AlDub First Date: Uncertainty Over Yaya Dub’s Car Crash Helps #ALDUBMostAwaitedDate Passes 10 Million Tweets

AlDub somehow managed to top expectations on Saturday, with the first date between Alden and Yaya Dub on the popular Eat Bulaga segment smashing viewer and social media records.

Saturday’s episode of the noontime show gave fans what they have been waiting for over the last several weeks, the first real date between the long-distance lovers. The episode came with high anticipation, and some unexpected drama at the conclusion helped crushed the show’s goal of 10 million tweets.

In fact, the hashtag #ALDUBMostAwaitedDate already topped the 5 million tweet mark before the show even aired on Saturday, Inquirer noted. It passed the 10 million mark shortly after the show ended and continued on throughout the day.

The episode broke a mark set earlier in the summer by Eat Bulaga. In August, the show’s #AlDubMaiDenHeaven hit more than 3.5 million tweets, and the second-ever meeting between Alden and Yaya Dub nearly doubled that. The hashtag #ALDUBTheAbduction hit 6.35 million tweets last week.

Eat Bulaga built up Saturday’s date throughout the week, showing the watchful Lila Nidora (Wally Bayola) give Yaya Dub four cupcakes with the letters D T A and E. She re-arranged them to spell “DATE,” sending the audience and fans across the world into hysterics.

AlDub fans got to see the buildup to the date itself.

“Before the actual date, Alden went up to Maine’s parents, who were present at the studio,” Rappler noted. “He sought their blessing, which both readily gave. Alden was helped by Eat Bulaga co-hosts Allan K and Ruby Rodriguez in preparing for the moment.”

The show also shared much of their preparations on Twitter.

But Eat Bulaga also found a way to keep fans hanging, ending on a cliffhanger. Rappler explained.

“The date was cut short though, after an alarm rang, reminding Yaya that she had to go and give Lola her medicine. Yaya Dub rushed out, but the screech of tires was heard soon after, leading the audience to believe at Yaya was hurt in a car crash at the end of the episode.”

The AlDub first date and the uncertain ending ensured that Eat Bulaga will keep fans hooked, though some are wondering just how long the drama can play out before fans grow tired of the constant twists and turns. Judging by the reactions on Twitter, that isn’t happening anytime soon.

[Image via Facebook/Eat Bulaga]