There is only room in the studio for an audience of around 200 but so far the number of applications for tickets to RTE’s Late Late Toy Show have exceeded 90,000.

The application process opened last Friday and the show itself will air on RTÉ One on Friday November 29.

“We are gobsmacked by the response this year, it just gets bigger and bigger, everyone seems to want to be there,” said host Ryan Tubridy.

“I think it’s also in response to how warm and kind and inclusive the show is…people want a piece of that pie and I don’t blame them, it’s the most wonderful cauldron to be in and the most wonderful time of the year.”

The Late Late Show has been enjoying a clear run of ratings successes since it returned for a new season in September.

Last Friday’s episode of the show, which saw guests including the cast of Mrs Brown’s Boys, Jamie Heaslip and John Bercow, had a reach of 996,000 viewers, with an average share of 47% of TV viewers tuning in.

Over 5,000 acts from all across Ireland have applied for the chance to appear on the show. On Monday next, October 21, a selection of those acts, whittled down by the Toy Show team, will travel to Cork to audition.

Further auditions for selected hopefuls will be also held in Dublin next week.

The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 will be broadcast live from Cork city next Monday morning.

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