Dec 092012

Former Westlife star Nicky Byrne became the  ninth star to leave Strictly Come Dancing after the judges chose to save  competition favourite Denise Van Outen.

Nicky, partner Karen Hauer and the six  remaining couples took to the dance floor in a final bid to book their places in  the semi-final but a combination of viewer votes and the judges scores left  Byrne, 34, and Denise, 38, at the mercy of the judges as the lowest scoring  couples.

The handsome father of two’s exit came after  he found himself in the bottom two for the second consecutive week. On Saturday  night he failed to impress judges with his fusion dance to Olly Murs’ song  Troublemaker.

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 Posted by at 2:20 pm
Dec 082012

FAKE tan hater Nicky Byrne has confessed that  Strictly has left him wanting an  orange glow for LIFE.

The former Westlife singer objected to the sunkissed look so much that he  initially ran away when threatened with a spray tan by show bosses.

But the heart-throb has admitted he now slathers on bronzing products.

He laughed: “Fake tan will be here for life now. It is something I put a  barrier up to but once I had seen myself on a couple of the shows, I  realised  the look was perfect on TV.”

Nicky added: “When you first get it done you do look like you have been  Tangoed. But I suppose after a shower and the next day, it doesn’t look so  bad.”

The star — who has been in the bottom two twice, including last week against  pal Michael Vaughan — told how he found it difficult to pick himself up  after  the mental bashing.

He said: “It has happened twice and it is never a nice position, especially  when you are up against Vaughnie, who is a good mate.

“However, I get the bragging rights for the rest of our lives now as I won  out  of us two.

“It’s not a position I would like to find myself in again and I am working my  ar*e off to stop it happening again.”

Meanwhile Nicky — dad to twin sons Rocco and Jay with wife Georgina — vowed  that while he felt like he was an outsider in the competition next to  frontrunners Denise van Outen and Kimberley Walsh, he was ready for battle.

The songwriter, partnered with sexy Karen Hauer, complained that this week’s  theme, dance fusion, was like a “banana skin” as he had to  perform the samba  and the elegant American smooth foxtrot all in one routine.

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 Posted by at 2:14 pm
Nov 182012

THE Westlife singer has said his wife is constantly joking that his fake tan from the BBC dancing show is darker than hers.

THE wife of Strictly Come Dancing hunk Nicky Byrne has been keeping very close tabs on her husband. But not because Georgina, daughter of former Irish Taoiseach, Bertie Ahern, is worried the Westlife star is getting too close to dance partner Karen Hauer.

Nicky, 34, laughed and said: “My wife is loving it and taking the mickey out of me.

“She says she constantly has to watch that my fake tan isn’t as dark as hers. When your wife is saying that you know you’ve got to be careful.”

Of course, Nicky is best known for massive-selling boyband Westlife, who called time after 14 years together in June.

During their time at the top, as well as 14 No 1 singles they also performed 27 sell-out shows at Wembley Arena in 10 years, shifting 250,000 tickets and making them the venue’s most successful pop band.

They sang one song at the venue for last year’s X Factor final and tonight Nicky is back – but this time he’s dancing.

And there’s no stools.

Laughing again, Nicky said: “Never say never. There’s been talk of using a Westlife song and incorporating one of them into a routine. I don’t think it’s a bad idea. I’m up for it.”

For those of you who don’t know Westlife, they became well known for sitting on stools singing one of their ballads.

Tonight, though, Nicky and Karen will be doing a jive to Elvis’s Jailhouse Rock in front of a live audience of 6000 people.


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 Posted by at 1:54 pm
Nov 042012

Louis told me: you won’t win …but at least you’ll be able to dance for the reunion

Credit- Laura Armstrong  The Sun

Nicky Byrne says Westlife boss is harsher than TV judges

NICKY BYRNE has pulled out all the stops to impress the Strictly Come Dancing judges with his ballroom progress.

But the Westlife singer reckons he has a lot more work to do before winning over his toughest critic — long-term manager Louis Walsh.

Nicky revealed how X Factor judge Louis rubbished his chances of lifting the glitterball trophy — and is backing Louis Smith instead.

He said: “Louis asked me, ‘Do you think you’ll win it?’

“I said, ‘Well, you see… ’ and he said, ‘No, you won’t. Louis Smith will win it’.

“I was like, ‘Cheers, Louis’. But that’s just him. He said to me afterwards, ‘Listen, well done. The positive is you’ll be able to dance when we do our reunion’. ”

Nicky continued: “He is obviously convinced we are going to do a reunion.

“And then he said to me, ‘Genuinely, I know how hard you need to work with Strictly, so the best of luck with it and hope it goes well’.

“We will hopefully hook up on one of the Saturdays. I’d love him to come down but I don’t think ITV will let him.”

Pop giants Westlife — one of the most successful boy bands of all time — split up in June after 14 years at the top of the charts.

Their record-breaking career saw Nicky, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan sell some 44million records.

Looking back, Nicky revealed how, behind the scenes, the band’s success was tainted by heated rows over the direction they were taking.

But he insisted the Irish foursome remain good pals — and refused to rule out that reunion. Continue reading »

 Posted by at 9:24 am
Nov 032012

Who is the biggest Strictly Come Dancing diva? Michael Vaughan and Nicky Byrne in Twitter duel

By Ann Gripper. The Mirror

The Strictly Come Dancing contestants have been entertaining themselves on dress rehearsal day.

Jerry Hall played up to the glamour puss image during her time on Strictly Come Dancing.

But now there are two pretenders to the crown of principle Strictly diva.

Michael Vaughan and Nicky Byrne have been entertaining themselves on dress rehearsal day with a Twitter tussle.

The Westlife star kicked off the battle with the former England cricket captain by posting an image of a doctored menu, suggesting the 38-year-old had ordered oysters for his BBC lunch.

Michael responded by tweeting that Nicky had stormed out of the studio.

And so it went on, with the X Factor, shopping trips and personal grooming used as ammunition.


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