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Leo Javaherian with his mother Tina. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Leo Javaherian with his mother Tina. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Leo Javaherian with his mother Tina. Photo: Steve Humphreys

What a big moment it will be for Leo Javaherian (12) when he plays the piano and sings during the 'Late Late Toy Show' tonight.

From Naas, Leo, who has Down Syndrome, started playing the piano last year after one of his brothers showed him how to play a Radiohead song. His musical ability quickly became apparent.

His mother Tina Hynes, who is a music teacher, said: "I started teaching him and he picked it up so fast and he just loved it. He has always loved song. He sticks at something until he gets it, he's great," said the mother of seven.

She said that Leo was really excited about appearing on the show where he will perform a verse of a carol.

"When I told him he got through he was so excited, he was over the moon," said Ms Hynes.

Like many parents nationwide, she had sent off a short video when the call went out for applications for the toy show, and then Leo was called up to RTÉ for an audition.

A day later, the family found he had secured a coveted spot as a performer on the show.

Leo is in fifth class in St Corban's boys national school, and just last year he played a song for his classmates. "His class joined in singing with him. I thought it was such a good moment. And now in the space of a year he has gone from playing for 30 people to playing for 1.5 million," she added.

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