The hunt for the most in-demand tickets in town has kicked off, as applications to be part of The Late Late Toy Show audience are now open.
The Late Late Toy Show regional auditions came to a close earlier this week, and host Ryan Tubridy launched the application process for tickets today. Last year there were more than 140,000 applications to be in the audience for Ireland’s most popular television event.
“I cannot begin to tell you how excited I am for this year’s Toy Show. I want to wish everyone the very best of luck, and who knows, I could be seeing you on the 30th of November for the most magical night of the year,” host Ryan Tubridy said.
This year’s Late Late Toy Show airs on RTÉ One on Friday, 30 November, and the theme continues to be a closely-guarded secret.
Applications for Toy Show tickets are processed separately to applications for tickets to the regular Late Late and each year the application process starts anew. So, even if you have applied for Toy Show tickets before or are already in the running for seats at the main show, to be in with a chance to get tickets to this year’s Toy Show, you must apply separately by going to https://www.rte.ie/latelate. Only applications made through this website will be entered into the draw.
Tickets are issued in a random lottery and those lucky enough to secure a seat will be notified closer to broadcast.
Last year Ryan Tubridy revealed that he gets requests for tickets even when he is on holidays all over the world.
“I was abroad over the summer… and I’ve been shouted at across streets in countries that I didn’t think had any interest in Ireland or Irish people.
“But sure enough you hear ‘Tubs any chance of tickets for the Toy Show’ and you’re going ‘Mamma Mia!’” he told VIP.
“In New York, Fifth Avenue and [I get] ‘please can I get tickets for the Toy Show’.
“I was in Macy’s, coming up the escalator and there were people going ‘Jesus, It’s Tubridy, would you have two tickets for the show…’ and you’re thinking ‘what are you doing here, I’m just buying a jumper for god sake’”
“When I go to Supervalu to shop, they emerge from like, washing powder, dusting it off, going ‘any chance?’”
He admitted that he even keeps a low profile in the run-up to the show to avoid being asked for tickets.
He added: “There is a mania about the tickets.
“They are everywhere, so I tend to go quite low key for the few days before the Toy Show, like disappear.”