The third season of Bachelor in Paradise returns with a two-hour premiere on August 2 on ABC. One night after Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher hands out her final rose on the Bachelorette, the drama will begin at the same location as last season — the Playa Escondida Resort in Sayulita, Mexico.
Who finds love, who breaks up, and who gets married on the show? Here are some of the major highlights from the upcoming season.
[Warning: Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 spoilers ahead]
Last month, ABC released the names of several Bachelor in Paradise Season 3 cast members but have yet to release the full cast of 30 contestants who appeared on previous seasons of the Bachelor and Bachelorette, including guys from JoJo’s season. However, blogger Reality Steve has confirmed all 30 guys and girls (list below) who will stir up drama, and, for at least three couples, fall in love and get engaged after only 18 days of filming.
The following guys and gals will appear on Bachelor in Paradise, with some arriving on the August 2 premiere, and others arriving throughout the season.
- Paradise Season Premiere Cast: Twins Emily and Haley Ferguson, Amanda Stanton, Jubilee Sharpe, Izzy Goodkind, Lace Morris, Sarah Herron, Carly Waddell, Evan Bass, Grant Kemp, Chad Johnson, Daniel Maguire, Vinny Venteria, Nick Viall, and Jared Haibon.
- Arriving Throughout The Season: Caila Quinn, Leah Block, Lauren Himle, Tiara Soleim, Shushanna Mkrtychyan, Jami Letain, Sarah Herron, Jen Saviano, Ashley Iaconetti, Josh Murray, Christian Bishop, Wells Adams, Ryan Beckett, Brandon Andreen, Carl King, and Brett Melnick.
According to a previous report from the Inquisitr, Chad Johnson, the villain from JoJo’s season, only lasts one day in Paradise. Apparently, host Chris Harrison removed him from the show after he got drunk, called Lace Morris a name that had to be bleeped out, and tried to get in a fight with at least one of the guys.
According to Reality Steve, three couples go on dates on the season premiere — Leah and Nick, Jubilee and Jared, and Nick and Amanda. Although Nick scores two dates in the first episode, if he was hoping for a second date with Amanda, he’ll lose out to his competitor from Andi Dorfman’s season on the second episode.
Josh Murray, who was briefly engaged to Andi, arrives on Episode 2 and sweeps Amanda off her feet. According to the Stir, they are one of three couples who get engaged on the season finale and are being compared to Jade and Tanner who got engaged on Bachelor in Paradise Season 2 and are now married.
There is speculation that Josh and Amanda got married on the finale, fueled by photos that show Josh’s mother in Mexico on the final day of filming.
Another couple who started dating early on in the season are Evan Bass and Carly Waddell. The “Erectile Dysfunction Specialist” from JoJo’s season goes on a date with Carly on Episode 2, one that involves setting a world record in kissing. Apparently, that works out well for them — they are rumored to be the second couple who got engaged on the show.
Episode 3 will be an interesting one for fans who are hoping to see Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon get together. Although Ashley goes on a date with Jared on the third episode, he also accepts a date card from Caila Quinn from Ben’s season.
According to Reality Steve, Ashley and Jared decide they are better off as friends, so we won’t see Ashley crying over Jared anymore — she has her heart set on another guy. More on her connection with a guy from JoJo’s season below.
Spoilers point to Caila leaving on Episode 4 because she doesn’t like the drama. Jared also packs up and leaves the show because he’s not interested in anyone else. Sources tell Reality Steve that Jared wants to date Caila outside of the show, but apparently, she is not interested in dating him. Ouch.
Which five couples make it to the season finale?
The final five couples who will appear on the Bachelor in Paradise season finale are Josh and Amanda, Grant and Lace, Evan and Carly, Nick and Jen, and Wells and Ashley.
Nick and Jen break up, as do Wells and Ashley. The other three couples take advantage of the overnight date and get engaged on the finale. Fans will have to wait and see if Josh and Amanda get married on the show or leave Mexico engaged and ready to pursue a long distance relationship.
According to ABC, Bachelor in Paradise will air just one night on premiere week (August 2), but will move to a two-night format after the first week. Starting with Week 2, the show will air from 8 – 10 p.m. on Monday nights and from 8 – 9 p.m. on Tuesday nights. The live After Paradise talk show will run from 9 – 10 p.m. every Tuesday night from Week 2 until the season finale.
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