At some point in the near future, there's going to have to be some kind of sociological and psychological study done on those who'd willingly volunteer for the Late Late Valentine Special.
It's not like the first couple of episodes where there was a chance, maybe a chance, that the whole thing could turn around. It's different now. Everybody knows it's a mess. And yet, the Late Late Valentine Special has entered the public lexicon in the same way as the Toy Show.
In the middle of all this madness, you had Kenneth Branagh on desperately trying to plug his wonderful Shakespeare biopic, 'All Is True', to a crowd of randy twenty-somethings. You had ultra-Brit Spencer Matthews in the middle of the worst diplomatic crisis between Ireland and the United Kingdom since The Troubles.
You've got to imagine that the producers on the Late Late Show aren't so much ignoring good taste as they are wilfully embracing the tackiness of it all. You don't just book Whigfield and Mickey Joe Harte without considering the implications of it. It's the same with plying the audience with alcohol, as well.
Quite honestly, it was a shitshow. But a gloriously delivered one, because you just know they're making sure it is. How can they not? Here's the reaction on Twitter.
— Niall Fitzmaurice (@nfitzm) February 8, 2019
1. Denoting or relating to products, services, or interests that appeal to a small, specialized section of the population#LateLateShow #LateLateValentineSpecial pic.twitter.com/GcxVFyO0db
— Myth Addict (@MythAddict) February 8, 2019
— Niamhers (@niamhhassell) February 8, 2019
— Shane Gubbins (@Better_Call_Gub) February 8, 2019
My favourite audience members on the #LateLateValentineSpecial are the ones who take part in absolutely nothing and just sit there looking completely Deirdre Barlowed for the entire show.
Won't make coppers - be lucky to make the jacks before a commercial break. #LateLateShow
— Dara Brady (@darabrady8) February 8, 2019