Sunday 25 September 2016

'I made a show of myself!' - Late Late Show romantic Dean admits he'd had a few drinks before Valentine's Special

Published 15/02/2016 | 11:02

Amanda was gifted a gold card for Copper Face Jacks after her unsuccessful date on The Late Late Show
Amanda was gifted a gold card for Copper Face Jacks after her unsuccessful date on The Late Late Show

Dean Dixon, who caused a stir on Friday night's Late Late Show Valentine's special, has admitted he'd 'had a few' drinks before the show.

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The 25-year-old singleton, from Coolock, was a massive hit with the audience and viewers on the show's one-night only version of Blind Date.

After host Ryan Tubridy acted as Cilla Black, Dean managed to score a date with Kerry girl Amanda in RTE's green room.

However, later in the show Amanda appeared to have cooled somewhat and questioned whether she would go on the dinner date for two sponsored by RTE.

Dean, however, says he can't remember some of the evening.

"I woke up on Saturday morning and I looked at myself in the mirror and I turned on my phone and I'm not joking, I said, 'What have I done last night?'" he told Breakfast Republic on 2fm.

Dean scored a date with Kerry girl Amanda
Dean scored a date with Kerry girl Amanda

"Basically I was asked three questions, or two questions, I can't even remember, but I answered the questions well I think and I got selected but I probably made a show of myself in the process.

"It just went a bit mad. I said 'exotic' on national television, and 'enthusiastic'."

Dean added that he was feeling enthusiastic on the night and laughed, "I had a few drinks beforehand and embraced it."

Dean also told Amanda that he loved her and they were "going to be together" although Amanda had other ideas.

Also, during the blind date aspect of the show Dean attempted to tell a Knock Knock joke but didn't quite deliver.

"I kind of had it in my head and I was ready and then I was like oh no, what am I saying?" he explained.

"When you're on the Late Late you're in front of the camera and everybody in the crowd is looking down at you.  There's about 200 people there and it really does take over.  You kind of just look at it and go, here I have to just go for it."

Dean's parents were "thrilled" with his appearance despite the fact he said the f-word.

"Mam and dad have been absolutely thrilled about it," said Dean.  "They called me on Friday night and they're like, 'What's the story with the Late Late?' and the next day my mam rang me in work and said, 'Here Dean you're still trending all over Twitter.  What's going on?'"

Of the f-word utterance, Dean says he hasn't watched the entire show back.

"I can't hear my own voice on TV, especially looking at myself," he said.  "It's horrible.  So I'll save that for another day.  The second I said [the f-word] it just clicked, what have I done?"

Dean revealed he contacted Amanda on Sunday and apologised for "making a show" of her although he said it was all about having fun.

The Breakfast Republic crew have offered to help him find a date.  He said he looks for a "fun personality, someone who's outgoing, especially blondes."

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