Nicky Byrne (c) RTÉ
Nicky Byrne (c) RTÉ

Dublin, Irland – Nach einigen Spekulationen bewahrheitete sich die Tatsache, dass Nicky Byrne Irland beim Eurovision Song Contest 2016 in Schweden mit dem Song Sunlight vertreten wird. 

Nicky war einmal Teil der Gruppe Westlife und hat schon viel Bühnenerfahrung gesammelt. Er tourte rund um die Welt und hat ca. 45 Millionen Alben verkauft. Er wird den Song Sunlight performen, wo er sich auch als Co-Texter beteiligt hat gemeinsam mit Wayne Hector und dem Komponist Ronan Hardiman.

Sunlight Co-Texter Wayne Hector sagte, „Nicky is a real talent and after having shared so much success previously, I was looking forward to working together with him again and with my good friend and super producer/composer Ronan Hardiman. We’ve written a song that we all love and believe in, which is a great showcase for Nicky’s voice, so I’m looking forward to the night“.

Nicky Byrne meinte, „Like many of us, I have grown up watching the Eurovision Song Contest. It always brought great excitement to our house down through the years and I was lucky enough to see Ireland win it on many occasions. I have a great memory as a nine year old, of dancing around our sitting room in a tri-colour sweatshirt when Johnny Logan lifted the trophy in 1987.The Eurovision is a TV show and song contest like no other and for the past three years my Eurovision experience has gotten better and my affiliation grown stronger, as I have proudly delivered the Irish votes live from Dublin. This year I go one step further, and actually walk on that stage to represent my country, I am honoured RTÉ have chosen me and believe in this song like I do”.

Und weiters, “The song is called Sunlight and I co-wrote it with two of the music industry’s legends; producer and writer Ronan Hardiman and songwriter Wayne Hector. I have always felt this song had something different, something special. I also look forward to re-visiting Sweden, a country where we had so much success with Westlife over the years and I can’t wait to be a part of what I’m sure will be an amazing show in Stockholm. Ireland, I will give it my best shot. Sweden… here we come!“.