With retailers flogging selection boxes in September and department stores unveiling their festive windows in October, it can be fairly easy to assume a Grinch-like attitude when it comes to Christmas.
The older you get the earlier it seems to start, but if there’s one thing that can capture the magic of a childhood Christmas, it’s the Late Late Toy Show.
An Irish institution, the chatshow’s nod to the magic of Yuletide is the one thing that ALWAYS gets the ball rolling for us.
And according to the good folk behind the RTÉ extravaganza, this year’s is set to be the best yet with the Toy Show team already travelling the highways and byways of Ireland in search of the country’s best young performers.
And if that wasn’t enough to reel you in, there’s also whisperings that the more creative among us have been gong hell for leather creating a spectacular opening number.
“This year’s opening number is the most ambitious we have ever staged,” said Late Late Toy Show producer Katherine Drohan
“More than 60 students from IADT Dun Laoghaire are working on special pieces to feature in the opening of the show. Sworn to secrecy, these students have been working tirelessly on the project for weeks now.”
And if we sound excited, we’ve nothing on a certain Mr Tubridy who is ony dying to get stuck in.
“I am tremendously excited to be taking the show on the road again. We did this for the first time last year and we uncovered some hidden gems that we really wouldn’t have discovered had we not taken the Toy Show to them.”
“Their contribution to last year’s show was immense. There is so much untapped talent in this country and I’m really looking forward to getting out there and finding it,” he added.
Auditions will take place at The Imperial Hotel in Cork on October 24, The Ardilaun Hotel in Galway on October 25 and Ballymascanlon House Hotel in Dundalk on October 26.
Oh my God ladies, it’s actually happening!