Cute kids, toys galore and that jumper as Ryan banishes blues
THE kids were cute, the jumper was suitably festive and the toys will be on every Christmas list the length and breadth of the country.
Ryan Tubridy burst on to the stage of last night's 'Late Late Toy Show' dressed as Woody the Cowboy from 'Toy Story' before revealing that all-important Christmas jumper.
After feverish anticipation, this year's geansai was unveiled as a sky-blue woollen number featuring a skiing snowman.
Equally traditional is the phrase "one for everybody in the audience", and it got plenty of airing before the night was over -- with audience members leaving with bulging sacks of swag.
Some 130 children took part in the show -- from performing song and dance routines to reviewing books to demonstrating the intricacies of every kind of toy imaginable.
Among them was yoyo expert Conor McCarthy (9) from Co Clare who entertained with his lightning-quick moves.
Thanking his young co-presenters at the end of the show, Mr Tubridy remarked: "When things are so pear-shaped in the country, the future is in safe hands."
Reflecting our economically straitened times, most of the toys featured cost less than €70 with an emphasis on Irish-produced items.
All the toys used on the show will be donated to children's charities.
Guests included former 'X Factor' contestant Olly Murs, who engaged Mr Tubridy in a light sabre battle before performing his latest song. And tween sensation Jedward filmed a video in New York for a €20,000 competition, later won by Breda Harrington from Roscommon.