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Sunday 22 September 2019

'Imagine the Toy Show set in Copper Face Jacks and you’re not even halfway there' - best reactions from the Late Late Show's Valentine's special

Ryan Tubridy. Photo: RTE
Ryan Tubridy. Photo: RTE
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The Late Late Show came over all lovey-dovey last night as they celebrated Valentine's Day with a special show that saw one couple get engaged live on air.

James Hennessy (28) proposed to his partner Siobhan Hiney (23) during a fake game of 'Mr and Mrs', getting down on one knee before a visibly shocked Siobhan finally said 'yes'.

Her response was met by a rapturous rendition of 'Olé Olé Olé' by 200 singletons in the audience.

The exchange prompted a barrage of Tweets from viewers who seemed to enjoy the raucous behaviour of the audience, despite joking that there was 'a bang of rag week' in the air.

'Where did you meet your husband?' 'Oh, he was shouting Ole Ole Ole on the set of the #LateLate, and banging his feet off-beat on the seats. I just knew.', tweeted one viewers, while another commented that "There’s an awful Bang of rag week off the #LateLateShow audience this week."

"In fairness what girl wouldn't want a crowd of drunken strangers chanting Ole Ole as she gets engaged..." remarked another viewer.

"Yeah this'll be a great idea, get a load of single guys and girls as the audience for a talk show, fill them with drink! What could possibly go wrong?' Tweeted newlywed Vinny May from Kodaline, who tied the knot with his partner Carina in Lough Rynn last summer.

While there were high spirits on set, the night may have got to one singleton, namely 'Colm from Dungarvan', who uttered some expletives live on air in his pursuit for love.

When asked how long he has been single by host Ryan Tubridy, a member of the audience shouted "400 years."

Things soon got worse for poor Colm as his mother was brought on stage to help him find a date for the night, Blind Date style.

Tweeting about the show, presenter Maia Dunphy said "Lads, the @RTELateLateShow Valentine’s special is on. Imagine the Toy Show set in @CopperFaceJacks and you’re not even halfway there."

Doireann Garrihy was a guest on the show, and revealed what she thought about the dating scene for Irish women.

"Don't have the smell of want off you," she said was the advice of her sisters.

"There's online dating, people get it at the tap of a finger," she said, in a comment that was met by a 'whoop' from a couple of audience members.

"It's not all that grim," she added before telling host Ryan Tubridy "I'm actually very alone."

See the full show by watching back on RTE player now.

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