Bachelorette contestant Chad Johnson is one of the most-talked about cast members in the history of ABC’s popular reality show. Before JoJo’s season got underway, host Chris Harrison hinted that Chad would “make waves” in the Bachelor mansion, but the 28-year-old Oklahoma real estate agent has gone above and beyond the call of villainhood. [Warning: Spoilers ahead]
Fans who can’t get enough of Chad’s antics may be seeing a lot more of him on TV in the coming months, but he won’t be the guy who gets JoJo’s final rose. Instead, Chad will be stirring up drama on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise, with Reality Steve sharing photos that show Johnson already en route to Mexico to meet some of the Season 3 contestants, including a few ladies from Ben Higgins’ season of the Bachelor.
“No surprise here,” Steve tweeted on Saturday. “Chad at Houston airport headed to Puerto Vallarta for BIP filming.”
Although ABC has yet to confirm that Chad is heading to Paradise, there is no doubt that the show’s producers had him at the top of the must-have cast list. His over-the-top persona on the Bachelorette is ratings gold for ABC and it will give Bachelor in Paradise a boost in viewership as well.
@RealitySteve YES!!!! I wasnt planning on watching BIP but I am now!!!!
— Ashley (@AshleyDMcMillan) June 4, 2016
Add in the news that two-time Bachelorette runner-up Nick Viall is joining the cast and it’s going to be the best season yet.
Reality Steve‘s spoilers point to JoJo Fletcher sending Chad home during a two-on-one date on Episode 4, airing Tuesday, June 7, so fans can expect the show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, to make an announcement next week that Paradise is going to get a dose of Chad-ageddon.
Filming took place at the Playa Escondida Resort in Sayulita, Mexico, last season and Steve is confident that Chad and the rest of the cast are heading to the same resort for Season 3, noting that some of the contestants are arriving this weekend and filming starts early next week.
Us Weekly has already confirmed that three of Ben’s ladies — Amanda Stanton and twins Emily and Haley Ferguson — are part of the Bachelor in Paradise cast — they are all expected to arrive in Mexico this weekend.
A confirmed cast list won’t be released until closer to the August 2 season premiere, but here’s a look at who is rumored to be joining Chad, Amanda, Haley, and Emily for some drama, hookups, and perhaps a love story, Paradise-style.
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, a number of JoJo’s guys and Ben’s girls will be joining either the initial cast or showing up throughout the season.
If the rumors are true, fans will see Jubilee Sharpe, Leah Block, Izzy Goodkind, Jennifer Saviano, Jami Letain, and Lauren Himle from Ben’s season, and James Taylor, Christian Bishop, Derek Peth, Grant Kemp, Vincent Ventiera, Evan Bass, and Wells Adams from JoJo’s season.
There is also speculation that Andi Dorfman’s ex, Josh Murray, is on the cast list, along with Jef Holm, who was engaged to Bachelorette Emily Maynard (Season 8), but so far, ABC is keeping that information tightly under wraps.
According to Reality Steve, fans may see some of last season’s most popular Bachelor in Paradise cast members return for another shot at love (or heartbreak) including Carly Waddell, Ashley Iaconetti, and Jared Haibon.
Are you excited to see Chad stir things up on Bachelor in Paradise? Who else would you like to see on the Season 3 cast list?
Watch the season premiere of Bachelor in Paradise at 8 p.m. ET on August 2, just one day after JoJo Fletcher hands out her final rose on the Bachelorette.
[Image via Chad Johnson Instagram]