Monday 19 February 2018

Big kid Tubridy wheely excited for toy show

It'll be fun and easy on the pockets, says TV host

Ryan Tubridy's first ever 'Late Late Toy Show' has made him king of Irish TV.
Ryan Tubridy's first ever 'Late Late Toy Show' has made him king of Irish TV.

Stephen O'Farrell

IT'S his first year hosting the 'Late Late toy show', but it was excitement rather than nerves keeping Ryan Tubridy awake last night.

The bubbly presenter said the show would bring "a splash of colour to a very grey world" and insisted that the toys featured would be "recession-friendly".

As usual, the 'Late Late' set tonight will be transformed into child heaven with bright colours, teddy bears and lots and lots of toys.

And viewers are set for an extra surprise this year with 'The X Factor' phenomenon John and Edward Grimes confirmed to appear on the show.

The pre-Christmas special attracts a massive audience every year and ratings are set to rise even higher tonight as families tune in to see if Ryan is more child-friendly than his predecessor Pat Kenny.

"I know this is the one I always wanted to do," he said.

The father-of-two said the show was a "natural fit" for him because he loves children.

"I love the fact that children are uncontaminated by the reality of adulthood."

Despite all the feverish excitement, Ryan (36) said he was fully aware that this Christmas would be a very different one to previous years following the economic crisis.

"We are very keen not to have a joyless show but we will have a recession-friendly toy show."

Ryan also conceded that he had been hooked by the Grimes twins, dubbed Jedward, and stayed in every Saturday since they reached the 'X Factor' finals.

He said he was looking forward to having them on and was hopeful they would perform their unique act of off-key singing and frenetic dancing.

Their mentor, Louis Walsh, revealed earlier that Westlife would also appear but Ryan said fans would have to "wait and see".

Irish Independent

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