Take a look at some of the famous faces that are looking forward to Freedom of Dublin Charity Fashion Show! You can join them at CityWest Hotel on Thursday April 7th. Tickets available here – bit.ly/1V0yNrP
April’s here! You know why that’s exciting? Because we’re only 1 MONTH away from Nicky’s debut album AND Eurovision! Are you guys ready?! ? And speaking of Eurovision, the running order for this year’s Semi-Finals will be released on Tuesday, 5th April!
I made a poll with 4 possible Pictures of the Month, and shared it on the fansite’s Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. The photo with the highest number of votes (47) was… Picture No. 4! Thank you all for voting.
Last but not least, I have created a new section: Fan Of The Month. If you gave us a visit last Sunday, you might’ve noticed a few Easter eggs on the posts and sidebar – That’s because I held a special Egg Hunt, and @Susmita_Shahnaz was the first person to find the egg containing the Fan of The Month sign!
Check out her profile by clicking on her picture 😉 (you can also apply to be the future Fan of The Month).
Last saturday, at half time of the St Kevin’s Boys vs Barcelona game in the Academy Cup, Nicky was interviewed on Near FM where he talked about the game and his career as a footballer. He played with St Kevin’s for a year before he went to Leeds United.
You can listen back to the full interview here:
And talking about football, Nicky tweeted another picture of the Soccer Aid Cup. We’re ready for history to be repeated #TeamROW!
On today’s show, Nicky was joined in studio by singer Lucy O’Byrne to chat about her new album, The Voice and her starring role in The Sound of Music. Best part is when Nicky and Lucy went head to head in the world’s first ever Baldoyle-Off!
Just when we thought this year couldn’t get better… It did! You ready Soccer Aid fans? It was just announced today that Nicky will participate in this year’s massive event, again! Here’s what you need to know:
When: Sunday 5th June 2016.
Where: Old Trafford Stadium in Old Trafford, Greater Manchester, England.
What is Soccer Aid: This unique event sees legends of world football go head to head with all your favourite stars from TV, film, music and comedy. Robbie Williams will lead out the England XI to take on Michael Sheen’s Rest of the World XI. Turnstiles will be open from 5pm and kick-off is 8pm.
Soccer Aid Supports UNICEF: It raises money for the world’s leading children’s organisation, by helping provide a chance to build a safer world for children. 2016 marks the 10th anniversary of Soccer Aid and more than £17 million over five matches has been raised for Unicef to help protect children around the world. You can donate directly to Unicef when you purchase a ticket or you can donate at www.unicef.org.uk
Tickets: From £20 for adults and just £5 for under 16s. Premium seating is also available from £40.
Hospitality: Hospitality packages are available from £150 (inc. VAT) which includes a complimentary bar. Fantastic dining options available.
I added a scan of today’s The Irish Daily Mail on Sunday article featuring Nicky. Danny McElhinney interviewed Nicky about Eurovision, his upcoming album, being a family man and missing his dad. Click on the picture below to read it:
Nicky’s debut album is complete and is set for release around the time of his Eurovision date. He describes the record as ‘a cheeky pop-rock album’. “Think of Robbie Williams and Ollie Murs,” he says.
He doesn’t term himself as a ‘singer’ or ‘broadcaster’ but as ‘a family man’. That strong sense of family, he says, has been instilled in him since childhood. “My father passed on his two great loves to me; football and music. The proudest moment in my life, and I still say this, is playing for Ireland U-18s at a tournament in Portugal,” he says. “I felt like I was playing in a World Cup final. Unfortunately my mum and dad weren’t able to travel to see it. I remember tears rolling down my face as they played Amhrán na bhFiann. I made my debut in a match in Switzerland, we won 4-0 and Damien Duff was playing.”
“My dad did see me playing for Ireland in Northern Ireland though. He didn’t live to see the end of Westlife but he saw the best of us. I don’t go to Mass but I have a faith. I carry a little stone from his grave at all the big events in my life. I feel he is there.”
Last month, Nicky attended the 2016 Brit Awards and did a few red carpet interviews. Aimee Dews from BFBS Radio had the opportunity to chat to Nicky about the old ‘Westside’ days, his upcoming album, Eurovision and a couple of other things. Watch – The clip is quite funny! 😉
Nicky Byrne from Westlife on the red carpet with Aimee…She definitely didn’t call him Kian
Posted by BFBS Radio on Wednesday, February 24, 2016
Nicky had a Photoshoot with photographer Lili Forberg for his Eurovision Promotional Pictures, last week. Here are the ones that have been added to his official profile for the song competition. So gorgeous! Click on one to view all of them:
His Eurovision profile is definitely worth the read. Check out Nicky’s answers to a short Q&A:
What are the three most interesting aspects about your entry?
Sunlight is essentially a love song and its message is one of positivity. The message is clear “Tomorrow is a new day and the sunlight shining on your face at the start of any new day should make you smile be fresh and to begin again”. When I co-wrote the song I was picturing myself walking up a mountain to reach the summit, breaking through the clouds to see the new morning sunlight. I have performed in the Globe Arena with Westlife before and I can’t wait to return, it really is one if the best arenas in the world.
Do you have a lucky routine before going on stage?
My lucky routine is always to tap my wedding ring on the plane door before I fly anywhere and to call my Dad’s voicemail (he passed away in 2009) just before I go on stage.
Why is the Eurovision Song Contest important to you?
The Eurovision was massive in our household when I was growing up and I have kept up the tradition with my entire family sitting down to watch it together. I was very fortunate to live through some of the Irish glory years of the 1980’s and 1990’s when Ireland won so many times. My aim going to Stockholm is to do my family and my country proud. It would be incredible to qualify for the final and I will do my very best to make that happen.
Visit Eurovision.TV for more interesting facts and a summarised bio.