Loved up


The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - FRONT PAGE - PLEASE MARRY MY BOY

ADA Ni­code­mou loves be­ing in love.

And all she wants to do is make sure all her friends get to ex­pe­ri­ence the same feel­ing.

‘‘I think ev­ery­one does want to be in love,’’ she says. ‘‘I think there is a spe­cial per­son out there for ev­ery­one. I do try re­ally hard to match-make my friends.

‘‘I can’t say I have had any suc­cess sto­ries but it is a work in progress.’’

As the host of the sec­ond sea­son of re­al­ity/dat­ing show Please Marry My

Boy, Ni­code­mou (pic­tured) gets to see first­hand just how hard it is to find the per­fect match.

The Chan­nel 7 se­ries, which fea­tures men’s mother’s in­volved in help­ing their sons find 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 – a woman should al­ways be re­spect­ful,’’ she says.

‘‘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 her hus­band Chrys Xipoli­tas for more than six years, says she ap­pre­ci­ates there is a lot of pres­sure on women to multi-date and give ev­ery­thing up when they aren’t in a com­mit­ted re­la­tion­ship while try­ing to find a part­ner.

But she be­lieves women should never lose re­spect for them­selves.

‘‘I think that how­ever things are chang­ing out there in the world, why can’t you still be a gen­tle­man and a lady? It’s all about self-re­spect,’’ she says. ‘‘And 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.

‘‘If some­one is see­ing other peo­ple at the same time as you, isn’t that about self-re­spect, you al­low­ing that per­son to see other peo­ple at the same time as you?’’

Ni­code­mou has a right to speak with some au­thor­ity on the sub­ject of what makes ro­mance blos­som hav­ing fronted up last year’s se­ries.

She says Please Marry My Boy this time around is all about be­ing real. All the women were thor­oughly vet­ted to make sure they could make the po­ten­tial per­fect part­ner for the men on the pro­gram and weren’t just court­ing a tele­vi­sion pro­file. ‘‘I think view­ers are re­ally smart th­ese days and they know when some­thing is a gim­mick and some­thing is real,’’ she says. ‘‘We have watched way too much re­al­ity tele­vi­sion; we’re all clued on to it.

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

‘‘You are gen­uinely in­sulted when some­one tries to make out it isn’t what it is.’’

The show’s first sea­son con­sis­tently rated above the aver­age mil­lion-viewer mark – its com­bi­na­tion of to­tal cringe mo­ments and en­dear­ingly awkward were a hit with re­al­ity view­ers.

‘‘I think view­ers are re­ally smart th­ese days and they know

when some­thing is a gim­mick and some­thing

is real’’

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