Nicky Byrne has revealed that he thought he "never wanted to sing again" after his time with Westlife, but is enjoying his comeback as the Irish Eurovision hopeful.

Bryne, who will represent Ireland in this year's Eurovision with a song he co-wrote, Sunlight, revealed that after 14 years as part of one of the biggest boybands in the world he felt like he was finished with singing for good.

"I never wanted to sing again after Westlife, to be honest with you, and I don't mean that in a negative way. We'd say for 14 years, we felt we didn't finish it early. We were happy enough to see it go," Byrne told Patrick Kielty on BBC Radio 2.

Westlife confirmed they were splitting up five years ago, saying "the decision is entirely amicable". Together they sold more than 50 million records during their time together.

Nicky, who's now best known as a TV and radio presenter has followed in the footsteps of other Westlife band members, by launching his own solo career.

However he said the experience was completely different from his time as a band member because there was no Simon Cowell involved in the production of his upcoming debut album.

"Simon Cowell wasn't screaming at us saying 'we need to get this out by September'... Of course he did (scream), but we screamed back a few times as well," he added.

Nicky will be jetting off to Stockholm next week to start rehearsals for this year's Eurovision. He will be competing in the second semi-final on May 12 and will be hoping to turn around Ireland's recent dismal record in the competition and book a place in that Saturday's final.