Bachelor in Paradise returns for a third season on August 2 with a cast list that will include some of Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher’s castoffs, several ladies from Ben Higgins’ season of the Bachelor, and fan favorites from past seasons who will return to find love, while stirring up a little summertime drama.
Who can fans expect to see in Paradise this summer and when does filming begin? Here’s the latest scoop about ABC’s popular summer reality series that may feature the biggest villain in the history of the show — Joe Bailey.
— Bachelor in Paradise (@BachParadise) August 17, 2015
According to ABC, the new season will feature “some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history.” The show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, revealed this week that “major Bachelor in Paradise news” will be coming soon, but several members of the Bachelor family are already dropping hints that they will appear on the third season of ABC’s summer reality series.
Last season, filming got underway in early June and wrapped up three weeks later; a similar filming schedule is expected this year. Although it’s likely that the confirmed cast lineup will not be released until closer to the August 2 premiere, here’s a look at some of the contestants who are rumored to be joining the cast of Bachelor in Paradise this summer.
Remember Courtney Robertson from Bachelor Ben Flajnik’s season? Four years after they broke off their engagement, Courtney has been dropping hints on Twitter that she’s returning to TV to find love. Known as the Season 16 villain, Courtney would definitely shake things up in Paradise.
— Courtney Robertson (@bugrobertson) March 17, 2016
Another blast from the past who may join the Paradise cast this summer is Bachelorette Season 8 winner Jef Holm. Four years after his failed engagement to Emily Maynard, WetPaint reports that Jef recently spent time with Amanda Stanton from Ben Higgins’ season.
Is Jef trying to get himself in the spotlight again by connecting with recent cast members? Host Chris Harrison has revealed that Amanda is one of several girls from Ben’s season who he would like to see in Paradise, so there’s a chance we could see Jef make an appearance on the show.
One contestant who was all but confirmed to show up in Paradise this summer is Lace Morris, but that may not happen. Although host Chris Harrison asked Lace to join the cast during the Women Tell All last March, the controversial contestant from Ben Higgins’ season recently started showing off her new boyfriend on social media — will she ditch him to go on the show? Stay tuned.
In addition to Lace, there are several other girls from Ben Higgins’ season who are rumored to be joining the Bachelor in Paradise cast. Blogger Reality Steve states that he fully expects to see Caila Quinn on the show. There is also a buzz online that the Ferguson twins, Lauren Himle, Jubilee Sharpe, and Leah Block will also be asked to join the cast.
Bachelor creator Mike Fleiss promised fans that Becca Tilley would appear on another television show after two failed attempts at finding love on the Bachelor. Will she show up in Paradise and find love the third time around?
In addition to some of the guys JoJo Fletcher rejected while filming the upcoming season of the Bachelorette, there are rumors that some of last season’s Bachelor in Paradise cast will return for a second round of drama, including JJ Lane, Ashley Iaconetti, Jared Haibon, Carly Waddell, and, yes, there’s a possibility that Joe Bailey will be back.
Gotta be ready for BIP 3: Gimme That Rose https://t.co/DNLqae33Kn
— JJ Lane (@jjhlane) April 29, 2016
Set your DVR now — the two-hour season premiere of ABC’s Bachelor in Paradise begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 2.
According to Reality TV World, the series will then move into a two-night time slot the following week. Paradise will air from 8 to 10 p.m. on Monday nights starting August 8 and on Tuesday nights from 9 to 10 p.m. ET/PT, followed by the live After Paradise talk show from 10 to 11 p.m. ET/PT.
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