Nicky Byrne returned to London Eurovision Party venue Café de Paris, the nightclub where his former boyband Westlife launched back in 1999. Before the show, wiwibloggs caught up with him and discussed Ireland’s history at Eurovision, his hopes for Stockholm and album plans.
Nicky acknowledged that Ireland’s Eurovision performance in recent years was far removed from their glory years in the 1990s, but he wanted to take Ireland into the grand final. “Recently, in the past 20 years, we’ve fallen off a cliff. All the other countries take it so seriously and we should do that. We should get to try and go back there.”
There’s a lot of pressure for the Westlife star and popular Irish radio host to qualify, but Nicky says if he doesn’t make it, he’ll still be proud of what he’s done. “I’ve got to think positive, and to be honest if that happens, I will walk away and say I did my best.”
Nicky’s Eurovision entry “Sunlight” is also his first solo release and marks the launch of his pop career post-Westlife. He says the opportunity is huge. “I feel I’ve written a great solo album that I want people to hear.”