Dec 192014

RTÉ HAVE ANNOUNCED details of a new show to replace Winning Streak on Saturday evenings.

The show – to be called The Million Euro Challenge – will feature “thrilling” new games and be hosted by Nicky Byrne, the 2FM presenter and former Westlifer


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On each episode three players, each accompanied by a friend or family member, will play Lottery games. One will get the chance to play for €1million.

The games include:

Crack the Code’ (where cracking a 4-digit code means the safe gets opened and the player wins cash), ’Risky Business’ (where the players compete against each other to win as much money as possible), and the finale game, ‘The Million Euro Challenge’.

It was reported earlier this month that Winning Streak would be moved to a summer slot, with Marty Whelan and Sinead Kennedy continuing as presenters when it returns.

It had previously run over the winter.

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As with Winning Streak, players will enter The Million Euro Challenge by buying scratchcards.

Nicky Byrne said he was “really excited” to present the show, adding: “I’ve been working with The Million Euro Challenge team learning all about the new games and I think the format of the show is brilliant.”

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Dec 102014

He’s proven himself as a successful presenter and Westlife’s Nicky Byrne has been offered a string of gigs in the UK.

The father-of-three joined RTE’s 2FM at the start of the year, to host a weekday slot with DJ Jenny Greene.

And Dubliner Byrne, whose radio show currently has 141,000 listeners, told that he’s turned down opportunities on the British airwaves – in order to remain at home near his family.

‘There have been a few offers that came up from the big stations and I wouldn’t rule it out, but I don’t have the time,’ Byrne said.

‘It’s flattering and there is a Westlife fan base in the UK that cannot listen to the 2FM show.

‘For me, I’ve very young kids, we holiday in the summer and also I’ve toured an awful lot away from home, so at the moment it’s really nice to be back in Ireland,’ he told

In addition to spreading his wings as a broadcaster, Byrne is ready to release his first solo album and said that he’s eager to show off his vocal ability.

‘I want it to be a surprise for everybody and with me, because I wasn’t the lead singer in Westlife, there’s an even bigger element of surprise.

‘All those people who bought Westlife albums – bar a few tracks they probably don’t really know what I sound like – which is incredible after being in one of the world’s biggest pop bands for 14 years.’ Continue reading »

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