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Nicky Byrne to sing on D'Arcy Show
11 Feb 2016 19:07
Nicky Byrne will perform Ireland's Eurovision entry Sunlight for the first time on the Ray D'Arcy Show on RTÉ One on Saturday night.
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The 2fm presenter and former Westlife star co-wrote the song with songwriter Wayne Hector and award-winning composer Ronan Hardiman. He has been in Eurovision rehearsals in recent weeks ahead of his Ray D'Arcy Show appearance on Saturday at 10:05pm.
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"I can't wait to perform in front of Ray's live studio audience and everyone watching at home," he said.
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"I'm so thrilled to be representing Ireland at Eurovision in Stockholm this year. I'm looking forward to seeing how people react to the song - the feedback so far has been overwhelmingly positive and the good luck wishes have been flooding in."
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Sunlight is released on Friday February 12. Byrne will perform in the second Eurovision Song Contest Semi-Final in the Globe Arena in Stockholm on Thursday May 12. The final takes place on Saturday May 14.
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Byrne's creative team for the Eurovision is led by Tim Byrne who worked on The X Factor and Britain's Got Talent in his former role as Creative Director of Syco Entertainment at Sony Music. Another member of the team is Lee Lodge, whose production credits include the Oscars and MTV Music Video Awards. RTÉ's Head of Delegation for the Eurovision, Michael Kealy, will collaborate with the production team on the performance of Sunlight in Stockholm.
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Songwriter Hector's clients include One Direction, Britney Spears and Nikki Minaj, while composer Hardiman's credits include the soundtracks to Michael Flatley's Lord of the Dance and Feet of Flames.
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Byrne co-produced Sunlight with Hardiman in Dublin and the track was mixed in Los Angeles by Serban Ghenea. He has worked on Taylor Swift's Shake It Off and Uptown Funk from Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, among many other hit singles.
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