I have been watching The Millionaire Matchmaker since it premiered on Bravo in 2008. Since then I have seen Patti change her physical appearance as well as find a match of her own. The show is currently on its seventh season, and so much has changed.
Let’s talk about the obvious changes. Patti has new assistants this season. They are not as charming and lovable as her previous assistants, and Patti does not seem to like them as much either. In the previous seasons fans fell in love with Destin and Rachel, Patti’s quirky and gothic assistants. The two assistants had a son and got married. We basically got to see their relationship evolve on screen.
When asked about where Destin and Rachel were this season, Patti said that they were pursuing their dreams and career goals. Their replacements are Marisa, David, and Justin. There is no doubt that the three of them are more attractive than Destin and Rachel, but they are terribly boring. They do not say or do anything interesting. In fact, the most interesting thing that happened with the new assistants so far this season was when Justin broke Patti’s rules and gave his phone number to one of the girls Patti recruited for a millionaire. When he was scolded, Justin just sat there and stared blankly. It was an opportunity for some drama, for the assistants to show some personality, but nothing happened.
The clientele this season is different from the previous seasons. Almost every episode this season has featured clients who are television personalities or celebrities. There was Rosie from The Real Housewives of New Jersey, Stefan from Top Chef, Don Swayze, and a number of others. In previous seasons the millionaires were almost always entrepreneurs. The addition of all these television personalities makes the show feel fake and almost scripted. Why is a millionaire celebrity having such a hard time finding a boyfriend/girlfriend? It’s making the show feel a lot less believable.
The people Patti is choosing to bring to the millionaire mixers are also a lot different from previous seasons. She blames the lower quality of the individuals on her assistants because they are responsible for recruiting potential mates for the millionaires. In previous years the potential mates had to meet a list of qualifications. They had to be attractive, educated with a career, and age appropriate for the millionaires. This season there have been a lot of actress/models who make it to the mixers. There have been some professionals at the mixers, but those individuals are few and far between.
I still love the show, and I will continue to watch it, but I’m not a fan of this new format. I hope the show improves as this season goes on.