Irish star Kian Egan on forming a band aged 12, having to mime at a Westlife gig and hitting the studio with his wife
Kian Egan is best known for being a member of Irish boy band Westlife.
Between 1998 and 2011, the group cloked up an impressive 14 No 1 singles in the UK and sold over 50 million records worldwide.
Kian took up a position as a coach on Ireland’s version of The Voice in 2012 and was crowned the winner of ITV reality show I’m A Celebrity in 2013.
How do you take your tea?
Strong, one sugar and a small drop of milk.
Who would you like to have a cup of tea with?
Michael Jackson. It’d be really cool to sit down and chat to him.
Tell us about your debut solo album, Home.
It’s not a million miles away from the type of thing I did with Westlife. The idea was to try and find great songs that suited my voice.
They’re covers, but they’re not all well-known tracks.
What’s your favourite track on the album?
The duet I did with my wife, Jodi – it’s called I Run To You.
Did you always want to be a singer?
I definitely wanted to be on stage. I started performing in poetry competitions when I was four and set up my first band aged 12. Music was always the biggest love of my life.
Have you ever had any embarrassing on-stage moments?
There was one gig we did where we had to mime because there wasn’t time for a sound check. I remember singing my part when the wire of the microphone fell out.
My voice kept coming out of the speakers – it was pretty obvious I wasn’t singing live!
How would you spend an ideal weekend?
I’m a big surfer, so spending time at the beach with my family is always top of the list. We like to have days out in our camper van. I also enjoy photography and taking my dog for long walks.
What would it surprise people to know about you?
The first album I ever bought was by Metallica!
What’re your plans for the next few months?
I’d love to get out on tour, but I’ve had a busy few months, so I’m also looking forward to some time out with my wife and little boy.
Kian Egan’s album, Home, is available at QVC now. Visit qvcuk.com