Bachelor in Paradise returns for a third season on August 2, one day after JoJo Fletcher gives out her final rose on the Bachelorette season finale. ABC released the names of the first 10 contestants on Wednesday, but the cast list continues to grow as the premiere date approaches.
Who's heading to Paradise for another chance at love and a whole lot of drama? At least 16 guys and girls are expected to appear on the season premiere, with an additional 13 cast members arriving throughout the season.
In addition to the 10 contestants confirmed by ABC (list below), there will be several guys from JoJo's season, lots of ladies from Ben's season, a few contestants from the last season of Bachelor in Paradise, a villain (or two!), and a few surprises.
Here's a list of the 10 contestants confirmed by ABC followed by the names of guys and girls who Reality Steve expects to see on the full cast list, including Chad Johnson, the mega-villain from JoJo's season, and Nick Viall from Andi and Kaitlyn's season. Maybe three times is a charm for Nick?
- Jared Haibon, 27, Restaurant Manager, Warwick, Rhode Island (Kaitlyn's season, Bachelor in Paradise season 2)
- Emily and Haley Ferguson, 23, Twins, Las Vegas, Nevada (Ben's season)
- Leah Block, 25, Event Planner, Denver, Colorado – (Ben's season)
- Lace Morris, 25, Real Estate Agent, Denver, Colorado – (Ben's season)
- Amanda Stanton, 26, Esthetician, Rancho Santa Margarita, California – (Ben's season)
- Jubilee Sharpe, 25, War Veteran, Ft. Lauderdale, Florida – (Ben's season)
- Sarah Herron, 29, Advertising Executive, Los Angeles, California – (Sean's season)
- Carly Waddell, 29, Singer/Songwriter, Arlington, Texas – (Chris' season, Bachelor in Paradise Season 2)
- Isabel "Izzy" Goodkind, 25, Graphic Designer, Branford, Connecticut – (Ben's season)
We HAVE to talk about this cliffhanger, #BachelorNation.???? https://t.co/4S52zAtsZR
— The Bachelorette (@BacheloretteABC) June 8, 2016
If Reality Steve's sources are correct, Chad will be joined by a much milder villain — Nick Viall. After two rounds as the runner-up on the Bachelorette, is it possible that Nick will find true love in Paradise or does he just enjoy being on TV?
(BACHELOR IN PARADISE SPOILER): Batten down the hatches, he's going to infiltrate your TV once again. Nick Viall is on BIP. God help us.
— RealitySteve (@RealitySteve) June 6, 2016
Chad won't be thrilled to see some of his former mansion-mates in Paradise, but Steve is confident that Evan Bass and Grant Kemp will be part of the cast. In addition, there are rumors that Wells Adams, James Taylor, Christian Bishop, Derek Peth, and Vincent Ventiera may show up this season.
There are already six girls from Ben's season confirmed in the list above, but fans may see also see Lauren Himle, Jennifer Saviano, Jami Letain, and Shushanna Mkrtychyan, all from the Bachelor Season 20 cast.
Jared Haibon is on the Bachelor in Paradise confirmed cast list, so don't be surprised when Ashley Iaconetti (Chris' season, BIP 2) arrives at some point during the season to cry about Jared dating other ladies.
Other names in the Bachelor in Paradise rumor mill include Jonathan Holloway (Kaitlyn, BIP 2), Jef Holm (Emily Maynard's season), Joe Bailey (Kaitlyn's season, BIP 2), and Andi Dorfman's ex, Josh Murray.
It won't be long before fans find out for sure who will join the 10 Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 contestants who have already been confirmed by ABC. The season premiere begins at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Tuesday, August 2.
Just like last season, the show will return to a two-night format starting with the second week — Monday from 8-10 p.m and Tuesday from 8-9 p.m. According to Reality TV World, the live After Paradise talk show will also begin on the second week and will air from 8-9 p.m. ET on Tuesday nights.
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