Nicky became a professional footballer at the age of 15, playing in goal for Leeds United from 1995-97. Changing tack, he auditioned for the group that would become Westlife in 1998 and remained with the band until their split in June 2012.
During Byrne’s time with Westlife, the group notched up 25 top ten UK singles, seven number one albums and sold more than 45 million records worldwide. When the group announced their final show in Ireland, all 85,000 tickets sold out in five minutes, necessitating the band to schedule a second goodbye show, which was screened in 200 cinemas around the world.
While still a member of Westlife, Nicky tried his hand at TV presenting, guest-hosting an edition of CD:UK with Cat Deeley in 2002 and presenting the closing ceremony of the 2003 Special Olympics. Byrne won the Soccer Aid charity football match in 2010 alongside his Westlife bandmate Shane Filan and the Rest of the World team, and has also appeared on the likes of A Question of Sport and All Star Mr and Mrs.
As a man whose pop career lasted for 14 years and saw him dancing up a storm on stages all over the world, Byrne could well be set for success in Strictly 2012…