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Chad Ochocinco hopes to score with 'Ultimate Catch'

July 9, 2010 |  7:38 pm

V_Ochocinco_04_29_10_009_V_Ochocinco_04_29_10_127_RETOUCHED Chad Ochocinco is once again jumping into reality television.

Except this time, the Cincinnati Bengal is trading in his dancing shoes for a shot at his heart.

With “Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch,” the "Dancing with the Stars" alum is hoping to score a touchdown at love and find the lady of his dreams -- on VH1. He already knows what you’re thinking.

Dating "is not working on the other side, off camera. At all. Like for real,” he says. “You’re laughing, but it’s not.”

It’s not that love is a laughing matter, it’s just the quest for love on national television, VH1 at that, hasn’t had the greatest track record of everlasting success. Flava Flav. Ray J. Bret Michaels. Chilli. The list goes on of celebrity dating shows, that although highly entertaining and drama-filled, aren’t exactly the stuff that true love is made of.

But in true Ochocinco fashion, he tells the naysayers not to doubt him.

“I was allowed to be me,” he assures. “Regardless of what show I’m on, I’m going to be me.”

On the show, that premieres Sunday, 85 women from across the country take part in his “dating training camp” which was held at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena.  He eventually whittled down his ladies to 17 draft picks for his team. Yes, there are teams.

053010-0296(2) Here is where it got confusing for us. The ladies are divided and placed on a bracket where they go on simultaneous dates, “similar to March Madness,” he clarified, sensing the confusion.

The winners from each bracket will move on to the next round of the tournament. The top prize: his heart, of course. Oh, and a championship ring -- leave it up to Ocho to make roses and a glass of champagne look unfashionable.

Now back to the hesitation of seeing another celeb take a public spin at love. He realizes previous shows have given viewers an expectation. But he's taking his quest seriously.

“I keep using that example that money doesn’t bring happiness. People always think, ‘Chad how are you single?’” he says. “I’m very flamboyant, very flashy. The way I live my lifestyle is the way the show is.”

“Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch” premieres Sunday at 9 p.m. Check out the trailer below.

-- Gerrick D. Kennedy

Photos: (top) Chad Ochocinco. Credit: Piotr Sikora / VH1

(bottom) 85 women hope to score the goal of Chad's heart. Credit: VH1