Bachelor in Paradise is back for a third season of hookups, breakups, and perhaps a love story or two. Who will be joining the Season 3 cast, and when does ABC’s summer reality show premiere? Here’s the scoop on what’s to expect on the upcoming season that airs shortly after JoJo Fletcher hands out her final rose on the Bachelorette.
According to ABC, the two-hour season premiere of Bachelor in Paradise will air on Tuesday, August 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The air times will shift after the first week — get ready to spend four hours per week watching your favorite Bachelor franchise stars stir up some drama.
Reality TV World reports that starting Monday, August 8, Bachelor in Paradise will air for two hours on Monday nights, followed by a one-hour show on Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m. The live one-hour After Paradise talk show that made its debut last season returns for another run. Tune in on Tuesday nights from 9 – 10 p.m. ET/PT to watch host Chris Harrison and various superfans and cast members chat about the drama right through to the season finale in September.
ABC states that the new season will feature “some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history,” but that shouldn’t come as a big surprise to die-hard fans considering the names of potential cast members that have been popping up online.
The network won’t release the official cast list until closer to the premiere date in August, but here are the latest rumors about who may be showing up for the love and drama fest set in a tropical location.
Lace Morris didn’t say no when host Chris Harrison asked her to join the Paradise cast during the Bachelor: Women Tell All special in March. However, it appears that the controversial contestant from Ben Higgins’ season now has a boyfriend, so fans will have to wait to see if she suddenly becomes single when filming begins in late May.
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Becca’s ex’s, former Bachelor Chris Soules’, name has been swirling around the gossip pages as a possible cast member, but the famous farmer confirmed on Twitter that he will not be joining the show.
Despite rumors I will be foregoing the Bachelor in Paradise for my one true love of corn, soybeans and piggies.
— Chris Soules (@souleschris) April 5, 2016
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, there is speculation that Jef Holm and Courtney Robertson will be heading to Paradise this summer — both are rumored to be single and back in the social media spotlight.
Jef was briefly engaged to Season 8 Bachelorette Emily Maynard and was recently spotted with Amanda Stanton from Ben Higgins’ season. Courtney, who was engaged to Bachelor Ben Flajnik, has been dropping hints on Twitter that she is returning to TV, so that’s something to ponder until the official cast list is released.
— Courtney Robertson (@bugrobertson) March 17, 2016
Buddy TV reports that host Chris Harrison has a “dream cast” for the show that includes “10 or 15” girls from Ben Higgins’ season, including twins Emily and Haley Ferguson and Olivia Caridi.
Chances are good that the twins will show up, but there are slimmer odds that Olivia will be there — she tells the New York Post that she’s done with reality shows and has relocated to New York City to resume her TV career.
Other names on the rumored list include Caila Quinn, Jubilee Sharpe, Leah Block, and Lauren Himle, Ashley Iaconetti, Carly Waddell, and Jared Haibon. Fans who are hoping to see JJ Lane return to the show may get their wish, but only under one condition. The single dad tells the New York Post that he will only come on the show if Amanda [Stanton] is there.
— Shrine Foxwoods (@ShrineFoxwoods) April 21, 2016
In addition to cast members fans are familiar with, there will undoubtedly be several new faces in the crowd. Filming for JoJo’s season of the Bachelorette wraps up in early May and she’s already down to her final four guys, so it won’t be long before producers start wooing the men she didn’t pick for the BIP gig — if they haven’t started already.
Who would you like to see on the Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 cast list?
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