Thursday 27 October 2016

The Late Late Show's Amanda says she'll meet blind date Dean again but he's in the 'friend zone'

Eimear Rabbitt

Published 18/02/2016 | 07:25

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 thought he had ruined his chances with her after having one too many on last weekend's The Late Late Show.

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But the Herald can reveal that blind date couple Dean Dixon and Amanda Murphy are still in touch and plan to meet up again in the near future.

Alas, it will just be for a "friend date", according to Kerry girl Amanda.

"Dean seems like a lovely guy and he contacted me the day after the show just to chat about how everything went," Amanda told the Herald.

"We will probably stay in touch and I'd love us to meet up again - as friends. I think he sounds like great craic."

While he may not be the one for her when it comes to romance, Amanda said it was not Dean's drunken antics that put her off.

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

His cheeky attitude saw Amanda choose him over two others, but when they returned from the green room later in the show, it appeared that things had not gone so well between them.

Dean later admitted he had "had a few drinks" before the show and "embraced it", but he was worried about how he had behaved when he woke up the next day.

"I think Dean thought he had embarrassed me on the show, but he didn't at all," Amanda said.

"We all had a couple of drinks and it was clear that Dean had one or two more, but I just put that down to excitement.

"You get so much adrenaline on live TV that it's a bit overwhelming, but we both just went with it. I have no regrets about going on the show and I had great craic," she added.

Recruitment worker Amanda (28) was given a gold card for Dublin nightclub Coppers and partied there following the show on Friday night.

The pretty blonde said she would love to do more live TV in the future and has not ruled out doing more dating shows.

But have Dean's antics put her off going out with another Dublin man in the future?

"Not at all," she said with a laugh. "I love a good sense of humour."

An average of more than 600,000 people tuned in to watch the Late Late Show Valentine's special - there was just one formal complaint over alcohol intake.

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