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Ryan Tubridy: My kids cringed in horror as I showed them my Toy Show dance routine

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Tubridy on last year's Toy Show

Tubridy on last year's Toy Show

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Ryan Tubridy

RTE star Ryan Tubridy has revealed he premiered his "all-singing, all-dancing" curtain raiser for last year's Late Late Toy Show in front his "biggest critics" - daughters Ella (15) and Julia (9).

The host was left under no illusions as to what they thought of the act.

"I gave them a sneak preview in the kitchen... I did the dance and the jaws dropped and they asked 'are you seriously going to do this on the television?'" he told the RTE Guide.

Last year's homage to Mary Poppins saw Tubridy decked out in Dick Van Dyke's iconic striped jacket and hat and dancing on stage for the show's grand opening.

"People probably think 'here is the guy usually so buttoned-up every Friday night and now here he is suddenly looking like Dick Van Dyke running around the studio with a bunch of kids, without a note in his head and two left feet'," he said.

Airing on Friday evening, this year's show is set to see Tubridy pulling on his dancing shoes once again although he is remaining tight-lipped about what is in store.

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Tubridy on last year's Late Late Toy Show

Tubridy on last year's Late Late Toy Show

Tubridy on last year's Late Late Toy Show

"I have to do some rehearsing this afternoon for the opening number of the Toy Show this year. So we have to do it in strict hidden circumstances in case anyone gets a sniff of what is going on.

"So far, no one has got it right which is good. It is the week where all roads lead to the Toy Show on Friday night."

He said he is looking forward to a cosy day on the couch with both his daughters, a pot of tea and a box of sweets as they take in the repeat of the performance on Sunday.

"The girls will critique the show and the acts but they are very loving and tolerant of their dad. They are on my side and that is really sweet," he said.

Tubridy views his 'Toyman' alter-ego not as an act but more like a cartoon version of himself - with a little inspiration from a host of Roald Dahl characters.

"There's devilment in there, as well as a love of childhood and children but there won't be a tolerance for bad manners or rudeness either. I'm not magic.

"I don't work with Santa at all, I don't even have his phone number, but for some I'm his representative on earth and I channel my own inner elf," he said.

"I often say there are two Late Late shows every Friday; the one that goes on in my head and then the one that gets broadcast.

"The one in my head is usually much more fun and the Toy Show is the closest to that."

He said he would love to be as "on" with some of his guests as he is with the kids, "but then we probably wouldn't have as many viewers, just a niche audience of misanthropes."

Tubridy will be springing a Christmas fashion surprise this year as he models a home-made festive sweater as sent in by a member of the public.

The Late Late Toy Show airs this Friday from 9.30pm on RTE One

Herald