In the world of reality TV, ratings trumps all—even love. So it's easy to understand why we weren't at all surprised when Ray J and the winner of season 1 of For the Love of Ray J Cocktail (Joanna Hernandez) broke it off amidst rumors that Ray was stepping out with Tila Tequila. Come on, there was no way Vh1 was not going to follow up one of their highest rated shows (over 2.5 million viewers ) with a second season.
And wouldn't you know it, we were right! Earlier this month, Vh1 kicked off season two of For the Love of Ray J, with Brandy's brother once again looking for true love among 19 new contestants. If you've been following the first two episodes of the season, you have an idea of what Ray thinks of his new stable of women, but we wanted to go a little bit further. We got him to open up about what he thinks of each and every girl. He also hipped us to what he's now looking for in a women, why a girl can't just be crazy attractive and just what is going on with his music career...
Interview by Leah Tisdale
Name: Micaela Rosario
Ray J's Given Name: Adorable
Ray J Says: When I seen her, I thought she was nice, I thought she was an adorable looking girl. She had a little innocence to her, so I was like, OK Adorable, that's what it is.
Name: Angeles Gimenez
Ray J's Given Name: Caliente
Ray J Says: Yeah, Caliente! Like, I don't know what the hell she's talking about, but she's hot. She can barely talk English, I almost need a translator. She's from Argentina.
Complex: And she came all the way here for you?
Ray J Says: Yes. Si. Si, mami si.
Name: Krista Hoffman
Ray J's Given Name: Diego
Ray J Says: Yeah, Diego! I mean, shit, I thought she was a nice person but the top 5 R&B singers killed me, like Whoa! She brought me to the side, and I was having a little fun with a couple of the girls, and she was like, "Yo, I need to talk to you. This is it. It's so deep. This is our connection, I need this." I thought she was about to tell me something about her family, or about her life. So I'm like, "What's Up?". And she goes (in a frantic voice), "What are your top 5 R&B singers?". And I'm like, "Huh?". And I'm stuck for 10 minutes. And then I give them to her, and she's just weird! So I had to let her go, cause she weirded me out.
Name: Leia Depina
Ray J's Given Name: Exotica
Ray J Says: She's from Cape Verde so she's cool. I can't understand what she's saying either.
Complex: If you can't understand what they're saying, how is it gonna work in the long run?
Ray J: Well, you got a girl and you don't understand what she's saying and she don't understand what you're saying, but the chemistry between the actions and the emotions is there. All you need to do now is try and find out how to speak the other language. Actually, it's trying to do more for yourself and expand your culture. I'm with that. I'm with expanding in my culture, from the Dominican Republic all the way to Cape Verde. Please believe that.
Name: Sharmisa Garner
Ray J's Given Name: Extra
Ray J Says: Extra. Yeah, extraordinary. Extra, extra, read all about it! She's so little, but she does so...much. Extra things (whispers).
Name: Alison Ceglio
Ray J's Given Name: Fettucini
Ray J Says: I didn't eliminate her because she was a celebrity smasher. I eliminated her because she was bragging about smashing celebrities. And bragging about how hot she was, and that she can get anybody. She was just too cocky for what I'm looking for.
Name: Michelle Abare
Ray J's Given Name: Luscious
Ray J Says: I need a nice wholesome girl. Yes!
Name: Bethany Lucas
Ray J's Given Name: Flossy
Ray J Says:She's a nice, tall little model chick. I'm cool with her. Nice smile, you know what I'm saying?
Name: Franchelle Criner
Ray J's Given Name: Gifts
Ray J Says: Gifts is out. I mean, Gifts was hot, but the role she was playing...I was like, "think about us, think about what our relationship would be like." And she was just getting butt naked all on camera. I was like, "Uhhh, what's going on ?" I was shocked.
Name: Susana Montez
Ray J's Given Name: Heartbreaker
Ray J Says: She's a tough one. Macho woman.
Name: Courtney Cameron
Ray J's Given Name: Jaguar
Ray J Says: Jaguar, she's a Jehovah's Witness.
Complex: How do you feel about that?
Ray J Says: I'm cool with that. As long as people ain't knocking on my door all day, I'm cool. You can knock, just not all day.
Ray J's Given Name: Just Right
Ray J Says: Right in the mix. She's hot!
Name: Taneish Simpson
Ray J's Given Name: Lava
Ray J Says: Lava's really intense. Nobody saw the scene, but we did this action scene, and they cut out the part when she came in with this stinking-ass onion. And she was trying to cry, but she was squeezing this onion all over. The smell of the onion was just crazy. She's definitely in her own zone.
Name: Connie Deveaux
Ray J's Given Name: MZ Berry
Ray J Says: MZ Berry's hot. I love Halle Berry, and she came in resembling Halle a little bit. MZ Berry, it's not for Ms. Halle Berry, it's MZ Strawberries. You know what I'm sayin? MZ Strawberry.
Name: Adele Figueira
Ray J's Given Name: Paradeez
Ray J Says: Aw man, the name speaks for itself. Pair of D's.
Name(s): Rachel Reed & Hana Franek
Ray J's Given Name(s): Trouble & Tipsy
Ray J Says: Gone. Gone. I felt like they came here to get on Charm School.
Complex: Maybe that's their next career move...
Ray J Says: You never know. But I don't know Ricki Lake, and I never even connected with the situation. So I didn't appreciate them coming on and trying to do something else.
Name: Olia Svetlana
Ray J's Given Name: Popper
Ray J Says: Yeah, she's there. Popper—she's poppin'. She's cool.
Ray J's Given Name: Platinum
Ray J Says: Platinum, yeah. Better than gold, baby.
Complex: After doing season one has anything changed in what you're looking for in a woman?
Ray J: Yeah. I wanted a woman, at first, with a classy side but with a really wild, crazy side. I wanted that because I'm wild and crazy sometimes. But that was then. Now I need less wild and crazy, like, a little bit of that element, but more class. A woman that's responsible and that wants to take care of herself. And then somebody that wants to take care of their man, too. Just more of a responsible woman.
Complex: Like a "Ms. Independent" ?
Ray J: Yeah, shout out to Ne-Yo.
Complex: Alright, besides the onions, what are deal breakers for potential girlfriends?
Ray J: Well, the onion didn't deal break it, it just was stinkin'. Ya know, I just want a girl to be honest. And it's hard. We're shooting the show, we got 28 days to try and connect. Not fall in love, cause that's hard to do in 28 days, it can happen, but just to find that connection. When I walked in, I already narrowed mine down, but at the same time, in narrowing the ones that I like down, I start finding things out that might change my mind about them. So it's all about getting to know these people. Sometimes the attractive girls, like Fettuccine was hot, but she was trying to boss up and be cocky. And so, I gotta let you go. Yeah, you're a hot chick, but I wanted people to understand, it's not just about hotness. It's inside and out. If you don't believe anything else in life, please believe that.
Complex: OK, what's going on with you musically?
Ray J: We got a song that's in the top 10 of iTunes, it's selling like crazy. "Tie Me Down" with The New Boyz, I'm in the future baby. I don't rock the skinny jeans, but all the kids are singing the song. So check my demographic, it's from, like, age six to 70.