This year’s Late Late Toy Show moves from Oz to winter wonderland and vice versa.
CEO Ryan Tubridy revealed yesterday that The Wizard of Oz will be the theme of this year’s show but it will also focus on the meaning of Christmas.
About 200 child actors and toy testers participated this year, of which the youngest was only 4 years old.
The annual special opens with Tubridy driving a Dublin Bus down the “Yellow Brick Road”, before he and his followers are transported to a magical land.
Dorothy, Toto, Ryan ‘the Scarecrow’ Tubridy and the rest of the ‘Merry old land of Oz’ singers kicked things off with a series of songs from the cinematic classic.
“This is what happens when the pandemic ends,” Tubridy said. “Welcome one and all.”
Lucy from Galway was the first toy tester this year. Lucy said her three brothers are “loud but I still love them”, and her parents are expecting a new baby boy, which they plan to name “Leo”.
Lucy seemed very comfortable on stage and even sang Taylor Swift’s “Shake it off”.
Kildare’s Billy Brady (7) explained to Ryan that his mullet is “business in the front and party in the back”, and he even gave his barber Denise a plug .
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Kilcullen said his favorite thing to buy at the local Centra is “toasted pasta” and that even his mother is “not the same”. Billy plans to follow in his aunt’s footsteps and become a “Garda” when he gets older, so he can “catch people”. Honorary Toy Show officer, drove to find “Mac’n’Cheese” in his junior team’s car.
Cealan, a Liverpool fan, from Dublin, said he wants to play for the ‘Reds’ and Ireland when he’s older and if not, he’d accept to be a teacher.
He made a big surprise when Liverpool goalkeeper Caoimhin kelleher emerged from the outside handing him goalie gloves, a signed shirt from the entire Liverpool team, and a ride for him. and family to Anfield.
Cealan said Caoimhin was “the best goal in my opinion” and he was “swooned” with “too many” awards.
At that time, 6-year-old aviation enthusiast, Aron from Mayo burst onto the stage and said: “Welcome back Ryan… Flying is great.”
As “a good pilot” Aron was rewarded with a trip to Dublin Airport, where he would have VIP access and become a pilot of the day.
Saoibh (10) from Co Waterford tells of the brace she wears after a procedure to keep her back straight.
Saoibh, who “knows all her hospitals,” said she has made friends in care centers around the country, including a nurse she calls “troublemaker Cora,” who She used to shoot with a water gun.
Saoibh wrote a song for everyone in St Gabriel’s Ward, on Temple Street, and she wowed the crowd with a song about all the people who helped her.
“You will always be a rain rainbow to me,” she sings.
Her friends Jack and Ellie Mai surprised Saoibh, saying their favorite time in the hospital was eating “McDonald and chocolate donuts”.
Three friends surprise with a five-night Disneyland Paris tour.
“Did you know about this,” Saoibh asked Ellie Mai. “Jack made friends,” she added.
Meanwhile, “best friends” of four years, Jeremiah and Jane from Waterford, say they stick together because of their love for superheroes.
Halfway through, the show moves outside the studio building, where Montrose has been transformed into an idyllic winter wonderland with beautifully decorated Christmas trees.
Tubridy emerged from one of the trees and, in the midst of throwing snowballs at the talent, he joined the performers of the Spotlight theater school in a vibrant rendition of the Christmas classic, ‘Let it Snow’.
Caitriona (10 years old) from Dublin shared a special message about what it’s like to live with autism.
Caitriona made a big surprise when Harry Potter star Emma Watson recorded a special message for her.
Watson said she wanted to thank Caitriona “for what you do to spread awareness about autism”.
“And for speaking about it so eloquently and in a way that empowers and educates other young people. Thanks for choosing me as your favorite Harry Potter character. You seem like a special and wonderful young person. I heard you can make a cube in super fast time and your dog just gave birth to 14 puppies.
“I send you all the best, a warm greeting and thanks from London,” she added.
Caitriona said tomorrow she’s “going to see a Harry Potter movie”. She tells everyone about her “ability”.
“I have autism,” she said. “And I want to say a message to the kids out there, if you’re someone who has a nervous breakdown or just feels different or doesn’t feel right, I just want to say that you are very, very special. You are amazing, and you just have to give your best and you can do it.”
Following Caitriona was “The Cuckoo’s Nest”, which included her grandmother Maureen Codd of Wexford and her 14 grandchildren, whom she taught to play traditional music.
Molly from Limerick and her friend Anatasia, from Ukraine, met when Anatasia moved into her house earlier this year.
Anatasia impressed with her Irish speaking skills, before both Molly’s children and siblings were given Munster rugby jerseys and game tickets.
Emmie (12) from Dublin entertained the audience with her stand-up routine and the football fan was rewarded with a visit by the Ireland Women’s team, which included captain Katie McCabe.
Team Ireland is heading to the World Cup in Australia and the Toy Show is sending Emmie and her family along.
As has been a customer for the past three years, the Late Late Show is once again running a Toy Show Appeal this year.
The appeal was inspired by Galway national school student Saoirse Ruane and this is the second time the program has partnered with the banking app Revolut. Donations can be made through the “My Hub” section of the app, and this year, 3 million euros were raised that night, with more donations to come.
The appeal has raised almost 20 million euros over the past three years.
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