Tubs hopes to conjure up magical time for 'Toy Show' fans
RYAN Tubridy is promising magical fun that comes in all shapes, sizes and prices during this year's 'Late Late Toy Show' tonight.
The annual festive extravaganza is one of the most-watched shows on Irish television and this time around a giant carousel, a life-size two-storey doll house and a red-brick cobbled street have taken over the 'Late Late Show' studio to help transform it into child heaven.
The fairytale set, designed by Darragh Treacy, was six weeks in planning and come broadcast tonight, the studio will be packed with 237 toys, 200 audience members and 231 performers.
Tubridy (40) said while they will feature top end toys on the market, there will be gadgets and gizmos for every household budget.
"I took over the show five years ago and inherited it in the middle of a recession, so the elves have certain toys that are easier to make and not as expensive to put together; I'll make that very clear to the viewers," he said.
"Of course there are big games and toys that are high end, but equally some of the favourites are the walking hand or the mechanical goldfish that cost very little. My own favourites are the lower end, but are great fun and good value.
"I want everyone to just feel the magic for a minute and enjoy it, because it is spectacular," he added.
Tubridy was in rehearsals yesterday afternoon ahead of tonight's toyfest and admitted his musical theatre skills leave a lot to be desired.
The father-of-two, who has chosen a Mary Poppins theme this year, will channel his inner chimney sweep and perform a dance routine made famous by Dick Van Dyke in the 1964 Disney film.
"It's proving more difficult than I imagined," he said.
The 2FM presenter is also welcoming some healthy competition from commercial station TV3, who will stage their own 30-minute toy show at 8pm this evening.
"I'm not worried at all, I wish them well and I think it's a bit of fun," he said.