Cancel all your Sunday night plans because according to Eurovision Ireland, Nicky will be performing ‘Sunlight’ at the Ukrainian Eurovision National Final! That’s right – Nicky is in Ukraine, and he will be one of the event’s surprise guests! He flew in yesterday and he’s already been interviewed (picture credits to Greg French).
The Ukrainian Final starts at 6:00pm CET time, that means 5:00pm in Ireland and the UK. It will be broadcasted live online on the following websites:
Eurovision added a video on YouTube where Nicky introduces himself and talks about joining the most popular song contest in the world.
“When Westlife ended, I was presenting the radio show and I was also co-writing my first solo album. So we’re writing away, and in the meantime every year when Eurovision came around I was delivering the votes. You’re talking to the translator, two years, three years in a row she had said ‘You were on Westlife, would you not have a song? Would you not consider Eurovision?’ So the stars were starting to align a little bit. I know I have a song that I love, I know I have a song that people have said to me ‘That’s a really good song’. So I approached the guys and… Here we are.”
The voting in the Eurovision Song Contest is set to be radically transformed this year.
In previous years, the results of the professional juries and viewers have been presented as a combined result – each accounting for 50% of the final score. But from this year, the professional juries and televoters will each award a separate set of points – from 1 to 8, 10 and 12. This now means the top 10 countries in both the jury and televote will receive points, adding a new level to the show.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
After viewers have cast their votes by phone, text or through the official app, each national spokesperson from the 43 countries will be called in to present the points of their jury. Then after that presentation, the televoting points from will be combined – providing one score for each song. These televoting results will then be announced by the host, starting with the country receiving the fewest points from the public.
For those wanting to know how their country has voted, the televoting and jury scores from each participating country will be available after the show on Eurovision.tv.
“This new way of presenting the votes is a big step forward, both to make a better television show as well as a more exciting competition,” said the EBU’s Jon Ola Sand, executive supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest. “There is more reason than ever to vote in the Eurovision Song Contest. The new voting format guarantees that the song which is most popular among the public will receive twelve points regardless of how the juries voted”.
If you are part of Westlife’s Official Mailing List, you either just received or will be receiving a very sweet mail from Nicky. He wrote a lovely letter to his fans, welcoming them to his brand new journey. Nicky, always making us proud 🙂 You can read it on full size by clicking on the imagine below:
Sign up to Nicky’s Official Mailing List you haven’t yet, and you could WIN a signed picture! Just visit nickybyrne.com
People wait every year to see what the Eurovision stage will look like… And today, fans can finally have a sneak peek. Swedish broadcaster SVT has revealed the stage design for 2016 which is described as powerful and brave.
The set designers have used light as a strong component to create depth. “We want to do something that makes people wonder if it’s even possible”, says Viktor Brattström. Plans also include an innovative LED wall which allows the artists to move inside it. “Normally an LED wall is a flat background wall at the very end of the stage. We have broken up the wall and made it possible for people to move inside it” he added. “This year we are trying to play with the room and create optical illusions”.
Producer, Sven Stojanovic, is very impressed with the design plans; “It’s really a great looking stage, giving us something that we haven’t seen before. In a way the stage gives us almost unlimited possibilities but at the same time forcing us to think in a new way. Creatively it’s both challenging and inspiring”.
I cannot wait to see what Nicky will do with it! #TeamIreland
He’s done it! Nicky sang ‘Sunlight’ for the 1st time on The Ray D’Arcy Show tonight, and made everyone in Ireland and across the world proud! The song is amazing, and the performance was brilliant. Happy I got to watch it live and see Nicky shine onstage like he deserves.
He was also interviewed on the show. He talked about Eurovision, music, his upcoming plans and many more things! Plus, it was great to see all the people’s support when asked to talk to him and give him feedback.
His performance is now available on YouTube as well!
Here are a few pictures from today. Click on them for more!
The wait is over! Tune into The Ray D’Arcy Show tonight for Nicky’s first performance of ‘Sunlight’, at 10:05PM Ireland time. For those who live outside of Ireland and want to watch the show, it’ll be available to all international viewers on the RTÉ Player. You can visit: rte.ie/player or download the Player International App, by clicking here.
You don’t want to miss this moment… Nicky’s first time performing solo! Just when I thought he couldn’t make me more proud. 🙂 Wishing him the best of luck!
We’re only 2 days away from Nicky’s first live performance of “Sunlight” on The Ray D’Arcy Show! Nicky and his team have been rehearsing all week and creating the look and feel for the performance in Stockholm in May.
“We’ve been working really hard in rehearsals over the past few weeks and I can’t wait to perform in front of Ray’s live studio audience and everyone watching at home. I’m so thrilled to be representing Ireland at Eurovision in Stockholm this year. I’m looking forward to seeing how people react to the song – the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and the good luck wishes have been flooding in.” Nicky told RTÉ
The Ray D’Arcy Show starts at 22:05 on RTÉ One. It’ll be available for all viewers internationally on the RTÉ Player. They can watch on iOS with the Player International App, on Android with the Player App and on Desktop when they visit rte.ie/player. Viewers can download the app by clicking here!
Ray D’Arcy added: “We’re delighted to have Nicky in studio with us this Saturday. I’m a big fan of Eurovision and Nicky’s song. I’m looking forward to chatting with Nicky, meeting his band and hearing all about their preparations ahead of Stockholm. I wish them all the very best of luck.”
Nicky will release Sunlight everywhere on February 12th at 12am. Canada, USA and Mexico will have to wait until February 26th.
Back in Septmeber, Nicky recorded an episode of ITV’s The Chase with teammates: Amy Williams, Hairy Bikers Dave Myers and Natalie Cassidy. Some pictures were shared, but not the episode’s air date. Today, Joey Haines from The Booking Project confirmed to me that it’ll be broadcasted on Sunday, May 8th.
Ever wanted to ask Nicky a question? Well, now’s your chance! Eurovision’s Official Twitter is giving fans the opportunity to send their questions, by adding the #AskNicky hashtags to their tweets. Get your Qs ready and send them now!