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Television matchmakers usually have outgoing and overbearing personalities. That's what makes good TV, right? However, making good TV and actually engaging their services is another story.
No one is perfect, yet television matchmakers make it a point to focus in on what's wrong with their clients. There's nothing wrong with that, if you do it in the right way. However, television matchmakers' manners and what they call "help" is borderline crude and rude. Lets take a look at three television matchmakers.
Would You Want Steve Ward's Matchmaking Help?
Okay, he's cute. Alright, he's borderline hot. First impression, confident professional man who is smart and sophisticated. Then, Steve opens his mouth. Jeez, the ears bleed. A female client takes a real beating from him.
Steve Ward calls his insults and bullying tough love. What is remarkable is that if Steve is blunt and brazen on television can you imagine what he is like without any cameras?
Yes, he can be a ....rhymes with class, but he gets the job done. "Tough Love Couples" was his biggest success. All the couples, except for one, looking for his help had a better relationship after the show.
Steve Ward was pretty hot during the "Tough Love" series, but he needs to get back on the stick or tube in this case. Ward is being forgotten as two female matchmakers are burning up the screen.
Would You Want Tionna Smalls to Help You?
She is the least rudest on the list, but she can be crude with her assessments and questions sometimes. In one episode of "What Chilli Wants," Tionna asked a man if he would take a doo doo at a woman's house. Did Tionna really need to know that?
After the first season of "What Chilli Wants" Tionna was posting bad comments on Twitter about Chilli. In April 2010, rumors were flying about the two having beef. So much so that Tionna wasn't invited to the Atlanta viewing of "What Chilli Wants."
Some people are surprised that Tionna and Chilli are together again in "What Chilli Wants 2." Seriously, would you re-enlist the help of a matchmaker that talked about you like a dog on Twitter after they finished working for you?
Seasoned Television Matchmaker Patti Stanger
Patti Stanger is hot in the field of matchmaking right now. She is currently doing her fourth season on Bravo as the star of "The Millionaire Matchmaker." Patti is a third generation matchmaker and has a very high success rate. She is also the most successful television matchmaker because she has more seasons under her belt than Steve Ward's "Tough Love" series. Give credit where it is due, Patti definitely knows how to run a business. What about handling people?
Patti has a tough love mentality and a no nonsense personality . She comes off as impatient on television. There was a millionairess on "The Millionaire Matchmaker," named Robin Kassner, who owns Haute PR a public relations firm in New York. Robin is a plus size woman who said she was looking for love. Robin came off as superficial, clueless, and just plain desperate.
Robin told Patti that she wanted a Matt McConaughey look a like. Patti encouraged Robin to look at different types of guys. It was Patti who invited Luke, the golddigger, to Robin's mixer. Patti wanted to test Robin (it wasn't clear if Robin knew she was going to be tested). Guess what, Robin flunked and took the golddigger out on a date because he looked really hot. Patti was all up in arms, but she didn't try to stop Robin. For some reason, Patti thought a woman as clueless as Robin would learn a lesson from the date.
The date was pathetic. Robin was practically paying for Luke and he didn't even find her attractive. What was really crazy was that Robin planned to go out with him again.
Robin was pathetic and she needed help, not Patti throwing her hands up in the end and saying, "I can't deal with her." Patti could have nicely recommended a psychologist.
Something else that is troubling is that Patti doesn't seem to screen the millionaires as well as the potential dates for them. For instance, on an episode of "The Millionaire Matchmaker" we had the two creepy Ds. Doug was a sexaholic (and the team knew it in advanced) and David was a serial killer in the making. These millionaires were so icky that the girls at the mixer commented that they were glad they weren't picked to go out on dates with them.
Doug made his date instantly uncomfortable by taking her to a spa. A spa date is nice, but too intimate for a first date. Also, it was difficult for Doug to cut out his sexual innuendos.
David was a total creep ball. He took his date to Grand Central Market to pick out a dessert for their dinner, which they haven't eaten, yet. Then, David takes Ilene, his date, to a private dinner at New York Vintners. Under normal circumstances this would be great, but the menu was anything, but great. David arranged a menu of uni shooters (aka sea urchin) and duck embryo. As you can imagine, Ilene was absolutely disgusted and so was the audience. Even a person with a cast iron stomach couldn't eat that crap. However, creepy Dave loved it and was insulted that Ilene wouldn't try it. After Ilene was totally turned off, David started giving her creepy glares. Seriously, if they weren't out with a film crew, Ilene would have been scared to death.
Patti Stanger confronts David about his behavior, but he blamed Patti for not giving him a better girl. Patti flies off the handle (in this case no one blamed her) and kicked him out.
She shouldn't have let David in the club in the first place. He was sending out creepy vibes way before Patti agreed to give him a mixer. Ilene could have met a weirdo like him without help. It's a TV show that is meant for entertainment, but come on.
Would You Enlist the Services of the Listed Television Matchmakers?
Television matchmaking shows are edited, so audiences don't know what exactly goes on behind the scenes. Maybe these matchmakers are working with clients for weeks before the finished product is shown on television. Perhaps that is why television matchmakers blow their top when clients are still floundering with executing their advice. Either way, it's hard to deal with the fact that you are paying someone to insult your personality and physical appearance. If television matchmakers act like this on screen, imagine how they really let loose behind closed doors. Oddly enough, it works because they are successful and they get the job done. What a strange society we live in.