Monday 23 April 2018

No kidding, 80,000 request tickets for Late Late Toy Show - in just two days

Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was the School of Ukulele players and singers, and dancers from the Denise Moriarty School of Dance.
Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was the School of Ukulele players and singers, and dancers from the Denise Moriarty School of Dance.
Melanie Finn

Melanie Finn

Audience passes to the Late Late Toy Show have become the hottest free tickets in town - but getting your hands on one is anything but child's play.

In two days alone, RTE received a staggering 80,000 applications from viewers clamouring to attend the annual Christmas special.

This year's response looks set to smash last year's record of 140,000 applications chasing just 204 tickets.

The show is watched by 1.4m viewers.

"The response has been phenomenal," said host Ryan Tubridy.

"To have 80,000 applications in just two days is staggering. I only wish that everyone who applied could get a ticket."

Asked why he thought the show was so popular, he said it had the ultimate "feel-good factor".

"The show is all about good vibes. Everyone just wants to have the rainbow and unicorn experience. I'm hyper, the kids are hyper, everyone just gets completely hyper."

The application process was launched on Monday morning as the toy show team started their regional tour in search of the most talented youngsters to take part in the programme.

Ryan has travelled to Cork, Mullingar and Galway to watch the aspiring stars being put through their paces.

This is the third year that RTE has taken the Toy Show on the road.

"We've had a great reaction wherever we go," said Ryan.

"It is heartening to see that the Toy Show still means so much to people.

"I have been very impressed by the wealth of confident, talented performers we have found everywhere we go.

"We've got something really special in store this year - it's like nothing we've ever done before.

"The singers, dancers and musicians we've discovered during these auditions are really going to make it a magical night."

Asked about the theme of this year's show, Ryan said it was something completely unique.

"The costume is nearly there and the song is great fun," he said.

"It's not as princessy-castley as before and it's a theme the likes of which we haven't seen before.

"I'll be opening the proceedings - but I'll keep the singing to a minimum."

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