Big-hearted Irish singer Nicky Byrne is treating all his competitors at this year’s Eurovision Song Contest to a special Irish gift.
The former Westlife star is Ireland’s entry into Eurovision with his song Sunlight.
Although only one act will ultimately be crowned champion, all the contestants will be taking some silverware home with them, as Byrne has brought 400 old style microphone lapel pins made by Newbridge silver.
He will generously give one to every other contestant that takes to the stage so they all have an Irish gift to back to their home countries.
A friend of Byrne’s said: “Eurovision is all about goodwill and competing. Not everyone will make the Grand Final but they will all receive Nicky’s souvenir.”
The finals will take place in Stockholm on Saturday, and Byrne needs to finish in the top ten of the second semi-final to clinch his spot.
His wife Georgina has flown out to support him. She said: “Myself and the family are thrilled to be in Stockholm for what hopefully will be two big nights in his career. We used to come here in the Westlife days so I am looking forward to showing the kids around.”
Ireland hold the record for the most wins at Eurovision, with seven successes. However, they haven’t won the contest for 20 years, with their last triumph coming back in 1996 when Eimear Quinn sang The Voice.
Best of luck to Nicky in Stockholm this time. You can see his song, Sunlight, below.