There is no shame in going to great lengths to find love, but to say it was a shock to see LisaRaye McCoy on ABC’s The Proposal would be an understatement.
Ahead of the episode, the 51-year-old actress dropped hints about a connection to the show.
She would eventually tell her fans on Monday, July 9, that she would be on it looking for Mr. Right.
During her episode, LisaRaye’s identity remained withheld only until the final minutes of the program. As The Proposal works (it’s in its first season), a group of individuals compete for the affections of one lucky person, who they don’t get to see or even really hear from until it’s time to — you guessed it — propose or be proposed to.
The men unknowingly vying for her affections all traveled from around the country, and around the world, to Los Angeles. They shared their personal stories, were grilled by her daughter, Kai, and even took part in a beachwear category to let LisaRaye know what she would be working with while she sat, shrouded in darkness, watching them in a “pod.”
Eventually, she ended up choosing from two men: Adonis from Miami and Anthony from her hometown of Chicago. Both men wooed her with their words (and their lips — which was cringe-worthy to watch), but it was 44-year-old sales rep and poet Anthony who won her heart.
“I’ve been married before, and it ended not so well. And you would think I would be tainted by that. Except it really made me go more towards love,” LisaRaye said of how she ended up on the dating show. “I am looking for someone who’s looking for that special someone. That really is a fan of love and believes in love.”
So after sharing that she’d gone the online dating and swapping stories over drinks during happy hour routes, LisaRaye may have finally found her perfect partner on TV. So far, Anthony seems quite smitten with her.
The whole process was pretty interesting to watch. It’s like The Bachelor meets Married at First Sight, without the actual wedding. But it looks like one is coming for LisaRaye! Anthony popped the question in Chicago, as he promised on the show, during a viewing party for their episode with family and friends.
Like LisaRaye, Anthony is a divorcée and parent of one. She was previously married twice, to Tony Martin from 1992-1994, and to Michael Misick, past Premier of the Turks and Caicos, from 2006-2008.
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