Nicky Byrne has insisted that there’s no hard feelings between him and his former bandmate Kian Egan, as he’s set to replace him on the small screen.
The Westlife star will host RTÉ’s Dancing With The Stars in the new year alongside Amanda Byram, and the series is set to air over a 12-week period.
The much-anticipated dancing show will fill the popular Sunday slot on RTÉ One, replacing the axed Voice of Ireland – in which Nicky’s former bandmate Kian acted as a coach.
However, Nicky has confirmed that there has been no awkwardness between him and his pal as it was simply time for The Voice to “move on”.
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“The Voice Of Ireland was on for five years and Kian was on it for the whole time – that’s longer than most boybands last.
“I think the time was right for The Voice to move on. Purely because I think people wanted a bit of a change. Dancing With The Stars is old-style entertainment. Kids love it, parents love it, grandparents love it.
“I think that’s why it works. At the end of it there’ll be a winner and they’ll be crowned but they don’t need to do anything after that. They don’t need to go and sell an album,” he told the Irish Mirror.
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Speaking about landing the presenting role, which was wanted by many Irish TV stars including Marty Whelan, Nicky said, “Anyone could have done this show their way and it would’ve went brilliantly. They just happened to go with me and Amanda.
“It really boiled down to what RTE and ShinAwil had in mind. I’m delighted I got the nod,” he added.
Dancing With The Stars is set to air at 6.30pm on RTE One on January 8.