Ryan wants mischievous little Toy Show helpers
The secret is out - while Santa Claus asks all children to be good, 'Late Late Toy Show' host Ryan Tubridy prefers a little mischief in his younger helpers.
The presenter admitted he revels in children who have "bold heads on them".
The revelation came as RTÉ launched a nationwide search for children to participate in the much-loved annual TV show.
"I love the children with the bold heads," he said at the Cork auditions yesterday.
"They are more intelligent than anyone gives them credit for. They are thinking and messing and acting the maggot the whole time."
As for his legendary Christmas jumpers, Ryan kept his cards close to his chest, but said it would be somewhat "mischievous".
The auditions ranged from primary school bodhrán players to comedians.
But the star of the show was Christian Smith (8), from Killeagh, Co Cork, who was performing as part of the Corda Dolce violin group when one of his teeth fell out without warning.