Thursday 29 January 2015

Tubridy admits he's 'very nervous' ahead of Late Late Toy Show

Published 28/11/2013 | 15:41

Ryan Tubridy will appear as chimney sweep Bert on Friday's Mary Poppins-themed show.

HE opted for a Mary Poppins theme for this year’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’, but host Ryan Tubridy admitted that his impersonation of actor Dick Van Dyke are not quite up to scratch yet.

The Irish Independent spoke to the 40-year-old during rehearsals for the annual festive extravaganza and Tubs admitted to feeling “very nervous” about showing off his dance skills in front of the entire country.

“Normally I’m fine about the show, but this time I’ve added pressure because of course there’s suggestion that I try to sign and dance for you all. That’ll be interesting to say the least.”

This year’s toy show has reached new heights, with the ‘Late Late Show’ set transformed beyond recognition.

And helping Ryan with the hosting honours is Cavan-born 11-year-old Fergal Smith, who will co-anchor for a portion of the programme. Fergal wrote Ryan a letter about being the middle child of three in his family.

“He’s super, he reminded me of a young man who also wrote letters when he was 12 and I was really impressed by what he had to say, suffering what a disability that he calls ‘middle child syndrome’.

“It’ll help his dream come true.”

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