Wednesday 14 November 2018

Toy Show's Tubridy kickstarts our festive season

Ryan Tubridy pictured during the opening performance
Ryan Tubridy pictured during the opening performance
Ryan Tubridy pictured during the opening performance

Sam Griffin and Majella O'Sullivan

It was the biggest, boldest, and probably loudest Toy Show yet as presenter Ryan Tubridy performed no less than three musical numbers with plenty of gusto - though not quite as much grace.

Tubs played his part in the opening medley of tunes from 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang', which was the theme of last night's show.

But the presenter's dulcet tones had been overshadowed before long when superstar Ed Sheeran showed up to steal poor Tubs's limelight.

He didn't seem to mind though and threw himself into the roll coming across relaxed and at ease throughout.

Perhaps conscious of last year's staggering 1.4 million audience, producers were reluctant to tinker too much with a winning formula as they blended old features with new.

In true Toy Show fashion, it was all about the kids who showed off all the must-have toys, gadgets, books, games and bikes this Christmas.

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Siblings Holly Belle (7) and Jamie Hennessy (6) from Meath showed off their collection of toys from the 'Frozen' film - the most sought after toys this Christmas, and which led to a fight in one store last week between warring parents fighting for the last 'Elsa' doll.

"The police came and they went to prison," Jamie told Ryan when asked about the incident.

And in keeping with previous years, some deserving charities were once again placed at the show's centre, with children from Temple Street Hospital, the Central Remedial Clinic (CRC) and the National Rehabilitation Hospital, among others, invited in to enjoy some of the 300 toys used to design the set.

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The best in musical talent was also showcased with Danny O'Donoghue from The Script stopping by and One Direction's Niall Horan delivering a special video message. The child performers weren't bad either, with Defne Gultoprank (11) and Gerry Yang (11), both from Dublin, wowing on the piano while Claire Quinn (15), from Galway, delivered the performance of the night with a powerful version of Nessun Dorma. Breaking with tradition, the presenter this year wore four festive jumpers hand-knitted by members of the public.

Mother of three and avid knitter, Helen O'Sullivan only found out on Thursday that her jumper was one of those chosen to be worn by the host.

"I wanted to do it right and I wanted to come up with a good concept but I'm delighted it was chosen," Helen said.

Every member of the audience went home happy too with a glut of treats, though some were also on the receiving end of some eggs thrown by Tubs after one game got out of hand.

The show will be repeated on Sunday afternoon and is also available on the RTE player for those who didn't quite manage to make it to the end.

Irish Independent

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