Nicky Byrne has admitted that Westlife would never have been able to compete with One Direction and that the emergence of the super-group was one of the main reasons the Irish boy band hung up their microphones.
Speaking to the Sunday World the former Westlife member said: “There’s a time when every band looks in the mirror and realises it’s time to pack it in. That time for Westlife came when we saw One Direction come on the scene”.
RADIO bosses at RTE are scrambling to sign up former Westlife star Nicky Byrne to a regular spot.
The chatty singer impressed chiefs after filling in for Ryan Tubridy on 2FM yesterday morning and is set to spend more time on the airwaves in future.
Father-of-two Nicky recently landed a gig presenting TV show The Hit which begins filming next week.
And now the radio department is interested in hearing more of the Dubliner on the station.
An insider revealed: “Nicky went down a storm — he’s a natural on radio and has a real way with people.
“He’s being lined up for more work on a more regular basis on 2FM and really impressed everyone in there.
“He wouldn’t be filling in for Ryan Tubridy if they didn’t rate him highly — it’s the most listened to show on the station.” Byrne made his way through two hours of live radio yesterday without a hitch.
And Nicky, 34, admitted that taking over the slot for one morning was something that made his mammy very proud.
Speaking ahead of the show he said: “I really didn’t have to be asked twice when 2FM approached me to fill in for Ryan Tubridy.
“It’s two hours that I’ll cherish and I’m willing to give it my best shot to keep listeners entertained.”
He continued: “Also my mam will be very proud I’m taking over the ‘big one’ even if its just for one day!
“It’s massive boots to fill as Ryan is one of our best broadcasters and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”
Nicky, who is married to Georgina, and father to twins Rocco and Jay, is set to become a dad again this year.
The star was greeted with packages of baby goodies as he arrived at 2FM for the show early yesterday morning.
FORMER Westlife star Nicky Byrne is back in the studio.
But instead of recording boyband ballads, he will be filling in for 2fm’s Ryan Tubridy. Nicky will front Ryan’s radio show on May 29 when the big man celebrates his 40th birthday.
2fm had planned to announce the news early next week, but their plans were dashed when outspoken music mogul Louis Walsh spilled the beans live on air.
Louis was appearing on Colm Hayes’ radio show to talk about his own upcoming stint on the station. Louis will host a special three-hour ‘oldies show’ on the June bank holiday Monday. But before long he started talking about Nicky’s hush-hush gig.
“You know Nicky’s coming? Nicky Byrne, he’s starting here in a few weeks time. You know that?” the X Factor judge asked Colm.
But presenter Colm appeared surprised, saying on air: “Why did you do this? We told you before you came you were not to mention Nicky Byrne.”
“But he’s in Westlife,” Louis replied. “And he’s going to be in for just one day.”
“Colm, your job’s safe,” he said. “Don’t worry, and he’s just doing Ryan’s job for one day.”
Colm told listeners this information “hadn’t been released yet”.
“Well it is now!” Louis shouted. “Nicky Byrne is doing 2fm for Ryan!”
And dad-of-two Nicky said he is delighted: “I really didn’t have to be asked twice when 2fm approached me to fill in on Tubridy,” he said.
“It’s massive boots to fill and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”