.
“I’m really looking forward to singing tonight, I was a little bit nervous this morning but once we get a proper rehearsal in today, I know I’ll feel much better,” she told Independent.ie.
“Tonight is more about O’Neill and Keane, I’m just excited to be part of such a big night. It’s a new management team and it’s an exciting time for Irish football.
“I’m going to show up and do what they’ve asked me to do! I’m more interested in seeing the dynamic between the two lads tonight. It’s a fantastic night to be part of, it’s the first game for them working together.”
The aspiring actress, who is dividing her time between Dublin, London and LA for the coming months, said that she has received mainly positive feedback regarding her last performance, but shrugs off critics “as long as the FAI are happy”.
“I’ve had lovely feedback, everyone has been so nice to me,” she said.
“I really appreciate every single message that comes in, it’s been overwhelming.
“You’re always going to get people that might have a few negative comments to say, no matter what you do- whether it’s singing, acting or modelling.
“You’re never going to please everyone. The most important thing is the FAI are happy.
“It’s part of the territory really. I take the comments on board and I try to work on it, but I’m also trying to the best I can, like I do with all aspects of my work. “
As for the million dollar question of what to wear, Forde has yet to finalise her outfit for tonight’s performance, which will undoubtedly be one of the most watched sports spectacles of the year due to Martin O’Neill and Roy Keane’s management debut.
“That’s still to be decided,” she added.
“ I was in London yesterday with work, I’ve been away a good bit lately so I’m not sure about outfit choices just yet.
“I’ll have my first rehearsal and first fitting this afternoon so we’re under a little bit of pressure.
“So long as you wear something that’s Irish and appropriate. I could wear green again or a little shamrock on my chest, but I certainly won’t be wearing any sparkles! We’ll leave that to another night.”
And while O’Neill has revealed tonight’s game “will not be a friendly”, there will surely be celebrations afterward regardless of the outcome.
“I’m working in Navan and Drogheda tomorrow, so my celebrations will be immediately after with my friends,” she explained.
“I’ve also got panto rehearsals next week for Jack and the Beanstalk so I’m very busy from now until Christmas.
“I’m lucky that my modelling work has brought me back full circle to what I love to do. I’m also extremely lucky that I basically get paid to do what I love. When I was little, I always wanted to be on stage singing and acting and I never thought it be my job as an adult. “