The RTÉ star was like a child in Santa’s workshop when he unveiled the set of the most magical TV show yesterday.
“I got up early every day this week. I’m sleep deprived from excitement,” he said.
Last year’s Late Late Toy Show attracted a record 1.41m viewers — the most watched programme on Irish television in 15 years.
The theme of this year’s show is loosely based on the movie Shrek and will feature a record 200-plus child performers.
“We are trying to provide a splash of colour in a grey time,” said Tubridy, who pointed out that many of the toys would be affordable for cash-strapped families.
Tubridy confirmed that X Factor boy band Union J would be heading to Ireland for an appearance on the show tonight, but refused to reveal what kind of cheesy Christmas jumper he would be wearing.
“The search for the most disgusting jumper on the planet Earth came to an end three weeks ago when I found what can only be described as a sartorial weapon of mass destruction.
“It is from a movie — I am not going to tell you what it is but it is exceptionally disgusting. It is not a creature, it is not a person on the front of it — it’s just a theme, but it is Christmassy.”
It is strongly rumoured, however, that he will be wearing a Bad Santa pullover with the word ‘naughty’ on the front.
Around 50 to 60 toys will be tested by children aged four to 11 during the show and a special section will be about toys that work in small spaces because so many families are apartment dwellers.
“It depends on how quickly I break them. I hope lots of them are broken or half broken because that’s real — that’s Christmas morning. Santa doesn’t always get it right.”
This year some of the old favourites are being featured — Cabbage Patch Kids and Furby. Children will also get to talk to the chat-show host about the best books to read over Christmas.
Delighted Im not working tomorrow night #ToyShow— Lisa Traynor (@Traynor_Lisa) November 29, 2012
Tubridy said tickets for the show had gained the status of a Willy Wonka golden ticket.
Such is the frenzy for tickets that some Toy Show fans were targeted by text fraudsters.
RTÉ bosses have told parents to ignore any text message that promises them tickets to the show.
Tubridy said people who wanted tickets had applied online for them.
“Our ticket person was saying that there was about a five-year waiting list for Toy Show tickets — the average Late Late Show will have 30,000 waiting for a response.”
However, adults can go to the show, if they are the parents or guardians of children performing on it.
All toys are donated to charity and Tubridy’s jumper will be auctioned in aid of the Society of St Vincent de Paul.
Just as The Late Late Toy Show is a cracker in every child’s (and many adult’s) Christmas countdown, the presenter’s jumper is also an integral ingredient.
Ryan Tubridy will tonight reveal which of three seasonal sweaters from Funky Christmas Jumpers he has decided to wear to present the iconic show.
One of the ho-ho- hopefuls appears to be distinctly more impish than elfish. Similar in colouration to the usual red, white and black Santa outfit, it diverts from the norm with a large “naughty” sign in the middle of the chest.
The other two are somewhat more traditional. A blue creation features red Christmas trees and lots of FCJs emblazoned on it (presumably standing for Funky Christmas Jumpers!).
The final option is a more laidback red cardigan also decorated with a Christmas tree motif.
The Tubridy 2FM Facebook page which carries images of the three jumpers has been inundated by members of the public offering the presenter advice on which is the best option.
All will be revealed amid a mountain of toys on tonight’s show.
— Stephen Rogers