This girl's brilliant TV interview melted the hearts of everyone watching


For many children across Wales, this May half term has marked the week of this year's Urdd Eisteddfod in Meifod, Powys. The cultural festival sees children and young people from the ages of eight to 25 compete in the arts and literature competition, as thousands of people across Wales come together to celebrate the Welsh language, culture and talent.

For 10-year-old Ruby Davies from Ysgol Gynradd Swiss Valley in Llanelli, it was an Eisteddfod like no other as she became the winner of the individual recitation competition for Year 5 and 6 Welsh learners. An interview between young Ruby and Welsh presenter Mari Lovgreen has melted the hearts of many people - both at the Eisteddfod and on social media.

Nineteen competitors had reached the national level in this competition, with Ruby coming out on top after impressing the judges. After finding out that she had won the competition, Ruby was interviewed by Mari in front of a crowd of people, which included some of her family members. Young Ruby could hardly contain her excitement.

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"I'm so happy," she said. The presenter then congratulated the young star in Welsh. Ruby continued: "I love performing as well". Mari replied: "Well, you're very good at it". In response, Ruby agreed and said: "Yes, I am", which received some cheers and laughter from the crowd. For the latest TV & Showbiz news, sign up to our newsletter.

Mari then said in Welsh: "Y gorau yng Nghymru i gyd!", which left young Ruby a little confused. "I don't know what you're saying," she told the presenter. After she found out what the presenter had said however, the 10-year-old agreed that she was "the best in all of Wales".

"And who has helped you on your journey to the top?" Mari asked. In response, Ruby explained that it was Miss Nicholson, Miss Davies, her "mami" and her dad, who were all at the front of the crowd. "Is dad enjoying himself in the Eisteddfod?" Mari asked.

"Well, not the mud parts," Ruby explained. "And the queuing." Mari then asked: "What would you like to do for the rest of the day? Because I think you can ask for anything now that you've won." It seemed that Ruby was feeling a bit adventurous following her win and said: "Go on the bungee jumping", which received a "thumbs up" from her dad.

On social media, many praised Ruby for her performance on stage and her interview with Mari Lovgreen, with some describing her a "little legend" while another called her a "gold star". Ruby is one of many that have competed during this year's Eisteddfod yr Urdd.

According to the BBC, Urdd's organisers say more than 100,000 people have registered to compete, which is the highest number in the event's history. The festival is organised by Urdd Gobaith Cymru, which is Wales’ largest youth movement and celebrated its 100th birthday in 2022.