A reality TV show has netted a bachelor and former Rockfordian a months-long relationship and his mother a few laughs.
Frank L. Zimmermann, a 1991 graduate of Rockford Lutheran High School who lives in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., appeared on VH1’s “Tough Love Miami,” which featured seven women seeking relationship advice from the host and matchmaker and seven men they dated. The finale for the series taped earlier this year was Dec. 11. The women were sequestered for 10 weeks in a Ft. Lauderdale mansion, except for their outings which included a Bahamas cruise.
A reunion show will air Sunday. Among those to be featured are Zimmermann, a business consultant for ADP data processing, and Christine Streets, “Mrs. Iowa-United States” in 2010 and a divorcee who once weighed 250 pounds. Zimmermann says they are the only ones on the show who have remained together. “She and I have been solid the last six to seven months,” Zimmermann said in a telephone conversation. “Her six-month plan is to move here.”
Zimmermann’s mother, Marge Zimmermann, marketing and communications specialist for OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center in Rockford, said her favorite episode was the finale. “It was kinder, softer and not nearly as melodramatic,” she said in an email. “Many of the previous programs were ‘mascara fests.’ I never saw so much crying or so many women who were … more concerned with their appearances than with their intelligence.”
A segment Marge thought was funny was when Streets gave Zimmermann a 20-minute rundown on her life. The cameras showed Zimmermann wiping his forehead as she recited her litany of woes. “We knew he was wiping his forehead because they filmed the segment in the sunshine on a very warm Lauderdale evening. But it appeared as though he couldn’t believe all that she was telling him. It was actually funny,” she said.
Zimmermann added: “It is definitely all about editing.”
Zimmermann said “Tough Love” producers asked him to be on the show after seeing photographs on Facebook he had taken for commercial and modeling jobs.
“Being a single guy, and being paid to date beautiful women, get my beer and T-bones free and a paycheck is not a bad gig,” he said. Zimmermann and Streets have been together since their first meeting and have posted 800 pictures of themselves together on Facebook.
“Obviously, we’re having a lot of fun,” Zimmermann said. Sheets had not returned a phone call as of 11:15 a.m. Tuesday.
“Tough Love Miami” will air at 7 p.m. Sunday on VH1 (Comcast 38).
And what does mom have to say? “Frank … has a tremendous sense of humor, and I think he is helping Christine to take life and herself less seriously. Maybe she’ll help him take life a bit more seriously.
“She is very outgoing, and meets people well, just as Frank does. For now, they are just enjoying each other company and learning more about each other.”