TV3 apologises to school choir denied Toy Show role due to 'technical error'
TV3 has issued an apology to children from a Dublin school choir who were left disappointed after their performance was cut from the Toy Show Teaser.
Pupils from St Cronan's Senior National School in Swords waited to sing on Friday night, but their slot was cut by producers.
Parents were upset by the decision to axe the 49 kids, who have previously performed at the National Concert Hall.
They had organised a backing track for their performance on the night and, when this was not played, one of the teachers realised they had been cut.
Despite the cameras stopping rolling, the children sang in the studio anyway.
A spokesperson for TV3 said the children have been invited to perform on an upcoming episode of The Six O'Clock Show as an alternative. "It's really unfortunate, it was a technical error and we obviously felt very disappointed," the spokesperson said.
While The Late Late Toy Show enjoyed an average audience of 1.4m viewers, TV3's Toy Show Teaser averaged 178,000 for its 30-minute slot.
This year's show was marketed as a build-up to RTE's Toy Show, in contrast to the previous two years, where it was a standalone programme.