Look­ing for love

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ADA Ni­code­mou loves be­ing in love. And all she wants is make sure all her friends are able to ex­pe­ri­ence the same feel­ing.

“I think ev­ery­one does want to be in love. I think there is a spe­cial per­son out there for ev­ery­one. I do try re­ally hard to match­make my friends. I can’t say I have had any suc­cess sto­ries but it is a work in progress,” Ni­code­mou said.

As the host of the sec­ond sea­son of re­al­ity- dat­ing show Please Marry My Boy, Ada sees fi rst- hand just how hard it is to fi nd the per­fect match.

The Seven Net­work se­ries – which sees mothers get in­volved in help­ing their sons fi nd a po­ten­tial life part­ner – is tra­di­tional in its ap­proach, which is some­thing the Home

and Away star ap­proves of. “I have al­ways been of the be­lief a man should chase a woman and a woman should al­ways be re­spect­ful,” she said.

“I’m a very strong woman and I know what I want but I am not go­ing to ask a man out on a date, a man should ask me out on a date.”

Ni­code­mou, who has been mar­ried to Chrys Xipoli­tas for more than six years, said she ap­pre­ci­ates there is a lot of pres­sure on women when they aren’t in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship to multi- date and give ev­ery­thing up while try­ing to fi nd a part­ner.

But she be­lieves women should never lose re­spect for them­selves.

“I think how­ever things are chang­ing out there in the world, why can’t you still be a gen­tle­man and a lady? I won’t be bring­ing my chil­dren up like that, it’s all about sel­f­re­spect,” she said.

“I think we should be teach­ing that and I think a man re­spects that.

“I think men who want to get mar­ried will seek out that type of girl and I think all girls, in their heart, want to be swept away,” she said.

“If some­one is see­ing other peo­ple at the same time as you, isn’t that about sel­f­re­spect, you al­low­ing that per­son to see other peo­ple at the same time as you?”

Ni­code­mou speaks with some au­thor­ity on the sub­ject of what makes ro­mance blos­som, hav­ing pre­sented last year’s se­ries. She said this sea­son of Please Marry My

Boy is all about be­ing real. The women were thor­oughly vet­ted to make sure they could make a po­ten­tial per­fect part­ner for the men on the pro­gram and aren’t just court­ing a tele­vi­sion profi le.

“I think view­ers are re­ally smart th­ese days and they know when some­thing is a gim­mick and some­thing is real,” she said.

“We have watched way too much re­al­ity tele­vi­sion; we’re all clued onto it.

“You want to be in­vested in the story; you want them to gen­uinely want love and re­alise they aren’t just do­ing it for TV.

“View­ers are gen­uinely in­sulted when some­one tries to make out it isn’t what it is.”

This sea­son the num­ber of men look­ing for love is down to three, with more time de­voted to get­ting to know the con­tes­tants.

“You get to know the fam­i­lies bet­ter and you can stay with the same house for longer. It feels a lot more re­al­is­tic,” Ni­code­mou said.

“It is defi nitely a lot warmer and it is nice to be work­ing on some­thing and watch­ing it as a viewer as I get to [ nar­rate] all the episodes. There are no car crashes and no peo­ple dy­ing, nor is it trashy or peo­ple bag­ging other peo­ple. It is just all about love.”

This year’s trio of lovelorn blokes in­cludes model Nathan Se­comb, whose mother Doreen has staunch Chris­tian be­liefs. Then there’s Carlo Cimino, 41, look­ing for “the one” with the help of Ital­ian mum Maria.

Fi­nally, there’s Brad King, whose mother Mar­garet’s acidic one- lin­ers are all meant with a kind heart.

As episode three looms on Thurs­day, the cracks are start­ing to ap­pear. The women have al­ready been se­cretly vet­ted by the men’s fa­thers on speed dates ( the dads posed as wait­ers) to fi nd out what the women re­ally thought of their boys.

The dads fea­ture again this week, un­set­tling the would- be brides fur­ther as the three mums try to dis­cover what they would be like around their po­ten­tial fu­ture grand­chil­dren. It’s as awkward as it is re­veal­ing. Ni­code­mou is just glad she doesn’t have to worry about the dat­ing game for a few years yet with her own son.

“Thank God I don’t have to worry about it now,” she said.

ZOE NAU­MAN PLEASE MARRY MY BOY South­ern Cross, Thurs­day, 8pm FLY­ING HIGH: Ada Ni­code­mou hosts Please Marry My Boy.

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