Nicky told The Irish Sun that he carries a rock from his dad’s grave every time he performs.
“In the Westlife years I used to always have lucky socks. What I do now, I always take a little stone from my dad’s grave and have it in my pocket.” he said. “My dad was a big inspiration. His two things were football and music, which I ended up going on to do. This year it just feels like it all came together.”
And he reckons his dad would be proud, adding: “Loads of people who my dad would have known have stopped me in the street, Facebooked me, tweeted me and said: ‘Your dad would be so proud.’ That makes me smile.”
I’m positive Nicky’s dad would very proud to see all he’s done in the last couple of years. Nicky’s an extraordinary person who’s now representing Ireland at Eurovision, has just released his debut single and performed by himself for the very first time last night. It truly doesn’t get better than that. 🙂
Nicky also chatted to Goss.ie about the importance of a good song at Eurovision & performing in the semi-finals:
“I have massive nerves. Everything is so live, that’s the rules of Eurovision, you can’t even have a backing vocal track at all, the punter sitting down watching Eurovision doesn’t pay attention to all of that but that’s the reality of it. It’s a song contest so if the song it is, and you hope it is, you just have to deliver the live vocal,” he explained. “Whether we’ve the best song or not God knows. But the difficulty is getting out of the semi-final. That’s the hard part. And if we do that then we’re in,” he added.
“The opportunity to do this for anybody, nobody should ever turn it down if they’re that lucky. You listen to criticism but you do your best and you know that anybody out there, if they got the opportunity, they would all do it.”
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!
Nicky’s performance is just a few hours away, but soundcheck has already taken place and he’s also been doing press. Massive thank you to Kaeylea and Goss.ie for sharing some pictures. Stay tuned for his interview with them tomorrow:
He also recorded some videos reminding the fans to catch the show at 10:05pm on RTÉ One:
Nicky Byrne Live rehearsals for The Ray D'arcy Show!
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!
I added a scan of today’s Irish Daily Mail article featuring Nicky. Eoin Murphy went to visit him this week during rehearsals for this most awaited performance on The Ray D’Arcy Show tomorrow night. You can see it full size and read it, by clicking on the picture below:
On today’s release of ‘Sunlight’, he called Jenny Greene on air, where he talked about how things have been going. He is very pleased and excited about tomorrow, but he’s nervous about neighbours and friends watching:
“It’s going to be good but it’s nerve-wrecking, there’s not doubt about it,” he said. “I’m doing an interview first, and then the song is, I believe, probably about 10 or 15 minutes later.” He later added, “The rehearsals are going really well so everybody’s really up for this. We’ve had a week of everything: from styling to vocal rehearsals… It’s a real, I would say, like a ‘pop-rock’ kind of group.”
When asked what he’s going to be wearing, he said “A very cool leather jacket and some nice black jeans with some nice cool biker boots.” Sounds fantastic! Hey, even cute little Gia got to say hi on the The Nicky Byrne Show this morning! She’s adorable 🙂 Listen back right here:
February 12th is a very big day because ‘Sunlight’ is finally available for download! It’s important that you spread the word and support Nicky so the song does well on its first and upcoming weeks! Can’t believe how long we’ve waited for this. Incredibly proud of Nicky! Here we go!
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.