Bachelor in Paradise returns in August, and there are big changes are in store for fans of ABC’s popular summer reality show. The past three seasons have featured contestants from various seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, all looking for a second (or third) chance at finding love.
What’s different about the upcoming season of Paradise and how will it be like another popular reality TV show that aired in the past? Here’s the scoop about what promises to be the most talked-about seasons in the history of the show.
Filming for Bachelor in Paradise started last weekend. The show’s creator, Mike Fleiss, tweeting out a photo of host Chris Harrison (below), who was prepping to greet the first round of contestants at the Playa Escondida Resort in Sayulita, Mexico.
The upcoming season features some of Rachel Lindsay’s guys and more than two dozen girls and guys from JoJo Fletcher, Ben Higgins, and Nick Viall’s seasons. And that’s not all.
According to Reality Steve, there are rumblings that the show will take on more of a Bachelor Pad feel this season, minus the cash prize at the end. For fans who never watched the show that aired for three seasons (2010 – 2012) before the first season of Bachelor in Paradise aired in 2014.
“There are rumors that there will be more of a game element this season, but you gotta remember, this show is basically produced on the fly. Three seasons under their belt they kinda have an idea of what they want to do, but nothing is ever set in stone. They kinda just wing it as they go along.”
In addition to competitive events that earned contestants safety from elimination each week, there were several contestants on Season 2 Bachelor Pad who were considered “super fans” — Dave Mallet, Donna Zitelli, and twins, Brittany and Erica Taltos.
The four contestants had never been on the show, but they were avid fans. Of course, their attempts to mix and mingle with the cast from previous seasons didn’t work out all that well. The Bachelor family seems to stick with their own.
“Rumors swirling that some of the cast will be people who aren’t affiliated with the show,” Steve writes. “Again, we’ll know soon enough if this happens.”
For now, the changes appear to be rumors. However, Radar Online reports that Chase McNary, from JoJo’s season of The Bachelorette, recently spoke with the folks at The Tomorrow Show about a possible twist in the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise. His story goes along with the rumors that there may be some non-Bachelor franchise cast members joining the cast this season.
“I was at the bar a few nights ago and this random guy came up to me…It was pretty promising, but it sounds like they might be bringing in some variable, random guys that have never been on Bachelor or Bachelorette…He said he was in the top 5 finalists for interviews…he seemed pretty sincere. He was really sincere in asking if it was a good move for himself….I said…Only good things usually come from it…the dude seemed pretty legit…They’re stretching for something to keep it creative.”
According to a previous report by the Inquisitr, Chase may be joining the Bravo show, Vanderpump Rules, so it’s not clear (yet) if he will be arriving in Paradise. For now, his Snapchat stories reveal that he’s not in Mexico, but that could change in the coming weeks.
What do you think about having random contestants, or “super fans” on the upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise?
And if you’re wondering who’s on the cast list so far, a recent report by the Inquisitr has the low-down on which Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants will be showing up in Paradise this season.
The season premiere of Paradise Season 4 begins at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, August 8 on ABC.
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