Darren Milby column

Shane Filan
Shane Filan

Last summer former Westlife lead singer Shane Filan popped into The Bay studios and caused a complete commotion.

Kids, middle-aged women, grannies and dragged along husbands lined the street desperate to catch a glimpse of him.

I didn’t do a head count but I’m pretty sure its the biggest crowd we’ve had outside for a visiting celebrity.

Shane is a genuinely nice guy too. He was at The Bay ages having his picture taken with every single fan who turned up. Not a lot of singers do that.

Afterwards he told me: “It was my first ever radio tour and my first time at The Bay. I was made to feel very welcome so thanks to everybody who turned up.”

Well he must have enjoyed the home made cakes we got in especially for him because a few weeks ago he was back on The Bay.

He had a very hectic schedule rehearsing for his upcoming tour so we kept it low key this time.

Since we last spoke his debut single hit the top 20, his album reached number six and he performed live on The X Factor final at Wembley Arena.

He is about to embark on his first ever solo tour and I asked him if he still gets nervous.

“It’s funny when I used to go on The X Factor with Westlife I was more nervous I don’t know why it was.

“Sometimes when I’m doing the solo stuff I think you just have to go for everything.

“There is no point thinking about it just enjoy it.

“And I just love being on the stage its the best feeling in the world and now these people will be coming to see me on my own for the first time and its quite humbling.

“It’s going to be an amazing experience and all I feel is excitement.”

Pop music is changing. It’s not just teenage girls who buy records anymore.

Those girls who once screamed themselves hoarse at boyband concerts still like pop music it’s just that they have got over the hysteria. (well mostly!)

Shane seems to fit that market very well.

His first solo album reached the top 10 just before Christmas and Shane seems fairly pleased with its performance so far.

“It’s a great start and its just about getting your album out there.

“I’m pleased its selling so well as I’ve only really had one song on the radio.

“It’s a good start but its early days and it is exciting.”