10 things to know about The Late Late Toy Show before it airs tonight
It's one of the most highly anticipated shows of the year, and The Late Late Toy Show is finally set to return to our screens tonight. Here are 10 things you need to know about it before you tune in:
1. The theme
Following last year's Beauty and the Beast theme, this year's theme is... The Jungle Book!
"I've spent six months hiding this theme from everyone, it's been torture!" said host Ryan Tubridy. "The idea comes from the team. It can come from even just sitting in the car. There was another theme we had in mind, but it just wasn't taking."
2. There'll be singing and dancing (of course)
Like every year, there will be singing and dancing on the Toy Show, but this year there will be a slight difference. In order to improve his dancing skills, Ryan took "a few" dancing lessons ahead of the show.
"I took a few dancing lessons to try and get my head and both my left feet around the idea of moving to the sound of music. Some people would call it dancing," he said.
3. Ryan's costume will be huge
Ryan said that his costume for the show is "cumbersome," leaving the presumption that he will be dressed as friendly jungle bear Baloo.
"It makes me look like I've put on a few pounds, which is a world first," he joked.
4. The opening sequence will be the best yet
The start of the show usually sets the scene and raises the excitement levels for the rest of the show, and this year it's going to be no different.
"The opening sequence will be a big, mammoth production," said Ryan. "It's jazzy, it's brassy, it's sassy. It is the most colourful of all of the openings that I can recall."
5. The set is incredible
The RTE studio has been transformed into a bright and bold jungle, complete with a special effects waterfall and trees.
"It's just getting bigger and bigger every year. It's kind of out of control now," said the 43-year-old.
6. The cast is the biggest it's ever been
What makes the Toy Show so special is the children who perform and speak about their favourite toys, and every year the excitement is palpable. This year over 320 children will be taking part in the show, with the youngest being just four years old.
7. Planning for next year's show has already begun
The Late Late Toy Show hasn't yet reached our screens and already next year's spectacular is being planned. "Planning for the next show starts about a week before the other show starts," said Ryan.
"It's a bit weird, but I've been called weird at least seven times by children this morning so I'm just going to take it as part of my job description."
8. There will be a countdown on Facebook
You can join in on the Toy Show fun early this year by watching a live stream by TV presenter Baz Ashmawy on Facebook. Baz will bring viewers on an exclusive look at what's going on behind the scenes before the show goes live. Watch it from 8pm on RTE One's Facebook page.
9. You can watch the show even if you're not in Ireland
If you or a friend or family member live abroad, you can still experience the excitement of the Toy Show by tuning in live on the RTE Player, no matter where in the world you are.
10. When to watch
Get your treats, popcorn and onesie ready - The Late Late Toy Show starts at 9:35pm sharp on RTE One tonight.