Late Late Toy Show auditions come to Cork

Late Late Toy Show auditions come to Cork
Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was Robert Keane and David O'Donnell from Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. Photo: Cathal Noonan
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Dancers, singers, musicians and magicians all landed in the Imperial Hotel on South Mall today, in a bid to impress Ryan Tubridy and his Toy Show team as the Cork auditions took place.

The performers invited to audition had been whittled down from over 5,000 applicants from all over the country who had sent their video entries to The Late Late Toy Show team.

Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was ukulele player Vivienne O'Brien. Photo: Cathal Noonan
Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was ukulele player Vivienne O'Brien. Photo: Cathal Noonan

Amid those vying for a place on the coveted annual show was singer Aoibe O'Sullivan accompanied by her family.

"I'm going to sing Anne-Marie's 2002.

"It would be an absolute dream for me to be on The Late Late Toy Show.

"We watch it every year and it would be incredible to perform at it," Aoibhe told The Echo.

Also in the waiting room was pianist Darrell Pyke, who had travelled from Shannon with his mum, Michelle and dad, Artie.

"It would mean everything to be on the Toy Show," Darrell said.

Pupils from fourth, fifth and sixth class in St Joseph's National School in Cork were donned in their finest Christmas jumpers, accompanied by their teacher, Chloe Long who said:

"It would just be incredible for the students to be on the show.

"I spent all weekend going around the city trying to find Santa hats!"

Whilst Ryan was tight-lipped about this year's Toy Show theme, he emphasized that kindness will be a key focus.

Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was Meabh Fitzgibbon from 'The Wispas' group. Photo: Cathal Noonan
Pictured at The Late Late Toy Show Auditions in Cork with host Ryan Tubridy was Meabh Fitzgibbon from 'The Wispas' group. Photo: Cathal Noonan

"We feel that kindness and generosity are two touchstones in Ireland that we want to highlight. 

"We’re going to have a few surprises along the way that are going to be kind to people - particularly people who need kindness now more than ever."

Ryan conveyed his excitement for the annual show saying:

"It all starts here - we always get such a fantastic welcome from the people of Cork and the talent that is on offer all over this country is just something to behold.

"There's a special feeling about the Toy Show this year, and we want everyone to be part of it in one way or another from the children here today and in Dublin later this week who have worked so hard for their auditions and who we are delighted to meet this week, to the children at home gearing up to watch on November 29... It may be October, but it's all about Christmas already."

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