Tonight's (Dec 1) Late Late Toy Show has well and truly got underway, as adults and kids across the country settle in front of the TV for the night to watch one of the most anticipated shows of the year.
Ryan Tubridy opened with lots of fishy innuendos to coincide with this year's The Little Mermaid theme - but he looked far from a fish out of water (sorry), as the show opened with the presenter dancing around dressed as the lobster Sebastian. The set has been fittingly transformed into an underwater wonderland and as ever, Tubridy looks like he's having as much craic as the kids are.
The official countdown to Christmas has began people!
— ❄️Shannon❄️ (@badrepmendes2x) December 1, 2017
It's that time of the year when Irish twitter gets absolutely LIT #latelatetoyshow
— Gill (@gillsher_) December 1, 2017
The audience are a sea of red and green and some viewers are delighted that others get to catch the show live.
— Graham O Toole (@graham_otoole) December 1, 2017
Anyone else fly into a blind rage when they see someone in the audience not having the absolute time of their lives?
— Rum Tum Tugger (@johndavidoc) December 1, 2017
— jj tynan (@spreadzer) December 1, 2017
Viewers had a lot to say about this year's theme.
They've managed to make The Little Mermaid look like a young ginger June Rogers #latelatetoyshow
— Ste (@Steomc85) December 1, 2017
While some got into the whole Disney vibe, others weren't sure what to make of it.
Want to watch the Little Mermaid now!! #LateLateToyShow
— Hal90 (@halligansinead) December 1, 2017
— Sonia Redmond Zhao (@SoniaRedZhao) December 1, 2017
— LucyFortune ☾ (@LucyFortuneLyne) December 1, 2017
Little Mermaid is one of my least favourite Disney movies. Where's all the appreciation for Hercules? #LateLateToyShow
— Paul McGrath (@paulpmcg) December 1, 2017
— Emer O' Sullivan (@msemerosullivan) December 1, 2017
Elsewhere, Mia Farrell's story about living in a crowded house sent viewers on an emotional rollercoaster and many praised Tubridy for drawing the country's attention to it.
Props to Ryan for highlighting the housing crisis instead of sweeping it under the carpet! It’s real and it’s happening #LateLateToyShow
— denise? (@_deniseodonnell) December 1, 2017
I wasn’t expecting to be shedding a tear watching the #LatelateToyShow but she’s such a beautiful child and no child deserves to be homeless.
— Shane Beatty (@ShaneBeattyKFM) December 1, 2017
Housing crisis highlighted on the #LateLateToyShow - if the housing minister needed a reason to get get the finger out, Mia just gave it to him.
— Adam Hewitt (@ahewitt2326) December 1, 2017
— Darren O'Keeffe (@Darren606) December 1, 2017
Naturally, everyone got all the feels when the presenter revealed the show are sending Mia and her family to Lego Land in Florida.
— Sarah Strange (@sarahstrangeirl) December 1, 2017
— Sinéad (@SineadFarrelly_) December 1, 2017
— Eoin Brosnan (@EoinBrosnan) December 1, 2017
— Lebrawyn James (@arianna_owens_) December 1, 2017
Mia ❤️ (I might be crying) #LateLateToyShow
— Mairead Ronan (@cocomairead) December 1, 2017
Oh my god, my heart. This is so lovely. Mia deserves this so much #LateLateToyShow
— rachel (@racheleustace) December 1, 2017
— Andrew Lane (@Andrew_AL98) December 1, 2017
This is the moment that had the nation on the verge of tears.
— The Late Late Show (@RTELateLateShow) December 1, 2017
While viewers got emotional hearing little Mia's story, others were getting great craic out of watching tonight's show in general.
— Hugh Mohan (@Mohawk_Mohan) December 1, 2017
— Kate O'Loughlin (@KateOLoughlinx) December 1, 2017
— S?M (@greeneggs_) December 1, 2017
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