Westlife’s Nicky Byrne for Ireland in 2016?


Nicky Byrne Westlife Eurovision 2016Ireland has gone into a Eurovision furore when newspaper the Irish Independent hinted online that Westlife’s Nicky Byrne would represent the country in this year’s Contest in Stockholm. 

The newspaper’s website quickly deleted the article, just minutes after it was posted, but it hasn’t stopped people from talking and speculating that the former Westlife star may indeed be poised for a Eurovision appearance this coming May.

When asked to comment on the rumours, Nicky commented on his 2FM radio show that “I don’t comment on rumours, I never have done and anything you’ve read are unconfirmed reports”.

Ireand holds the record for most Eurovision wins ever with seven. This however has been put in jeopardy in recent years, as Ireland haven’t won since 1996 and Sweden have been on a winning streak, hot on their heals with six wins.

Sweden Mans Zelmerlow 2015

Sweden could equal Ireland’s record with a win in 2016

Byrne is no stranger to Eurovision as he announced the Irish votes in 2013, 2014 and 2015, but can he make the jump from presenter to performing on the world’s largest stage? We’ll have to wait and see!

If this is the case, then that means that it will be Ireland’s first internal selection since 2007, and may mean that they have put the Late Late Show Eurosong Selection to bed. A shame given that something exciting usually kicks off at it (remember Linda Martin v Billy McGuinness in 2014?).

RTE have not confirmed or denied the rumours and have said that they will be ready to make a big announcement regarding their Eurovision entry later this month. We can’t wait!

What are your thoughts? Do you want internal selection (Nicky Byrne or another act?), could they go one further and have boy band Westlife reform for the occasion, or do you love a selection process with a public vote?

2 thoughts on “Westlife’s Nicky Byrne for Ireland in 2016?

  1. This is Michael Gannon junior here first of all Nicky Byrne should write his one song and then sumite the song to be selected by a panel they will look at all the songs first then you to go to Ray Darcy on his radio show on the 9th of Febuary and everyone will listen to all 5 Eurovision songs on the radio and then go to late late Eurosong special with With Ryan and members of public will decide on the right song for Ireland and that should be the way I would go back and get the selection process and the public vote the right way for Ireland rght now

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    1. Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. I agree totally that the public should have a say in the selection of their national entry. However I do also think that Ireland need to have a complete overhaul of their current process. They need more high profile entries competing in the selection process, and they need to make representing Ireland in the Eurovision something that is something to aspire to.

      I think it has become a bit of a joke, and no one wants to be associated with it. I think having Nicky Byrne represent Ireland, may go towards bringing back that prestige, but I do wish some of our other brilliant musical talents out there would put themselves forward too.

      You only have to look at other European countries- Sweden, Denmark, Italy, Lithuania and Hungary (to name a few) to see how much work and emphasis is put into choosing their entry. Ireland (and the UK) always seem to pull something shoddy together very last minute. It would be great if they competed over a few weeks/stages, put an emphasis on not only the song, but the singer, style and staging of the performance.

      They should also have an international jury on the show made up of other countries competing in the contest, because at the end of the day Ireland can’t vote for Ireland at Eurovision. This would increase our chances of winning. Also perhaps increase the amount of songs shortlisted for the live final from five to perhaps 8-10.


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