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Ireland: Nicky Byrne – Sunlight

Ireland have just confirmed the recent rumour that Nicky Byrne will represent the nation in Stockholm with the song, Sunlight. With the selection process snatched from the incompetent hands of The Late Late Show, Sunlight signals a positive, clean break for Ireland. I can’t believe it took them this long to realise that the annual bickering from Louis Walsh and Linda Martin, as well as claims of backstage meddling, was having a damaging effect on Ireland’s Eurovision future. What recognised names would want to get involved with that rabble? Teaming up with former Westlife writer, Wayne Hector, Nicky has delivered a…
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Byrning

I fully expect Ireland to follow a near identical path as Denmark 2009

User Rating: 3.04 ( 33 votes)

Ireland have just confirmed the recent rumour that Nicky Byrne will represent the nation in Stockholm with the song, Sunlight.

With the selection process snatched from the incompetent hands of The Late Late Show, Sunlight signals a positive, clean break for Ireland. I can’t believe it took them this long to realise that the annual bickering from Louis Walsh and Linda Martin, as well as claims of backstage meddling, was having a damaging effect on Ireland’s Eurovision future. What recognised names would want to get involved with that rabble?

Teaming up with former Westlife writer, Wayne Hector, Nicky has delivered a fairly contemporary pop-rock sound usually heard at Danish Melodi Grand Prix: think of Brian Rice and Niels Brinck – the latter competed at Eurovision 2009, finishing 13th with 74 points. Better news for Ireland is that Brinck qualified from a 19-strong semi-final lineup with only a few friends. With more countries returning to Eurovision, this year’s Contest will see larger, more ruthless semi-finals, as well as better odds for and against qualification. Ireland will need a Western-leaning semi, but the presence of Denmark, Norway and the Netherlands would see their qualification odds contract, especially if the UK were thrown in too. Odds of 2.2 were available for a brief time on the day of release, which were quickly backed into sub-evens. I think that already confirms the level of confidence in the song.

It’s worth bearing in mind that Nicky does have the reputation of being the weaker singer from Westlife. Although in 2009, Brinck was far from perfect, so juries are forgiving if the song has authentic ingredients.

The Believe Again comparison is solid and I fully expect Ireland to follow a near identical path as Denmark 2009. Both songs have similar pacing and both feature an uplifting melody. If I had to be critical, I would point out that Sunlight has the weaker middle-eight and close, but this is easily rectified with staging and lighting.

Ireland should qualify this year and once in the final, the left hand side of the scoreboard looks well within reach.

Can Nick salvage Ireland’s recent record, or even prevent Sweden overtaking their win record?

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18 comments

  1. We’ll know more about Ireland’s chances when we have more songs out, but for the moment…I’m impressed.

  2. Hmm… The song isn’t bad at all. The clip doesn’t convince me he has a great voice, but I think we can live with it. Definitely got me on first listen.

    • Sorry guys but it’s a lazy internal selection thats destined for the right hand side of the scoreboard. I wish Nicky all the best nevertheless.

  3. Idk if “Byrning” is a positive or negative comment but anyway x), The song itself isn’t a masterpiece but its a decent song with a confident performer yes he has had a non-existent solo career but he wouldnt have gotten into west life without a little bit of talent, I can see him boosting a good music career if all goes well in Stockholm. My honest worry is I got a feeling that the only reason RTE picked him is because he was filling to do this for free and would pay pump money into the staging, this is my feeling but I’m hoping I’m wrong :/. At the end of the day unless a song is pure and utter rubbish it can do well if the staging and performance are good and from what I hear he has a big team behind him which gives me reason optimism + he plans to go on a promo tour ( which was his reasoning for releasing the song so early). I think the song could do well in countries where English isn’t your main language. The big mistake we made is we picked a male singer singing a pop song a year after mans won and despite the fact the two songs are nothing alike people will still accuse it of plagiarism which is dumb because if thats the case you can blame Mans for no only plagiarising David guetta but for plagiarising any male pop song ever sung at ESC.
    If we can qualify and come top 20 ill be content atm.

  4. Gav, Id be happy if we qualify and finished 20th, if we manage to follow Denmark’s path Ill celebrate for a month!

  5. Fully in agreement with Gav’s review here. I can see Sunlight finishing a touch lower than 13th though. The only thing I can really add is that I wish the arrangement behind the vocals rocked a bit harder and they got some orchestral strings to smooth it out over the top and help it to swell and give it that oomph. I genuinely believe the rather dry and cheap sounding arrangement will make a difference to Ireland’s score in the final. Nicky’s looks should pick up a few floating votes as well.

    This should have no problem qualifying unless we’re on for a remarkably strong year.

  6. I the worry I have most of all is if people accuse the song of plagiarising Heroes.

    • Why? The last thing I’d think of while listening to Sunlight, is Heroes.

      • I agree, but I hear a lot of talk going around saying that Ireland trying to use the same formula as Sweden last year. I think that talk is aloud of bull but I worry if voters will think the same as the haters sadly :(. Probably because its a guy singing an uptempo number.

        • People suggesting such things should be recommended for a lobotomy and permanent exclusion from ESC.

          • Without question :/ if they accuse Ireland of plagiarising then they should accuse Måns of plagiarising every uptempo male act for the past 10 years!

          • Jesus, do people really not know the difference between plagiarism and copying?

          • Sorry for spamming at this stage, my last comment on the article I promise!

            One other good thing is DEN 09 qualified from a semi with few friends with 100% tele voting, You’d imagine with the production in the song plus a decent staging should get it a decent jury score ( DEN 09 came 6th in the jury in the final which bodes well for IRE 16) If we get a second half draw I would rate its chances 70-30 in favour maybe a little bit higher.

  7. It’s a surprisingly decent song, given how much I hated Westshite back in the day (yes I was one of the very few tween girls at the turn of the century to hate those twerps).

    One thing of concern though is the potential of this year’s lineup getting saturated by uptempo male solo singers: we’ve got Russia already even though we don’t know the song, Lithuania has a better version of this song in their NF (it’s Donny’s song in case you were interested), NL might go uptempo and have already picked a pretty boy singer. We’ll just have to wait and see.

    Despite that I think 15th in the final sounds about right. I’d imagine the panels on Infor ESC and Adresse Stockholm will like this, and they tend to be a fairly good indicator of what the Swedish and Norwegian juries end up voting for.

  8. One thing I think is in Nicky’s favour is (baring the chance of us having a really strong year) SVT are likely to give him a good draw due to his west life days unless they feel the need to sabotage Ireland to eliminate any possible risk of Ireland winning as it would make there challenge of being no.1 winning country harder. SVT are too professional for that so the odds of that happening are slim but its just a thought. One thing Nicky has that the other performers likely don’t have is the fact that he has already performed in the Global Arena back in 04.

    I know I broke my promise about not commenting again but I had to give my thoughts about the draw etc.

  9. I enjoyed Brinck’s entry come to think of it, (and that’s coming from someone who’d never give the time of day to Ronan Keating). I do think your assessment flatters Nicky Byrne slightly. Brinck could at least hold a note despite limited range, he was dependable in other words. What Nicky gives Irish ESC fans and punters alike, is another rehearsal period of being on edge, hoping that the vocally ill-equipped Irish entrant won’t stuff it up the night before the show.

  10. I just heard an interview with Nicky. From what I gather he will (Like DEN 09 & GER 12) have a band on stage. He is planning an international promotion tour post February 12th when he performs Sunlight live for the first time on the Ray D’Arcy show at 9:50 G.M.T on RTE ONE.

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