When Ireland broadcaster RTÉ revealed last month that Nicky Byrne would be representing Ireland at Eurovision, there was much debate as to whether he’d be a strong enough performer for Eurovision. But Nicky has showcased his talents with the very first live performance of “Sunlight”, which gives many hints of how the song will eventually be staged in Stockholm.
Nicky Byrne has been topping the Wiwi readers’ polls, but this is the first time we’ve had the opportunity to hear him singing “Sunlight” live.
On Saturday night, the former Westlife member took to the stage of The Ray D’Arcy Show. He stood on a raised platform surrounded by two rings of blue lasers, like a cross between Sanna Nielsen’s light cage of “Undo” and David Lindgren‘s Melfest laser lights. When the chorus kicked in, the blue lights were replaced with bold yellow lights, creating their own sunlight effect inside the TV studio.
The lighting wasn’t always successful – the lights often created lens flare in the camera, obscuring too many shots of Nicky. But RTÉ will have plenty of time to fine-tune their plans for staging.
Nicky was accompanied by two female backing singers, as well as a drummer, a guitarist and a keyboard player who were also adding backing vocals. That makes a total of six performers, the Eurovision limit.
So can we expect the staging in Stockholm to be similar? Well, we’re not sure, but that lighting set-up does seem to have had a lot of thought put into it…
And what of Nicky’s vocals? There were no great surprises compared to the studio version. It looks like he’ll be able to deliver a decent performance that, all going well, should put Ireland back in the grand final.
Nicky Byrne performs “Sunlight” live on The Ray D’Arcy Show
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