Stacey Solomon talks dating and cheesy chat-up lines
The Love Machine's Stacey Solomon
Fancy watching another dating show? Of course you do. Well, first impressions are everything in Sky Living HD's new dating show The Love Machine, presented by Chris Moyles and Stacey Solomon.
It does what it says on the tin; a giant dating machine is filled with single guys and girls hoping to be selected by the night's contestants.
The loved-up couple will go on holiday, but not before one final twist giving them a chance to ditch their date for a last minute upgrade. MSN sat down for a chat with the ever-bubbly Stacey to talk dating, Chris Moyles and chat-up lines.
You started out singing thanks to X Factor, but you've had more success on TV. Do you plan to resume your singing career at some point?
I'm in the process of recording an album. We're hoping to release it in September after the baby's been born and we've recorded all the video. I'm still definitely into my singing.
You're presenting Sky Living's The Love Machine alongside Chris Moyles. Were you worried about how you'd cope? Because he can be quite bombastic
Before Love Machine, I'd met Chris a few times on his show and I've been on Quiz Night as well, and he's always been absolutely lovely and really easy to work with. I wasn't worried at all; I was really excited to work with him.
Are you also on The Love Machine to keep Chris Moyles in check? Because he can be quite a handful.
He loves to take the mickey, but I think he's quite sweet. We bounce off each other and I always give it back to him.
How would you sum up your presenting style on this show, because you're not there just to look pretty, are you?
I feel like I've been left to do whatever I want and say whatever I want which I really enjoy, I've had a lot of freedom. It's nice to be able to say whatever comes into my head and have a laugh with the contestants.
How does The Love Machine differ from all the other dating shows out there?
It's completely different because the contestants don't get to talk to the people they're choosing out of the Love Machine. I think that's a massive thing; it's really interesting when you see what people actually think when they're judging on looks and looks alone.
They don't get to ask the person questions, they don't get to hear what their voice sounds like or their personality. They have to literally, there and then, make a decision on whether to go on a date with someone, or not, just based on their looks.
So in The Love Machine, contestants spin the wheel and decide whether to date or ditch. It's very much focused on looks as you say - do you think it could send out the wrong message? That it's all about looks, and not personality?
No, not at all. I actually think it sends out the dating message that everyone judges people on looks and first impressions - and looks is always the first one. Love Machine sends out an honest view on how people really go out and look for a date.
Love Machine is a dating show - would you ever go on one?
If I was single for a while, and knew I'd tried everything else and it hadn't worked, yes. Why not?
Talking about dating, what's the worst chat-up line someone's ever said to you?
I hate the cheesy ones like: 'did it hurt when you fell from heaven?' That kind of thing makes me cringe, if I'm honest.
You're not a trained presenter, but you're presenting TV shows. Do you think some people out there will say you're not qualified to do the job?
Yeah, definitely. I think people think that in any situation. If someone with a degree goes for a job interview and someone without one goes, the person with the degree probably feels that they should get the job. But, it's down to whoever's employing you at the end of the day.
What do you think will be the real fun factor of Love Machine?
One of the reasons to watch is when contestants say 'no' to certain people in the Love Machine, they have to state a reason why. The reasons are usually really funny and that should get viewers into it. Also, there's some good-looking people on the show - that's always fun!
The Love Machine starts Sunday 11 March at 6pm on Sky Living HD