Nicky Byrne and Aidan Power were unveiled today as the presenters of a brand new six-part series The Hit. This exciting and original series, which airs in July, is a music competition that gives fledgling songwriters a chance to have chart success with an established star.
Shot in front of a live audience in the O2 Dublin, this series will have viewers enthralled as each week songwriters showcase their talent to two established music stars with the hope that they will pick their song. The stars then battle against one another to find the perfect song and are under pressure to select one they can turn into a hit.
“My Friday nights will have a whole new twist!” Nicky Byrne told www.sundayworld.com. “I’m really looking forward to seeing what Irish songwriters have to offer. And I’m also eager to get back on the 02 stage – where I’ve enjoyed so many great shows in the past. But this one will be a whole new ball game!”
“I’m very excited to be involved in The Hit and I can’t wait for the live shows in the 02 and to work with Nicky” said Aidan Power “This series brings together Irelands best songwriters and artists to work together and I know it will make gripping viewing. “
The show, which originated from last year’s RTÉ Format Farm project, will feature five-time Grammy-award winning producer Steve Lillywhite, who has shaped the sound of U2, The Killers, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band, Morrissey, The Pogues and Thirty Seconds To Mars. In the series Steve’s knowledge and experience will be invaluable as he searches for the right songs (and songwriters) to send into the pitching rooms. If the star likes the song they may well choose it as their next hit single so Steve’s decisions are hugely important.
Shot in front of a live audience, the artists then reveal which song they have chosen. But ultimately, like last year, it’s the audience and viewers who decide; when – at the end of each show – the two songs are immediately released for download. The artist and songwriter whose song charted the highest across the following week will then go forward to the grand finale show in August.
For the grand finale of the series the five artists will return to perform their song live in the O2 with the RTÉ Concert Orchestra. But which artist will have the ultimate Hit? Only the viewers can decide!
Tickets for the new series will be available shortly through Ticketmaster and the usual outlets.