Master Matchmaker Steve Ward is back for another season of Tough Love, and each week, he’ll be giving us an exclusive look at what went down behind the scenes on the series. This week, a rare treat: we talked to Steve and JoAnn to find out what they thought of the women’s behavior on their night out, and during the cotillion.
This week was the cotillion episode, so how did you think all the girls did?
JoAnn: I think it was good, the girls did everything they were supposed to, but they were thrown for a loop. They didn’t know what foods they would be served and it was interesting how they all dealt with that. I was at one end of the table and Steven was at the other, but I think the girls took away a lot of knowledge they never learned before. Like how to use their forks and where to put their napkins, I was blown away by how clueless they were about that stuff. I mean like, not to blow your nose in a napkin.
Steve: I don’t know where all my forks go, though.
Right, a lot of that etiquette is beyond a lot of people.
Steve: And it’s not about etiquette, it’s about class.
JoAnn: But the way some of the girls were eating was…
Steve: Eating snails and crab, we gave them the most difficult food you could possibly eat and they were in a cotillion dress trying to eat it. The point was to make it difficult for them, it wasn’t about where the fork is, it’s about being graceful and putting your best foot forward.
What did you think of Stephanie’s makeunder?
Steve: I gave it to her, and I thought it was awesome. She went kicking and screaming. Normally on each season of the show, we dedicate a whole episode to makeovers and what happened was I took Stephanie away to do this and the rest of the girls were jealous, especially Melissa. So eventually I give Melissa her own makeover which you’ll see.
JoAnn: When we took all that makeup off of Stephanie, she looked so much better, just beautiful. Everybody just ranted and raved about her. She’s just so beautiful. I can’t even imagine how long it takes to put all that stuff on, it’s amazing to me. And she’s a really beautiful girl. She thinks it’s what men want to see. She dates scumbags who tell her she should look like a porn star.
What was your reaction when you saw Stephanie make out with Brandon on her night out?
JoAnn: I couldn’t believe it! Did you see my face? First of all, she likes this guy John — what Steven tries to do is get the point across that if you’re in your city and you’re dating, you don’t know who’s going to see you, so if you’re going to do that, if you’re going to kiss a guy, you don’t do it like that in public for everyone to see and talk about. It’s going to kill that poor guy, John. Be discreet. You’re not exclusive with John, but you like him, so just don’t do that in a nightclub, be discreet because otherwise it’s disrespectful. That’s what Steven is trying to get across. All the girls in the nightclub, they all looked like strippers and dancing for money — it’s one thing to go out dancing and have a good time, but it was awful watching them.
Steve, you had mentioned that matching Aubrey up with Shalana was unorthodox because he wasn’t meant to be a match, how did that work?
Steve: It was wasn’t about a match for her, it was about how this guy has has standards. She needs to date someone with standards and values and character. The guys who were originally slated to be on the game show weren’t meant to be matches. So we did some digging on Aubrey after hearing what he had to say, and she was even commenting on him and he really struck a chord with Shalana. So we went out, interviewed him, did a check on him, and really introduced him to her.
JoAnn: I’m always matchmaking.