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National Television Awards 2019: Who are the members of Westlife and where is Brian McFadden?

Manchester Evening News logo Manchester Evening News 22/01/2019 17:04:42 Jessica Sansome
Shane Filan et al. posing for the camera: Westlife performed at the 2019 National Television Awards on Tuesday © PA on behalf of So TVWestlife performed at the 2019 National Television Awards on Tuesday

It's been 20 years since Ireland's newest boyband took on the charts - and we're feeling a bit old.

But now Westlife are back with a brand new single, album, tour and performance at the National Television Awards.

Nicky Byrne, Kian Egan, Mark Feehily and Shane Filan took to the stage at the glitzy ceremony to perform their brand new single, Hello My Love.

The quartets reunion plans were revealed back in October 2018 and fans went wild but one notable difference is the absence of fifth member Brian McFadden who left the band in 2004.

So in case you wanted to catch up on all you've missed about the nineties/noughties boyband, here you go.

Where is Brian McFadden?

Forming in 1998, it wasn't until the following year that the group released debut single Swear It Again which was an immediate hit and was the first of four number one singles that year.

More number ones followed and the bands first four albums all hit the top spot but after six years, Brian decided to leave Westlife and pursue a solo career.

The 38-year-old, who now calls Rochdale home , cited his struggle to balance his work and family life as a reason for exiting the band despite still riding high with char success. Brian was married to Kerry Katona at the time and had two young daughters.

a man wearing a black shirt © Credits: David Parry/PA Wire

David Parry/PA Wire

But after leaving the band, Brian released his debut number one single Real to Me and moved to Australia where he forged a successful television career including a role as a judge on Australia's Got Talent.

Instead of joining his former bandmates on the 20th anniversary tour, the Irish singer can instead be seen taking part in ITV's Dancing On Ice .

Appearing on Loose Women last week, Brian also revealed that he IS going on tour, but with another boyband.

He  told the panel: "I'm going on tour as myself, but I'm supporting Boyzone as a special guest."

He will also play Manchester's Ruby Lounge on April 9 as part of his six-date Soul Jam tour.

When and why did Westlife split?

Following Brian's exit, the band continued as a four-piece for a further eight years releasing another four top-charting albums.

They announced their split in 2011 after nearly a decade and a half together.

Aaron Carter et al. posing for the camera © Credits: Mirror

Mirror

Their original statement said: "After 14 years, 26 top ten hits including 14 number one singles, 11 top 5 albums, 7 of which hit the top spot and have collectively sold over 44 million copies around the world, 10 sell out tours and countless memories that we will forever cherish, we today announce our plan to go our separate ways after a greatest hits collection this Christmas and a farewell tour next year.

"The decision is entirely amicable and after spending all of our adult life together so far, we want to have a well-earned break and look at new ventures. We see the greatest hits collection and the farewell tour as the perfect way to celebrate our incredible career along with our fans. We are really looking forward to getting out on the tour and seeing our fans one last time.

Shane Filan, Kian Egan, Nicky Byrne posing for the camera © Credits: Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

Jeff Spicer/Getty Images

 

"Over the years Westlife has become so much more to us than just a band. Westlife are a family. We would like to thank our fans who have been with us on this amazing journey and are part of our family too. We never imagined when we started out in 1998 that 14 years later we would still be recording, touring and having hits together. It has been a dream come true for all of us."

When did they make a comeback?

The quartet first teased their comeback in October 2018 in a video posted to their Twitter page.

The 35 second teaser racked up more than 830,000 views and added: "We'll be seeing you soon" with a teaser that reads: "new music. new tour."

The Twenty Tour will celebrate 20 years of the bands hits, which includes a cover of Billy Joel's Uptown Girl, You Raise Me Up, What About Now, Flying Without Wings and Mandy.

 

Kian, Nicky, Mark and Shane then started the new year by revealing their brand new single, Hello My Love, which was written by Ed Sheeran.

It reached number 13 in the UK Official Charts and got into second place in the Irish version.

Are there still tickets left for the tour?

The nineties and noughties heartthrobs initially announced two dates at Manchester Arena as part of their anniversary tour but after they sold out rather quickly, and sent Ticketmaster into a frenzy in the process, they had to add a third date at the venue.

a group of people posing for the camera © Credits: PA

PA

Already playing the city on May 30 and June 28, the band added an extra gig in the city for June 29 and the good news for fans is that there's still tickets left.

The tickets are available from Ticketmaster.

22. tammikuuta 2019 19:04:42 Categories: Manchester Evening News TT Nyhetsbyrån

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