Nicky Byrne would love to return to radio but doesn’t have time with Westlife commitments

Busy

Nicky hosted his own show with Jenny Greene on 2fm for years, and while he misses being on the airwaves he says nothing beats the feeling of being on stage with his bandmates. He says he would love to return to the radio one day – but is too busy with Westlife commitments.

The singer-turned-broadcaster previously hosted his own mid-morning 2fm show with Jenny Greene. He left back in 2019 following the news that Westlife were reuniting. Nicky was a firm favourite on the airwaves, so would he be open to returning? The answer is yes, but don’t expect to hear him on radio any time soon as Westlife’s stellar success is keeping him super busy for now. He told RSVP Magazine: “Radio is something I always want to keep in my life, but I just don’t have the time right now.

Touring

“Westlife has a big tour coming up. We kick off in Kent in the UK on July 1st, then we’re performing in Colchester and later in that week we come back to Dublin to do a couple of nights in the Aviva Stadium. Then we’re touring pretty much every weekend right up until October when we start arena shows in the UK.”

The tour, which was originally meant to happen before the Covid-19 pandemic, will continue into 2023 as Nicky and bandmates Shane Filan, Kian Egan and Mark Feehily hope to travel outside of Europe. He added: “Next year we need to look at Asia because those tour dates still need to be done, but those parts of the world haven’t fully opened up yet because of Covid so we will have to wait and see.”

This tour has been a long time coming, and the dad-of-two says it feels incredible to get back out on the road and honour previously cancelled gigs so that no fans are left disappointed.

“I’m really looking forward to it because we’ve all been through a strange few years. It was great to get our new album that we recorded during lockdown released before Christmas,” Nicky said.

“It’s nice to be able to do the Pairc Ui Chaoimh shows in Cork that have been delayed for two years now. Wembley Stadium in London has been delayed since 2020 as well. We’ve just announced a date in Belfast as part of the UK and Ireland tour. That will be a great show, Belfast is always a big place for Westlife as we have a lot of fans there.

“It’ll be weird though, because we did the 20th Anniversary Reunion tour in May 2019 and by the time this tour kicks off it will have been over three years, which is nearly a mini-reunion in itself! But it will be a good one and it will take us well into next year.”

When Nicky isn’t busy making music and performing with Westlife, he is busy presenting TV shows on RTE.

Dancing with the stars

He has hosted Dancing with the Stars since the show’s inception in 2016, and last year fronted Saturday night game show Last Singer Standing.

But the World of Our Own hitmaker maintains that being with the band is his favourite job.

“I love working on TV, but being with the lads and being a part of Westlife is entirely different,” he said.

“We get to travel, sing our greatest hits and our shows always have a real party atmosphere.

“We have everybody from couples, to kids, to grandmothers just having the time of their lives. Equally we’re having just as much fun on stage.”

2023 is already shaping up to be another incredible year for Westlife – will Nicky have time to host Dancing with the Stars? “Hopefully,” he replied. “Dancing with the Stars dates aren’t in yet and the Westlife dates for 2023 aren’t in yet but I think it will all work out.”

Source: RSVP

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