Jun 052013

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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.Aidan Power and Nicky Byrne are the new presenters of The Hit

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.Aidan and Nicky

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.

Aidan Power and Nicky Byrne from The Hit


 Posted by at 7:30 pm
May 302013

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RADIO bosses at RTE are scrambling to sign up former Westlife star Nicky Byrne to a regular spot.

The chatty singer impressed chiefs after filling in for Ryan Tubridy on 2FM yesterday morning and is set to spend more time on the airwaves in future.NWS_20130517_EPE_023_27626360_I1

Father-of-two Nicky recently landed a gig presenting TV show The Hit which begins filming next week.

And now the radio department is interested in hearing more of the Dubliner on the station.

An insider revealed: “Nicky went down a storm — he’s a natural on radio and has a real way with people.

“He’s being lined up for more work on a more regular basis on 2FM and really impressed everyone in there.

“He wouldn’t be filling in for Ryan Tubridy if they didn’t rate him highly — it’s the most listened to show on the station.” Byrne made his way through two hours of live radio yesterday without a hitch.

And Nicky, 34, admitted that taking over the slot for one morning was something that made his mammy very proud.

Speaking ahead of the show he said: “I really didn’t have to be asked twice when 2FM approached me to fill in for Ryan Tubridy.

“It’s two hours that I’ll cherish and I’m willing to give it my best shot to keep listeners entertained.”

He continued: “Also my mam will be very proud I’m taking over the ‘big one’ even if its just for one day!

“It’s massive boots to fill as Ryan is one of our best broadcasters and I’m really looking forward to the challenge.”

Nicky, who is married to Georgina, and father to twins Rocco and Jay, is set to become a dad again this year.

The star was greeted with packages of baby goodies as he arrived at 2FM for the show early yesterday morning.

 Posted by at 7:00 am
May 292013

So Nicky did an OUTSTANDING job standing in for Ryan Tubridy this morning… a natural and hopefully this wont be the last time he graces the airwaves.  For those that missed it listen below … enjoy! All rights remain with RTE.

Talking to Hector before the news....

The full show, including songs and news

Talking only (no songs)….

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 Posted by at 10:42 am
May 262013

Don’t forget to tune in Wednesday at 9am when Nicky will be filling Ryan’s shoes covering his morning show. (It will be uploaded here as soon as we can :-) )

In the meantime another picture from his original visit to 2fm has appeared. Nicky looks good behind that desk! Lets hope this oppotunity leads to more of his lovely voice on our airwaves!

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 Posted by at 8:51 am
May 242013

Westlife singer Nicky Byrne has become the latest in a long line of people to pay tribute to Norwich disabled rights campaigner Ben Parkin.3609877689

The Irish boy band were the 25-year-old’s favourite band and their song Flying Without Wings is set to be played in a tribute ahead of the charity Jamie’s Game celebrity football match at Carrow Road on Tuesday.

Mr Parkin, who had duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare, degenerative form of the condition, died on Sunday after complications caused by a chest infection.

Throughout this week the Norwich Evening News has reported tributes to the Norwich City Powerchair Football Club player and Community Sports Foundation fundraiser.

Now the Westlife star has added his own tribute, as the boy band met Mr Parkin at one of their concerts at the O2 Arena in London in March 2011, after the meet was arranged by the Muscle Warriors muscular dystrophy charity.

Mr Byrne, speaking to the Irish Daily Star newspaper, said: “My thoughts and prayers are with Ben’s family and friends at this time. It was an honour to meet him at The O2 – we all got the sense that he had not let his disability get in the way of living a very full life.”

Mr Parkin’s parents, Dave and Kate, of Christchurch Road in Norwich, were thrilled to hear of the special tribute.

“Isn’t that kind, for my little man,” said Mrs Parkin when told of the tribute. “Westlife was the thing he loved the most, he just loved their music.”

Ben chose the song I Will Reach You as his favourite, which Westlife dedicated to him at the concert he attended.

“He said that was one of the most important days of his life,” added Mrs Parkin. “He felt they treated him beautifully.”

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