100,000 apply for 'golden tickets' to Toy Show
The annual scramble for coveted Late Late Toy Show tickets has peaked, with 100,000 people applying in two weeks.
The annual broadcast has long been a staple in Ireland's festive calendar. Each year, those who sit in the audience in Donnybrook are rewarded with toys and gifts that are doled out on a "one for everyone in the audience" basis.
"It is incredible how popular these tickets are," host Ryan Tubridy said.
"Everywhere we go, especially now that we have taken the show on the road, I get people asking 'any tickets, Ryan?'.
"They really are the golden ticket and it just shows how beloved the Toy Show still is after all these years. Good luck to everyone who has applied."
There will be lots of disappointed hopefuls as show time nears, however, as there are only 200 tickets up for grabs.
Tickets are allocated on a random basis and no closing date has yet been set for applications. But people are urged to get their applications in as quickly as possible.
This year the show hit the road for a nationwide audition tour, with Ireland's brightest young singers, dancers and musicians bidding to take part.
The search has proved fruitful as the producers gear up for the show's biggest ever opening number when it airs on December 2.
"We have been very impressed with the acts that we have seen over the past three days and we have definitely uncovered some hidden gems who are going to shine on the big night," producer Katherine Drohan said.
The song and dance that opens the show will be based on a movie this year and students from IADT in Dun Laoghaire have been drafted in to help.
Auditions finished in Dundalk yesterday and preparations for this year's show are in full swing. To apply for tickets go to rte.ie/tv/latelate.