*TV One’s dating extravaganza “The Ultimate Merger” is back for season 2 with model Toccara replacing Omarosa in the driver’s seat.
Already a reality show veteran, thanks to “America’s Next Top Model” and “Celebrity Fit Club,” the Dayton, Ohio beauty and one-time BET correspondent will have her pick of 14 eligible bachelors who will jump through a variety of hoops to win her hand.
The show premieres Thursday, Aug. 4 at 9 p.m., but filming has already wrapped for the season.
“It was a good experience,” she tells EUR exclusively. “It was a learning experience because I went in there and I didn’t put any expectations on it. I just wanted to meet real people, real men. And I wanted to know them with no preconceived notions.
“I didn’t wanna say, ‘Find me 14 guys to do X, Y and Z.’ I came in open. In the end, some people you’re instantly attracted to, some people you’re not, some people you get to know, some people grow on you – you go through whole twists and turns of different emotions because you’re dealing with so many people.”
In the bonus audio below, Toccara recalls the moment she met all 14 bachelors for the first time.
Hang out with Toccara and the Bachelors on Facebook and Twitter During the Show!
Toccara will tweet live, and her trusted advisor Harvey Walden (Celebrity Fit Club), plus the crew of 14 hot, sexy bachelors will tweet or be live on Facebook during the premiere of new episodes (Thursdays at 9pm Est.) each week of TV One’s second season of dating competition series The Ultimate Merger.
Viewers will soon be able to go to TVoneonline.com to participate in a “Fantasy Merger” game where they can visit each week and vote for the bachelor they think will win, and the bachelor(s) they think will go home that week.
*Hennessy Black showed its smooth side at the Done Different Los Angeles launch party hosted by TV personality Toccara Jones and guests Shanon Doherty, Pleasure P , MC Lyte, actors Said Jaraj, Dorion Standberry and more. Music was provided by DJ Vice and the event was held at Voyeur Night Club. (Photos: Alex Wyman/Wire Image)