One million tune in to Late Late Toy Show

One million tune in to Late Late Toy Show
Host Ryan Tubridy pictured performing 'The Greatest Show' for the opening of The Late Late Toy Show 2018. Picture Andres Poveda

OVER 1 million people tuned into the Late Late Toy Show last night to witness a 'Greatest Showman' themed extravaganza.

Host Ryan Tubridy took to his role as ringmaster with gusto, sporting a waistcoat, top hat, cane and some pointy polished shoes.

Rebel Brass Jazz group from Cork City; Raw Rascals hip hop dancers from Dublin, Ava Maher from Tullamore, Co. Offaly; Alison McGrath from Ballina, Co. Mayo; Aleah Lennon from Clondalkin, Dublin and Ethan O'Connor from Knocklyon, Dublin on The Late Late Toy Show 2018. Picture Andres Poveda / RTE
Rebel Brass Jazz group from Cork City; Raw Rascals hip hop dancers from Dublin, Ava Maher from Tullamore, Co. Offaly; Alison McGrath from Ballina, Co. Mayo; Aleah Lennon from Clondalkin, Dublin and Ethan O'Connor from Knocklyon, Dublin on The Late Late Toy Show 2018. Picture Andres Poveda / RTE

The host of the night even showed off his set of lungs with his own vocal during the opening number which set the tone for what was to come.

The show included the usual mix of toys, giveaways, and song and dance numbers to remember.

There was a distinctly Leeside flavour to proceedings, as always.

Conall McCarthy from Glandore, Co.Cork on The Late Late Toy Show 2018. Picture Andres Poveda / RTE
Conall McCarthy from Glandore, Co.Cork on The Late Late Toy Show 2018. Picture Andres Poveda / RTE

Glandore brother Jerome (10), Conall (8) and Donagh (5) McCarthy impressed the host. Eldest brother Jerome had built a replica of Dublin's GPO entirely out of Lego. The task took him some 40 hours, he estimated.

An Post were so impressed that they invited the whole family back to Dublin to go behind the scenes at a historical exhibition on the structure and even asked to include Jerome's replica as an exhibit.

Not to be outdone, Conall and Donagh took the chance to show off their hurling skills with Ryan.

Gearóid Kelleher and his 'quadcrasher' pictured at home before taking part in last night's Late Late Toy Show.
Gearóid Kelleher and his 'quadcrasher' pictured at home before taking part in last night's Late Late Toy Show.

Elsewhere, Gearóid Kelleher and his 'quadcrasher' impressed in the ride-on section.

The student from Gaelscoil Uí Drisceoil in Glanmire showed off his converted wheelchair, inspired by video game 'Fortnite.'

Michael (8) and Peter (6) O'Donovan also took part in the ride-on section, while the Rebel Brass Band added a classy jazz flavour to the event, showing off their skills as part of a rendition of the viral hit 'Baby Shark.'

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