It's that time of the year again when over 200 singletons put their hopeful hearts in Ryan Tubridy's hands for The Late Late Show Valentine's Special.

Assisting Ryan in the unpredictable quest of pairing up audience members will be a cast that includes former Wet Wet Wet front-man Marti Pellow, the voice behind love songs such as his band's cover version of Love Is All Around

Also in studio to provide the right loved-up atmosphere will be nineties heart throb Chesney Hawkes, whose biggest hit was The One and Only

Ryan reckons that his favourite thing about the yearly special is just how unpredictable it is.

"It's probably the most bonkers show in The Late Late Show calendar... but at the heart of it, we have people coming here looking to find love and we are ready and willing to assist. It's a show that brings out the wild in people... tune in, anything could happen!"

Marti Pellow

Also on Friday's show, Mrs Brown's Boys star Eilish O'Carroll and her partner Marion O'Sullivan will be among the couples joining Ryan for a special segment entitled Love Will Find A Way.

Audience members facing dilemmas in their love lives will also be catered for, with a panel of specialist agony aunts (and uncles) providing some no-nonsense assistance.

Former TD Mary O'Rourke will be joined by Pat Spillane and Sharon Higgins to give their "Agony OAP" life advice to Millennials in distress.

The three-chair challenge also returns, sending some audience members on a romantic and luxurious date . . . to The Late Late Show green room.

The Late Late Show Valentine's Special, Friday at 9.35pm, RTÉ One