For the 3rd #ThrowbackThursday of the month, I decided to take us back to 2012! So here are a few random events that took place throughout the year; from Press Conferences to the big launch of the 10th Series of ‘Strictly Come Dancing’. These are all HQ images! If you use, please credit. 🙂
Westlife Press Conference In Beijing (HQ) – 21.02.12
Westlife Visits Chengdu (HQ) – 29.02.12
Fashion Kicks 2012 – 01.05.12
Strictly Come Dancing Red Carpet Launch – 11.09.12
There was a small half-Westlife reunion on today’s show, because not only did Jodi Albert join Nicky and Jenny to talk about Jodi’s Boutique, but Kian Egan was there as well! It was a very pleasant surprise to see and hear all of them together. Here’s a video shared by Jodi on snapchat:
So there have been a lot of new Nicky interviews lately, but it’s always nice to have interviewers spice things up a bit and ask random/different questions! Check these out:
1. In five words, how does it feel to be representing Ireland in the Eurovision?
Excited, proud, nervous, pressured and honoured.
2. What is your favourite Eurovision song ever, and why?
What a tough question! I love the big ones for Ireland, ‘Hold me now’ and ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Kids’. I do like ‘New Tomorrow’, the Danish entry from 2011 sung by Friend From London.
3. What is your favourite Westlife song ever, and why?
Again tough to pick one. ‘Flying Without Wings’ will be eternally remembered as a great song, but my overall fave is World of Our Own. Back in 2002 even lads stopped us in the street to say: “that’s a half decent song that ‘World of Yisserr Owen’. It always filled dancefloors at parties, and still does.
4. Who do you think is your biggest competition in this year’s Eurovision?
Well the favourite in the bookies is France, and it’s very good. But I like Spain and Malta.
5. Who would your ideal Eurovision supergroup include?
Great question! I’ve decided to form a boyband and it would consist of: The main man – Johnny Logan; second lead singer – Robbie Williams; the one that only gets to do lead vocals every fifth track, but is great to have in there for press – David ‘The Hoff’ Hasslehoff; the one everyone wants to be – Brad Pitt; and the goodlooking one who doesn’t sing – David Beckham. This supergroup would be unstoppable, now to find the right song!
6. Australia in the Eurovision. Discuss.
I like the idea of Oz being involved. They have watched for years and the country is full of Irish and British fans, as well as Europeans. I’d say we are slowly moving towards a World Vision Song Contest in the future!
7. Name five people, alive or dead, you’d love to have at a dinner party.
My Dad, Frank Sinatra, Elvis Presley, Roy Keane and Erika Eleniak.
8. Who would play you in the Hollywood movie of your life, and what would it be called?
Leonardo Di Caprio stars in Doing The Business.
9. If the world were ending tomorrow, what would you do today?
I’m on a plane at the minute so I’d land, I’d book a flight and go home to the family. I’d get a smoked haddock from Beshoff’s or Burdock’s, with mushy peas and loadsa salt ‘n’ vinegar. And sure if it the world was really ending, I’d go with curry sauce and onion rings too. With a Coca Cola.
10. The meaning of life according to Nicky.
I read somewhere once that life has a sting in the tail. We spend so long worrying about what we should do rather than doing it, and while we are pondering life, it jumps up bites us in the ass and we’re gone, well before we’re ready. It’s short, so go out there and dance!
Nicky recently sat with The Weekend Magazine to reflect on his life and share some lessons he’s had along the way. It’s a very nice article, and it only makes me a prouder fan, so definitely check it out!
Massive thank you Kian Egan Web for sending the scans – click no them to full feature. Here are some of the highlights:
Nicky on his Family and becoming a dad.
“A young man always hopes that he’ll be lucky enough to become a dad. It was life-changing for me and I love it. I was always responsible, but we suddenly had to put the kids before ourselves and everything became about them.”
Nicky on his Football days.
“Playing football for Ireland as a teenager was amazing and it taught me an awful lot. You have to learn to lose as well as win. Everyone threw a big going-away party for me when I signed for Leeds United as a teenager, but I was back home within three years and I felt like a failure. That was probably one of the biggest challenges I’ve had in life.”
Nicky on what his parents taught him.
My dad taught me always to concentrate on the things you love. He told me to be honest with him and he would always have my back, and never to bring the Gardaí to the door. He also taught me that everything is mind over matter. My mam, Yvonne, taught me to be a human being and a gentleman. My sister Gillian, brother Adam and I were brought up in a very loving environment, and hopefully we have all served our parents well.
Nicky is on the latest cover of RTÉ Guide Magazine, and he looks amazing (then again, doesn’t he always?) 😉 Make sure you get a copy!
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He revealed he that missed being in the spotlight when Westlife came to an end.
“Only a chosen few get the opportunity to be in that position and I am very lucky to be among their number,” he told the RTE Guide. “We had 14 years and when it stopped, I didn’t miss it initially but after a while I did. It is like when a footballer or boxer who, when it all goes, looks back and thinks ‘Jeez I didn’t realise what I had’,” he explained.
Nicky is focussed on getting into the finals of the Eurovision this month.
“If I were to win the Song Contest that would be the biggest professional achievement of my life,” he admitted.
He also mentioned that his wife, Georgina, is his soulmate:
“We got together when we were 16 and now here we are three children later,” he said. “She is my soulmate: there is no other way of putting it. I am a family man first and foremost. I think it is simply down to how I was brought up,” he explained.
Gay Times Magazine caught up with Nicky last Sunday. He talked about how much he wants Ireland to qualify at Eurovision this year and what he has planned for the rest of the year! He even mentioned that Westlife’s 20th Anniversary could be a good option for a Reunion 🙂
Last week, Nicky talked to Kevin Hughes about performing in Stockholm on May 12th for Eurovision and all the millions of people tuning in from home. He also mentioned that he’d like for Louis Walsh to go back to The X-Factor next season… And how he’d like to be their upcoming host 😉 Not a bad idea!
Kian Egan was interviewed on today’s The Nicky Byrne Show! He talked about The Voice Of Ireland, his upcoming projects, Jodi Albert’s boutique in Sligo, surfing, and a few other things. Even if it was just a phone call, it was nice to listen to Nicky and Kian catch up… Just like old times 🙂 Listen back here:
Don’t miss The Voice Of Ireland and support Team Kian every Sunday at 6:30pm on RTÉ One.