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Just one viewer complained about singleton Dean's appearance on Late Late Show Valentine's Special

Published 17/02/2016 | 10:21

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

One viewer complained to RTE about Dean Dixon's appearance on the Late Late Show Valentine's special.

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Enthusiastic Dean (25), a singleton from Coolock, was a massive hit with the audience and viewers on the show's one-night only version of Blind Date.

Speaking on Breakfast Republic on 2fm on Monday, however, he admitted he had "had a few drinks" before the show and "embraced it".

He said, "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?'"

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

He added that he had "probably made a show of myself".

The lively Valentine's Special was the most-watched Late Late of the year so far with more than 612,000 people tuning in to watch an audience of 200 singletons taking part in games, kiss cams and power ballads.

However, one viewer was unimpressed by Dean's appearance. 

Speaking to the Irish Mirror, Jason Lee said he complained over the "obvious use of an intoxicated guest on the show last Friday."

Lee said he felt that producers allowing Dean to appear was "not appropriate for the guest himself."

RTE has confirmed they received one formal complaint while ten viewers called in to offer feedback on the show.

"To put that in context, The Late Late Show Valentine's Special attracted an average audience of 612,100 viewers representing a 46 per cent share of the available audience and 1.2 million people tuned into the show for a minute or more over the course of the night.," said a spokesperson for RTE.

"In relation to formal complaints, RTÉ will respond to the complainant within 20 working days. We cannot comment further."

Speaking on Monday about the general respons to the show, executive producer Larry Marster said, “Friday night’s show was great craic and the response we have had, especially from younger viewers has been phenomenal."

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