Nicky Byrne is a singer/songwriter and one quarter of famous Irish pop band Westlife, one of the most successful bands of the 90s and 2000s.
The group sold over 45 million records worldwide, accumulated 14 number-one singles in the UK and had 26 top ten singles over their 14 year career, performing for the last time together in June 2012.
Will success be against all odds or will Nicky’s musical background and Irish charm see him through to the final?
What made you decide to do Strictly this year?
As a band we performed on Strictly a couple of times and I remember always looking at the contestants and seeing the fear in their eyes and thinking this has a real buzz and excitement about it. So when Westlife ended and I was thinking about what I was going to do next, I jumped at the chance to do Strictly.
So how would you rate your current dancing skills out of 10?
Raving in a club when I was 15 or 16 years old I would say I was about a seven or eight out of ten. When it comes to a Westlife dance routine eight or nine, but ballroom dancing I have absolutely no idea, maybe a minus ten!
Do you think you might be the one to lift the glitterball trophy this year?
I’m confident and will give it a good shot, but I’ve seen how good Harry was last year and he looked like Patrick Swayze, I keep thinking ‘I can’t do that!’ But there is no point being competitive until I know how good I am – I could be the joker of the pack!