Wednesday 29 March 2017

TV3 toy show was a 'different beast' to the Late Late Toy Show - Maria Walsh

Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

TV presenter Maria Walsh has shrugged off comparisons between TV3's Christmas toy show and the Late Late Show's version as they're "different beasts".

The TV3 special that she co-fronted with Brian Ormond pulled in strong figures of 264,000. However, this paled in comparison with Ryan Tubridy's figures of 1.4m viewers for his smash-hit success.

"When adults critique, there's an air of constructive, air of personal, it's different. But you don't mind it, because that's what makes you better," she said. "I'm my worst critic, regardless or whatever anybody else says about me on social media. The tough bit for me is me navigating through what I want to do."

She said that they knew they were never going to come close to the viewing figures for the RTE version.

Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Dublin when it was announced that they will be the hosts of this years Tv3 Toy Show . The Tv3 Toy Show will air on Friday 20th November at 9pm.
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Brian Ormond and Maria Walsh pictured at Tv3's Studio in Ballymount, Dublin when it was announced that they will be the hosts of this years Tv3 Toy Show . The Tv3 Toy Show will air on Friday 20th November at 9pm. Pictures Brian McEvoy No Repro fee for one use

"The Late Late Show is an institution, similar to the Rose of Tralee. Everybody watches it but I was delighted with the show," she continued.

"Ryan Tubridy has been doing it for years so he's a legend in that sense.

Harmless: Lara Reddy and Ryan Tubridy on the Toy Show
Harmless: Lara Reddy and Ryan Tubridy on the Toy Show

"But myself and Brian had so much fun doing the Toy Show. I was really happy with it.

"Any child I meet goes, 'I saw you on the Toy Show. I like this toy but I didn't like this toy'. So you know that they're interactive about it which is all that counts. They're the demographic."

The former Rose of Tralee went on to say how it was unfortunate that The Late Late Show's segment with five-year-old Lara Reddy attracted such controversy.

"A child is a child, innocence at its best. I saw a little clip of it and it was sad only because it was such an innocent comment," she said.

"Us adults make worse comments than that and we don't even get terrorised that much."

Maria was speaking at the Gaisce Gold Awards event, which she hosted at Dublin Castle.

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