Born in Sligo, Ireland in 1980, singer Kian Egan found fame in the boy band Westlife in the late '90s alongside bandmates Mark Feehily, Shane Filan, Nicky Byrne, and Brian McFadden. As part of the original line-up put together by choreographer Mary McDonagh and performing as Six as One and later as IOYOU (the band included Feehily and Filan along with three Sligo boys, Derrick Lacey, Graham Keighron, and Michael Garrett). It was only when Filan's mother approached Boyzone's then manager, Louis Walsh, that Egan's musical career progressed. Taking counsel from Simon Cowell, Walsh fired the three Sligo boys but kept Egan, Feehily, and Filan, and after auditions in Dublin, members Byrne and McFadden were recruited. This newly formed group began life named Westside in 1998, but due to another act using the name, it was changed to Westlife. Boyzone singer Ronan Keating was brought in to co-manage the band with Walsh, and they released their debut EP Swear It Again. The boys enjoyed phenomenal success right up to the latter stages of the 2000s. The departure of McFadden in 2004 did little to hinder their progress. Several multi-platinum albums and tours ensured the group were granted legendary boy band status, and allowed Egan to explore other options outside of the band during a hiatus in 2008. He joined forces with Walsh to co-manage a new girl band called Wonderland. The girls' debut album reached number six in the Irish album charts and the eighth spot in the U.K., but they were dropped by their record label, Mercury, just four months later. Egan began to explore television options from 2012 after the disbandment of Westlife, and appeared as a presenter on various TV shows such as This Morning's Hub and This Morning. He also co-hosted the revamped British TV show Surprise, Surprise in 2012 but did not return for the second series. He was invited to be one of the coaches on The Voice of Ireland alongside Sharon Corr, Bressie, and Brian Kennedy. Egan gained national popularity by appearing on and winning the British version of I'm a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here! in late 2013. In early 2014, it was announced that he had signed a deal with Rhino Records and would be releasing his debut album, Home, later in the year. The album's title track was a cover of the Daughtry song, and was released as a single in spring 2014. ~ Aneet Nijjar
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