Eurovision 2016 Entry: Ireland — Nicky Byrne — Sunlight

Ireland's Nicky Byrne hasn't tweaked "Sunlight" since it debuted -- could that be a strategic misstep in this year's Eurovision Song Contest?

Nicky Byrne will represent Ireland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo: Lili Forberg / RTE / Universal Music Ireland) Nicky Byrne will represent Ireland at the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm, Sweden (Photo: Lili Forberg / RTE / Universal Music Ireland)

Country: Ireland
Song Title: “Sunlight”
Artist: Nicky Byrne
Second Semi-Final: Position #7
Last year’s entry: “Playing with Numbers” – Molly Sterling (DNQ – 12th Place, SF2)

Not much has changed with Ireland’s entry since I last wrote about it. Seriously: we have the same video of “Sunlight” by Nicky Byrne with what appears to be zero revamping:

The only thing that has changed for Ireland’s entry is knowing that it landed in the first half of the second semi-final and the other entries it will compete with on May 12. Unfortunately, the luck of the Irish did not extend to this semi-final allocation. In terms of song genre, Nicky Byrne will be battling against Denmark’s boyband (whose entry I find similarly bland) and Lithuania’s own heartfelt heartthrob anthem. Slovenia’s entry also shares some similarities in terms of style and tempo, which means there could be a lot of vote splitting within what I suspect may be a smaller audience within the Eurovision populace.

Ireland’s other problem: there are a lot of heavy hitters in this semi-final. Serbia and Ukraine are practically guaranteed to advance, Romania has never missed a final, and Australia and Bulgaria have great songs and the appeal of being newish participants.1 Belgium and Poland also look to be in good shape, which would mean there are only three spots left if those seven advance. That’s not a lot of wiggle room on the bubble.

There are entries that, while maybe not better songs, have the potential to be more interesting than a guy singing with a band behind him. Although Nicky Byrne did work the national final circuit and seems like a nice, polite gentleman, I just don’t see that translating to overwhelming support from juries or televoters. Right now his biggest advantage is that Australia and the United Kingdom vote in this semi-final, but that may only save Ireland from a last place finish.

Eurovision Song Contest Second Semi-Final
May 12, 2016

AlbaniaAustraliaBelarusBelgiumBulgariaDenmarkFYR MacedoniaGeorgiaIrelandIsraelLatviaLithuaniaNorwayPolandRomaniaSerbiaSloveniaSwitzerlandUkraine

  1. Bulgaria is back from a two-year hiatus.  

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