Eurovision news coming out of Ireland has been fairly thin on the ground of late. In fact it’s been non-existent. But in the last 24 hours, there’s been a flurry of rumours, all pointing to former Westlife singer Nicky Byrne being internally selected by RTÉ as Ireland’s man in Stockholm.
Nicky Byrne at Eurovision 2016
The speculation began late on Wednesday when the Irish Independent published and quickly deleted an article suggesting that Byrne was heading to Eurovision. However, it remained online long enough for the internet to catch wind. We published the news and by this morning several Irish media outlets were also reporting on the rumours. The Independent also re-published their story.
Since leaving Westlife, Nicky Byrne has become a radio DJ on RTÉ 2fm. Should we expect him to make a big announcement on an upcoming show? You can listen to The Nicky Byrne Show with Jenny Greene every weekday from 11.00 to 14.00 CET. It might be worth tuning in to today’s programme. (Update 11:10 CET: Nicky did not deny the rumours, but did say that they were unconfirmed)
Nicky Byrne is the only Westlife member not to release solo material. If you want to judge his voice you’ll need to listen to his various solos on tracks recorded by the band.
Ireland’s 2008 representative Dustin the Turkey had a message for Nicky.
— Dustin The Turkey (@DustinOfficial) January 7, 2016
RTÉ Eurovision 2016 Statement
We contacted RTÉ on Wednesday afternoon, just before the Nicky Byrne rumours broke. They simply told us that “RTÉ will be making an announcement regarding our selection process later this month”. The statement is open to interpretation. “Later this month” could be today or it could be 31 January. “Our selection process” could mean anything.
If Byrne does turn out to be RTÉ’s pick, this will be the second time an internally selected artist for Stockholm has been leaked to the media before the official announcement, following Douwe Bob’s early announcement in the Netherlands.
Things are certainly heating up in Ireland. Are Nicky and Petra Mede finally set to meet in person (they spoke in 2013 when he delivered Ireland’s points)? And more importantly, would he be a good choice for Ireland? Let us know in the comments below.
*Note: This story was first published on wiwibloggs at 2:00 CET on Thursday morning. Subsequent updates were made at 9.22 CET and 11:10 CET.
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