RTÉ decided to ditch the public-vote-driven Eurosong selection process after it failed to produce any winners.
Nicky Byrne will perform "Sunlight" live on The Ray D'Arcy Show on Saturday 13 February 2016.
Nicky says: »Like many of us, I have grown up watching the Eurovision Song Contest. It always brought great excitement to our house down through the years and I was lucky enough to see Ireland win it on many occasions. I have a great memory as a nine year old, of dancing around our sitting room in a
»I'm absolutely over the moon. I really am. To be given the opportunity to represent our country is huge,« Nicky told RTÉ
Top songwriter, top creative director
Sunlight is written by Nicky Byrne, Wayne Hector and Ronan Hardiman.
Wayne Hector has stated: »Nicky is a real talent and after having shared so much success previously, I was looking forward to working together with him again and with my good friend and super producer/composer Ronan Hardiman. We've written a song that we all love and believe in, which is a great showcase for Nicky's voice, so I'm looking forward to the night.«
Ronan Hardiman is a musician, composer and producer, and his credits include the soundtrack of Michael Flatley's Lord Of The Dance and Feet Of Flames, and also the TV series "Neverland".
RTÉ's Head of delegation, Michael Keely, has appointed US producer Lee Lodge - who worked for the 2015 Oscars - and Tim Byrne, former creative director of Simon Cowell's company Syco, to lead the creative team and produce Nicky's onstage performance.
Ireland holds the record of most victories in Eurovision Song Contest: Seven victories! The six of these victories was in the 80s and 90s:
- 1970: "All Kinds Of Everything"
- 1980: "What's Another Year"
- 1987: "Hold Me Now"
- 1992: "Why Me"
- 1993: "In Your Eyes"
- 1994: "Rock 'n' Roll Kids"
- 1996: "The Voice"
They have been in Eurovision since 1965 with 49 participation since then. Ireland has qualified for the Grand Final 7 out of 12 times since the introduction of Semi-finals in 2004.