Sunday 20 October 2019

Nicky revels in Eurovision role

Drummer Nicky Bailey is back in Wexford this week after an 'amazing' experience performing at the Eurovision contest in Sweden.

Nicky supplied the percussion on Ireland's entry 'Only Love Survives' sung by Ryan Dolan which finished a disappointing last in the competition.

But it was still an incredible experience from beginning to end, according to the Wexfordman who spent a fortnight in Sweden preparing for the contest.

'We were working from breakfast to bed. It was very hard work but really rewarding,' he said.

'Stepping out onto that stage on Saturday night was amazing.'

'The arena went wild for two countries before the acts even started to perform -Denmark and Ireland.'

Commenting on the Irish entry's poor voting performance Nicky said he felt the end result didn't reflect how well-received the song has been.

'It is charting in 27 countries today, including Australia,' he said on Monday.

'From a music business point of view I can see the Eurovision becoming like the fifth Beatle,' he said.

Nicky said both he and Ryan believed the best song won but whether 'Only Love Survives' deserved to come last is open to question, he said.

'But the result didn't take away one bit from the experience,' he said.

He thanked everyone 'from the bottom of my heart' for the huge outpouring of support the Irish crew received through social media which helped them through a difficult few hours after the votes were counted.

Wexford People

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