Eurovision’s Joe and Jake predict Ireland's Nicky Byrne will do well: 'There’s huge affection for Westlife'

The UK’s Eurovision duo Joe and Jake (opens in new tab) are grateful they don’t have to compete in this week’s semi-finals, but one singer they really hope will be joining them on stage in Saturday’s final is Westlife’s Nicky Byrne.

Nicky is representing Ireland this Thursday’s semi-final (BBC4, from 8pm) with his song Sunlight.

“We were on Nicky’s radio show, and we’ve met him at a couple of the pre-Eurovision parties. We all got on really well,” says Jake Shakeshaft (opens in new tab). “He’s got to go through the semi-finals, but I think he’ll do well. He has a great song and there’s huge affection for Westlife (opens in new tab) all over Europe. It’s good for him, too, that viewers in the UK can vote in his Thursday semi-final.”

On Thursday, Nicky (opens in new tab) will be facing the likes of Israel, Belarus, Denmark and Australia for one of the 10 final spots left up for grabs.

“He’s got plenty of experience performing for massive audiences in stadiums,” Joe Woolford (opens in new tab) adds. “He’ll be in his element.”

You can watch Thursday's Eurovision (opens in new tab) semi-final on BBC4, from 8pm. Watch Nicky perform Sunlight:


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