At just 12 years of age Longford’s Jack Oates has captured the hearts of national television bosses and in doing so, has secured his spot in this year’s ‘Late Late Toy Show’. The programme, which is to be broadcast this Friday, November 30, will see Jack sing a song – the title and format of which is yet to be publicly revealed.
“I saw on the ‘Late Late Show’ an invitation to send in a video if I wanted to be on the Toy Show this year,” said Jack speaking to the Leader.
He added: “I sent in two video clips of me singing. One was Jason Mraz ‘I’m Yours’, and the other was Ollie Murs ‘Dance With Me’”.
Jack’s performances earned him a place at the Toy Show auditions and from there the St. Eimear’s sixth-class pupil went on to secure his spot on one of the nation’s most popular television programmes.
Looking forward to Friday’s show, Jack said: “I’m not really nervous. I’ve been on stage a lot of times. I’m really looking forward to meeting Ryan Tubridy.”
A member of Longford-based Evolution Stage School, Jack has performed in three shows with the school. He was also a member of St. Mel’s Musical Society’s 2011 production ‘Carousel’, and previously performed in a number of the town’s variety shows.
A son of Jackie and Paula, Ardnacassa, Jack has had an avid interest in music and acting from an early age – a trait he shares with his older siblings Andrea, Alison and Amy.
“Andrea (now 18) was with St. Mel’s Musical Society where she played the leading role of Annie years ago,” said Jack.
He added: “She was also on the Toy Show 11 years ago presenting toys.”
On foot of rehearsals at Liffey Trust Studio last weekend, Jack will return to the capital tomorrow (Thursday) for a dress rehearsal before final rehearsals on Friday morning.
“I’m looking forward to Friday as we’re going to be on the set of the Toy Show then,” said Jack.
Jack, who plays guitar, piano and tin whistle, enjoys many kinds of music including: Ollie Murs, Green Day and Michael Buble. The young Longford man is also a lover of sports and enjoys hurling, Gaelic football and golf.
Despite this interest in sport, Jack’s first love is music and acting.
“I’d like to write songs and go on X Factor,” said Jack, who is a member of the National Children’s Choir and a recipient of the High Achievers Award from the Royal Irish Academy.