Battle of the toy shows begins

You wouldn’t get it in a Christmas panto...

Battle of the toy shows begins

Brian McFadden and Ryan Tubridy have begun to cross wooden swords in a TV Toy Show battle.

The former Westlife singer last night co-hosted TV3’s rival to the annual RTÉ event, with the help of singing siblings Jedward as Santa’s elves.

McFadden has been making a name for himself in television, presenting the ITV show Who’s Doing The Dishes? and Channel 5’s Stand By Your Man, as well as being a judge on Australia’s Got Talent.

Guests on the show which began at 8pm included David Rawle, who plays Martin Moone, and Ian O’Reilly, who plays Padraic, from the TV series Moone Boy.

TV3 also streamed the show online to cater for the Irish diaspora abroad. Co-hosted by a heavily pregnant Karen Koster, the Christmas Toy Show was the opening night of a nine-day event at the RDS in Dublin, running until November 30.

“I am actually due the baby around Christmas Day so this Christmas is extra special, and what better way to get all Christmassy than by hosting what is essentially 90 minutes of acting like you are eight years old all over again,” said Koster.

TV3 was taking no chances in case Christmas came early for her, enlisting the help of a midwife, who was on hand in the audience should she go into early labour.

McFadden sported a two-piece Christmas suit while Koster got to wear the seasonal pullover.

“We have both got the belly but how come you got the jumper?” McFadden joked while Edward teased: “We want to give a shout to Ryan Tubridy who might be watching.”

Meanwhile, RTÉ said the Late Late host has been inundated with hand-knitted jumpers from all over the country, as viewers responded to his request for a home made Christmas jumper for this year’s show.

Among them is one sent in by viewer Fionnuala Hayward from County Wicklow which features Ryan’s face.

“This jumper from Fionnuala is one of our favourites so far,” he said.

The Late Late Toy Show — which saw 100,000 people apply for audience tickets — is on next Friday, November 28.

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