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Hosts are counting down to The Hit tonight

1 of 1 The Hit - 9:35pm, Friday, on RTÉ One - and tune into RTÉ 2fm from 8:00pm
The Hit - 9:35pm, Friday, on RTÉ One - and tune into RTÉ 2fm from 8:00pm

Brand new music talent show, The Hit, presented by Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power, kicks off tonight, Friday July 26, on RTÉ One at 9:35pm, with RTÉ 2fm also getting in on the fun from 8:00pm.

The six-part series sees songwriters showcasing their songs to well- established Irish artists in the hope that one of these artists will select their song to be their next big hit.

These artists will then produce their tracks and perform them in front of a live audience at Dublin's O2 Arena.

The Hit is the biggest that both Byrne and Power have ever presented and they are both filled with a mix of excitement and nerves ahead of the first show.

Power said: "We're like greyhounds in a trap, we're just itching to get out there and do it."

He added: "It's a big show. It's the first one as well so there's always going to be some nerves there but that will bring out the best performance in us."

This will be Byrne's first big TV presenting job since Westlife and he is delighted to work with Power.

Speaking of his co-presenter, he said: "The rapport has been good. We're getting on, it's not faked, it's just good craic. I think the more time we spend together and the more shows we do together that will only improve."

He added: "I've asked him to move in - I'm not sure if Georgina [wife] would be too happy."

As regards to what kind of song the lads think is going to make the most impact, they are both in agreement.

"On a show like this songwriters don't have a lot of time to grab the attention of artists and audience so it's got to be catchy," Power said.

"If you walk away from hearing a song once and you're singing it in your head 10 minutes later you know you're onto something," Byrne added.

As well as being broadcast live on RTÉ One, 2fm will also be live from The Hit. From 8:00pm until 9:00pm, Cormac Battle will be presenting live in front of the O2 audience, and from 9:00pm until midnight, Ruth Scott will present from the Roadcaster outside the O2.

Byrne, who recently filled in for Ryan Tubridy on his morning show, said: "We always had a very good relationship in Westlife with 2fm. It goes right back to the beginning in 1999 when we started, so it's great to have 2fm on board. They're playlisting all the songs, so we're very excited to have a national station like 2fm involved in the show."

For more on The Hit, click here.

Get the free The Hit iPhone and iPad app and play along here. The Android version is here.

Tickets for The Hit are on sale from Ticketmaster, priced €5.

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