Teen sensation Justin Beiber took a lucky date to the Billboard Music Awards on Sunday, and it was not long-time girlfriend Selena Gomez. One of Beiber’’ biggest fans, Cady Eimer, an 18-year-old from Virginia, had been asking Bieber to attend her senior prom through her website for years. The pop star could not make it to her prom, but he did one better. Beiber told People, “I couldn’t make it [to prom] so I said I need you to fly to the Billboard Awards and you can be my date.” This super fan was one less lonely girl, at least for the night.

What are some ways to make a blind date more comfortable?

Cupid’s Advice:

Blind dates have been stereotyped most often as awkward set-ups from close friends. The fear of getting stood up, or worse, not clicking with your date, can overwhelm you. That said, blind dates can muster up exciting feelings of getting to know a complete stranger, and who doesn’t love that? Cupid has some tips to get over your fears:

1. Acknowledge the awkwardness: You and your date will start to open up more if you come right out and have a laugh about the unique manner of blind dating. Once the ice is broken, you can breathe a sigh of relief and become comfortable enough to be yourself.

2. Go somewhere low-key: The fancier the place, the stiffer the conversation. For instance, a good pizza joint creates a warm and relaxed environment whereas a four star restaurant calls for poise and elegance, creating a lot of pressure.

3. Find a mutual interest: Right off the bat, try to find something you have in common with your date. It can be anything from a love of action movies to traveling. Finding similarities creates comfort and sparks interest.

How do you think you could make a blind date more comfortable? Share your thoughts below.