Crystal Swing: 'the studio audience was won over by them' says Tubridy

The Late Late Show host Ryan Tubridy has credited internet sensation Crystal Swing as one of his most memorable guests after six months at the helm of RTÉ's flagship programme.

Tubridy said the family band from Cork have won over the hearts of the nation with their clean-cut style after they appeared on the show earlier this month.

"They are just phenomenal. There was a bit of cynicism in the beginning but our studio audience was totally won over by them. In a recession there is always a return to basics, and they are a very believable, clean-cut and talented family."

Tubridy said he has "no regrets" about his first six months in the presenter's chair.

"I have no regrets in terms of any interview I have done, from Brian Cowen onwards. I won't be pandering to anyone else's expectations and never have done.

"I never set out to be different, I wanted to be true to myself and be who I am. It was my aim going in to deliver quality TV and that's what I am trying to do. The real aim is to ask the questions that some people are afraid to ask and not be afraid of what the response might be."

Tubridy said he will remain in the hot seat as long as the public do not get bored of him.

"It is not even my choice as such. As soon as the public get bored of me I will be gone. The plans, however, at the moment are to start another season in September.

"The Late Late Show is an institution all of its own. It doesn't belong to me, and when the time comes I will pass it along to the next person."

Meanwhile, he has said he is now almost finished his eagerly anticipated book on JFK's visit to Ireland.

"The book is grand, better than grand. I am wrapping it up now and it is only a matter of weeks until is completely finished. I now have a huge amount of respect for writers and the amount of work they have to put in," he said.