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Brian and Karen lead the way in the Toy Show Christmas jumper battle

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Hosts Brian and Karen

Hosts Brian and Karen

Hannah and Summer McCormack with Sinead Noonan and Kerrie Nicole Blanc

Hannah and Summer McCormack with Sinead Noonan and Kerrie Nicole Blanc

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Hosts Brian and Karen

Forget Ryan Tubridy’s Christmas jumpers, nothing short of a full-on Santa-festooned suit would do for former Westlifer Brian McFadden as he took to our screens for TV3’s Toy Show.

McFadden and co-host Karen Koster took an early lead in the battle of the TV toy shows with their festive wardrobe choices, though Tubs was quick to show he’s hoping to pull something special out of the bag, with a picture of the Late Late host wearing one of the garish geansais he’s been sent ahead of RTE’s big night.

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Hannah and Summer McCormack with Sinead Noonan and Kerrie Nicole Blanc

Hannah and Summer McCormack with Sinead Noonan and Kerrie Nicole Blanc

Hannah and Summer McCormack with Sinead Noonan and Kerrie Nicole Blanc

Eight and a half-months pregnant Karen’s baby bump was much in evidence in her traditional – in comparison to McFadden’s get-up – penguin-themed jumper. TV3 had laid on a back-stage midwife in case the star went into labour during the show.

But the broadcast went without a hitch as guests including Louis Walsh’s new boyband Hometown, Moone Boy actors David Rawle and Ian O’Reilly, and former TV Apprentice boss Bill Cullen stopped by the RDS to check out this year’s top toys.

And the 90-minute extravaganza didn’t disappoint, featuring toys from Disney’s smash hit movie Frozen and old favourites like Lego.

“The atmosphere was incredible. I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as I did,” McFadden said.

“The kids were unreal; they were the real stars of the show,” he added. Tubridy will have to up his game for next week’s Late Late Toy Show, though he played down any rivalry earlier this week saying he “wouldn’t fall out over a children’s Christmas show”.

That didn’t stop RTE releasing the shot of him wearing one of his trademark Christmas jumpers – knitted by Fionnula Hayward from Co Wicklow – ahead of Ballymount’s broadcast.

Tubridy has been inundated with suggestions for what to wear next week with the 41-year-old saying that some of them are “bonkers”. “As you can see the competition is pretty intense,” he said.

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