No more Late Late Shows for Ireland? Several Irish newspapers report today that Nicky Byrne, the former Westlife member, will represent Ireland in the Eurovision Song Contest 2016.
The 37-years old singer was a member of Westlife since it was formed in 1998, and until Westlife disbanded in 2012. His band member Shane and Mark Feehily have launched their solo careers, but Nicky chose a different path and nowadays he serves as a DJ and hosts radio shows on RTÉ 2fm.
It is said that Nicky is in his recording studio, working on his possible Eurovision entry. Back in 2014 it was claimed that Nicky is working on a solo album and that at least eight songs are written and ready to go.
Ireland has picked its Eurovision entry using The Late Late Show, traditionally on a Friday night around the end of February. It was used since 2010 as the Irish national selection, and previously in 2006 and 2007, when the artist was picked internally and served as a song selection only. The country’s last successful entry was sent in 2011, when Jedward took their Lipstick all the way to the 8th place.
The Irish broadcaster RTÉ did not confirm the details and said that “an announcement regarding our selection process will be made later this month – all details will appear onin due course.”