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Sunday 17 December 2017

Nicky moves on after Westlife with soccer show

WESTLIFE'S Nicky Byrne has already started the next chapter in his life, completing filming on his new soccer show.

Fans of the Dublin singer shouldn't be too sad about the prospect of never seeing him live in action again, following the band's split after 14 years.

The Herald can reveal how he has almost finished work on his first big TV gig for RTE, Football's Next Big Star.

"I've filmed the whole show, it's all done and dusted so it's just a matter now of doing some voice-overs for it," he said. "It should air around September-time and I really enjoyed doing it, it was right up my street."

The curtain finally came down on the chart-topping group after a pair of sell-out gigs at Croke Park where they performed to 160,000 fans.

Nicky, who was signed to Leeds United for two years, fronts the show looking for the next big thing in football.

The show is being produced by Tyrone Productions, the company that made OMG! Jedward's Dream Factory.

The overall winner of Nicky's show will be given the chance to get a coveted pro contract with Celtic.

"Celtic is steeped in history and has such strong ties to Ireland, with Neil Lennon, Roy Keane, Robbie Keane and Anthony Stokes to name but a few, which shows that this is really an opportunity of a lifetime," said Nicky.

From thousands of aspiring hopefuls, just 10 boys will be handpicked to move to Celtic's prestigious Youth Academy in Glasgow, Scotland, for a month of challenges. The final 10 will face a month of intensive training at one of Europe's biggest clubs.

The one showing the most potential will be chosen by Celtic boss Neil Lennon to win a shot at joining the club.

Trials for hopefuls were held in various locations around Dublin and Limerick last March.

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