Chad Ochocinco talks new Vh1 reality series, 'The Ultimate Catch'

ochocinco_catchImage Credit: VH1Chad Ochocinco may be best known for his skills on the field as a wide receiver for the Cincinnati Bengals, but earlier this year, his appearance on Dancing With the Stars introduced the non-sports fans (they do exist!) to the football player’s wild personality. He might not have won the coveted mirror ball trophy — he placed fourth with partner Cheryl Burke — but that didn’t deter him from reality TV.

Tonight, at 9 p.m. ET, Ochocinco will head back to the small screen, this time looking for love in his new VH1 reality show, Ochocinco: The Ultimate Catch. (The football star, who wears the number 85 on his back, begins his quest tonight with 85 women from all over the country.) Ochocinco wouldn’t give out any spoilers, but he said everyone can relate to his new show — even his football fans who might be skeptical of a dating show. “People know me when it comes to football. To be able to see me in a different light is what makes it interesting,” he says. Ochocinco took some time to tell us about the show and his dating style.

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Where did the concept for your show come from?
CHAD OCHOCINCO: I’m not exactly sure how the concept came up. But when the idea was brought to me, I felt that it was a good opportunity to try something different. And since my traditional way of dating has failed me tremendously throughout my wonderful life, I thought ‘Why not?’ Why not try my hand at something different, and see if I can find that one out of 85? And it’s been awesome. When I say awesome, I mean awesome.

How involved were you in the development of the show?
This is just my first rodeo. I don’t need to be jumping into something like that, trying to create and trying to add input. All I wanted was to be me. I’m not doing anything that’s scripted, and the things I’m going to do are going to come off as if there were no cameras rolling. So what you’re getting, what you’re seeing is my normal day-to-day life when I’m interacting with females. So what you see is exactly how I really am.

How is The Ultimate Catch different from other dating shows?
It’s real. That’s it. What you see is what you get. There’s no façade. This is really what I do. I really get down like this in real life.

What was it like looking for love on TV?
I’ve never done anything like this before. Ever. So it’s been fun. There’s a whole process of getting to know all the girls in such a short time. And you know why I really like it? Because it has disciplined me in doing it the right way. I have never given a woman the opportunity to really get to know who Chad is. Never. I never opened up to anybody to express how I feel about them. Everything before was superficial. “I’m Chad. You’re beautiful. Let’s do this.” This whole process I’ve done it the right way, which is why I know it’s going to work. It has no choice but to work, because I’ve approached it the way I should have been approaching dating all my life but never did.

Was it hard to narrow down the women?
It was easy. It allowed me to be me. I had 85 women here. I have to go off my judgment. It might be right, it might be wrong. But when you’re dealing with that many people at one time, there’s only so much you can go off of. Right now, of course the physical appearance would have to attract me first. You know that. That’s just dating. Who did I feel would look best on my hip for years to come? And that’s what I had to do.

What  word best describes your personality?
Holy sh–. I’m fun and unpredictable. I’m energetic, and you never know what you’re going to get. It’s like rolling dice. You can never guess the number right every single time.

What’s your romantic style like?
My romantic style is extremely flashy, like it’s always been. Some people do it low-key and quiet. But I’m very outgoing when it comes to stuff like that.

What’s the most outrageous thing you’ve ever done for a woman?
Oh my goodness. I’ve done all kinds of crazy stuff. The most outrageous? I have no idea. If you saw the stuff I did…who knows? Everything I do is outrageous.

What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?
I’m cool. Everybody thinks I’m cocky and arrogant. But I’m really cool. Really down to earth. I’m approachable. I’m a people person. I like to have fun. I think the perception on me might have me in a light that I’m an a–hole. But hell no, I’m not.

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  • jordan

    this guy is such a jerk i hate him and wish he would go away.

  • meliot

    who is the target audience for this show? Hated him on DWTS.

  • Hungarian Mango

    Ok, now this is just plain stupid.

  • Hungarian Mango

    In reponse to Meliot question about who the target audience is for this fiasco, I would say, Morons.

    • meliot

      LOL! I thought it was funny his response to the question: What’s something most people wouldn’t know about you?

      I’m cool. Everybody thinks I’m
      cocky and arrogant. But I’m
      really cool. Really down to
      earth. I’m approachable. I’m
      a people person. I like to
      have fun. I think the
      perception on me might have
      me in a light that I’m an
      a–hole. But hell no, I’m not.

      Well, perception is everything sweetie! (Just ask Jake!)

      • alyssa

        Chad…big mistake getting rid of Emma and keeping erica…seemed real against fake to me…you might regret that choice

      • taylorr

        umm yea i agree;;chad that was a big mistake you made when you got rid of emma in stead of erica;;ERICA is a suck up fack a** b****..i say emma is way better n she now how to keep it real;;umm but good wit tha fake b****

  • carolyn

    I love Chad….What u see is what uget…I will watch…but i definitely though Cheryl Burke and Chad had the connection: and as he said..” i signed up for this (his show) before Cheryl and I started Dancing. We Love him here IN Massachusetts…..please pick out someone who can compete with Cheryl…betcha can’t or won’t….I do have to question your Motive CHAD>>>PLEASE Stay w/the girl u gave all the jewelry …to OK LOL have fun picken…..#2!!!! CM in MA

    • Jack

      Just because you like Ochocinco and you’re from Massachusetts, doesn’t mean everyone in Massachusetts loves him. Most people think he is an asshole.

  • Buffy Freak

    His and Terrell Owens’ shows will air back-to-back…who can possibly handle all that ego in one night?

    • Laurie

      Please see Hungarians response above.

  • John C.

    This sounds bad even for VH1

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  • Bethanie

    Love his groupies and he should have been onrunnerdatingsite

  • Sally in Chicago

    Another dating show? Why?

    • jared4ever

      Because losers keep watching.

  • jared4ever

    This guy was such a dud on DWTS. After hearing all about his wild antics on the field I thought he would have more personality. He was totally boring. Also arrogant & self-absorbed.

  • minute

    i love you i live in cincinnati ohio and i love the bengals your show is good i like it

  • Stephanie T.

    Correct me if I am wrong, but I thought that he is married?

  • Gleekster

    He should get some more tv time with Lawyerdating on tv


    They should have done a better job screening the woman on the show… That chic HEATHER is a known hooker in Miami. She works at TOOTSIES and I’m sure “Ocho Cinco” knows that…

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