Ireland 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.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?