NEW YORK – Tila Tequila is taking a shot at love with a dude.
The bisexual Internet celebrity selected 25-year-old film student Bobby Banhart as the winner of "A Shot at Love With Tila Tequila," her popular MTV reality dating show, instead of 29-year-old female firefighter Dani Campbell.
"I do love Dani, and we've gone through so much together," Tequila said during Tuesday's finale. "But I am in love with Bobby."
Tequila — whose real last name is Nguyen — chose Banhart on a platform in the middle of the pool at the mansion where the reality show was filmed. Campbell walked away immediately following Banhart's selection, but Tequila ran after her to hug her and say goodbye.
"I thought we had something real. I thought we had a big connection," Campbell said. "I guess I was wrong."
"A Shot at Love," which featured 16 men and 16 women competing for the affection of the 26-year-old MySpace pinup, became MTV's second most popular series, just behind "The Hills," according to Nielsen Media Research.
Casting notices have circulated online for a second season of "A Shot at Love" and "That's Amore!" — a new dating show starring "Shot at Love" castoff Domenico Nessi. MTV hasn't confirmed that either is in the works, but Tequila told The Associated Press last week that MTV had approached her about taking another "Shot at Love" — although it doesn't look like she needs to.
"I came into this hoping to find love," Tequila said, "and I did."
A reunion of Tequila and the contestants will air Dec. 23.