'Love in the Wild's second-season cast and twist revealed by NBC
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/08/2012
NBC has announced the identities of the contestants who will be competing on the second season of Love in the Wild, which will premiere with a special two-hour episode on Thursday, June 7 at 8PM ET.
In addition to the 14 expected single men and women who will be looking for love on the reality dating show's upcoming season, NBC also revealed the contestants will initially be surprised by seven other men searching for "the one" as well.
During the series' second-season debut, the seven "surprise" men will each be paired up with an original couple to kick off everyone's adventures in a trio.
Similar to Love in the Wild's first season,the new edition will follow seven single men and seven single women -- not including the seven "surprise men" -- as they look for love while undertaking a series of adventurous activities in the Dominican Republic with the hopes of winning luxurious rewards.
At the end of each episode, singles will be eliminated after all the pairs gather together to reveal whether they have formed a connection with their current partner or want to switch and get to know someone else. Love in the Wild's new season -- which will be hosted by Jenny McCarthy, who is replacing first-season host Darren McMullen -- will conclude with only one couple standing, according to the network.
Love in the Wild is produced by Endemol USA and executive produced by Tom Shelly.
Love in the Wild's 14 original second-season male and female cast members and their NBC-supplied descriptions are:
- Kenneth Barrington, a 33-year-old from Peoria, IL, who currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
NBC says, "This sexy bachelor is ready to give up the Miami dating scene and share his life with someone special. The Cornell graduate and successful real estate developer also has a soft side and is a foster parent for his local animal shelter."
- Yanina Beccaria, a 33-year-old from Rosario, Argentina, who currently resides in Chicago, IL.
NBC says, "Former 'Ice Girl' for the Chicago Blackhawks, Beccaria is sassy and competitive and she's not afraid to show it. Beccaria knows she's attractive and loves to flirt, but she's also willing to get rough-and-tumble. She used to play football until she tore her ACL. Even though she enjoys being single and having fun, she's feeling pressure to get married and start a family."
- Jenny Blatt, a 27-year-old from Philadelphia, PA.
NBC says, "After walking in on her boyfriend of five years with another woman, Blatt knows how it feels to be burned by love. Though it took some time, she has bounced back and is ready to meet her Mr. Right. While Blatt is highly competitive due to her years in professional gymnastics, she does not like bugs or getting dirty which might create difficulties in the wild."
- Aaron Chase, a 28-year-old from San Diego, CA, who currently resides in Newport Beach, CA.
NBC says, "U.S. Marine Corps veteran Chase hopes that his training will allow him to dominate the adventures. He was once in a long-term serious relationship and had his heart broken before heading off to war in Iraq but has been living the single life for the past three years. He admits he's been holding out for someone worth dating, someone with a big heart."
- Benjamin Clark, a 27-year-old from Chesterfield, England, who currently resides in Monroe, NC.
NBC says, "Born and raised in England, girls like Clark for the wrong reasons including just hearing his sexy British accent. However, his sheer charm is sure to win the hearts of the ladies and keep the men on their toes. The former pro soccer player says that people either love him or hate him. Regardless, he's hoping to find true love on the show."
- Shauna Dillard, a 28-year-old from Kingsburg, CA, who currently resides in Hollywood, CA.
NBC says, "After recently getting out of a six-year relationship, Dillard is dedicated to finding true love and will not settle for anything less. Growing up on a farm prepared Dillard for getting down and dirty, which is exactly what she's willing to do to find the right guy. When this makeup artist and headband designer is not working, she's keeping busy with her favorite past time -- yoga."
- Jason Holmes, a 29-year-old from Paso Robles, CA, who currently resides in North Hollywood, CA.
NBC says, "Holmes comes from a loving family. His parents have been together since high school. This personal trainer really wants to find a romance similar to his parents and hopes to find true love on the show."
- Ali Leitza, a 33-year-old from Little Rock, AR, who currently resides in North Little Rock, AR.
NBC says, "Leitza is a sexy, southern belle who is not afraid to pull some pranks to find her prince charming. Many of her past dates lacked the capability to handle this strong-willed woman. Her dating requirements now include a man with a backbone, who can embrace her passions."
- Tara Locke, a 26-year-old from Arlington Heights, IL, who currently resides in Miami Beach, FL.
NBC says, "Locke is a self-professed glamour girl and yachting, shopping, and clubbing activities are just a typical day in her life. Locke is looking for a great man to call her own and her strategy for this experience is to literally be 'her amazing self.' She admits that she is a professional flirt and will do whatever it takes to get what she wants."
- Cina Luks, a 22-year-old from San Lorenzo, CA.
NBC says, "Luks is adventurous and is looking for a man who can share her enthusiasm for life. While she likes to dress up, she's not afraid to get dirty. A man will need to travel fast to keep up with her as she has her private pilot aviation certificate and a motorcycle permit."
- Summer Mack, a 32-year-old from Satellite Beach, FL, who currently resides in Indian Harbour Beach, FL.
NBC says, "According to the all-American girl Mack, she's looking for a man that won't just buy her an alligator purse but will kill one, skin it and make a purse for her. An Olympic Trials finalist on the United States National Swimming Team, she developed her competitive nature early and will do just about anything to win. Her biggest regret is not marrying her first love."
- Tim Parrish, a 32-year-old from Green Bay, WI, who currently resides in Chicago, IL.
NBC says "Do not be fooled by his good looks and charm. Parrish likes to play the field. He feels like there are a lot of great ladies out there, but there is only one of him to go around. He's not too worried though, as he feels that this is the 'Year of The Tim.' Parrish loves the ladies, but he loves winning even more."
- Christian Seklecki, a 34-year-old from August, GA, who currently resides in Atlanta, GA.
NBC says, "As a child, Seklecki's favorite game was 'Capture the Flag' -- and now he hopes to capture a woman's heart in the wild. After a few failed online dating experiences, he is ready to find a genuine woman with whom he can spend the rest of his life. Seklecki has his hands full juggling all his interests but insists that he is not too busy for a relationship."
- Jesse Wilson, a 33-year-old from Oakdale, CA, who currently resides in Manhattan Beach, CA.
NBC says, "Wilson grew up in Oakdale, CA, which happens to be affectionately known as 'Cowboy Capital of the World.' This small-town boy is looking for the perfect girl and already had the names picked out for his children."
Love in the Wild's second-season "surprise" guys and their NBC-supplied descriptions are:
- Franky Arriola, a 31-year-old from Miami, FL.
NBC says, "The youngest of his Cuban American family, Arriola considers himself very assertive, ambitious and blessed to have such great looks. His select dating criteria include women who are caring, supportive, sweet, good-looking, athletic, and fun. Germaphobes and inked women need not apply."
- Leo Borriello, a 27-year-old from Windsor, CT, who currently resides in Philadelphia, PA.
NBC says, "Borriello loves the ladies -- and they love his six-pack and contagious smile. He takes pride in his chiseled body, but there is more to this Italian financial analyst than just his good looks. He's looking for a woman that can keep up with him and is excited about a trip around the world and the possibility of finding a new love along the journey."
- Quaison "Q" Dodd, a 31-year-old from New Haven, CT, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
NBC says, "As a former football jock and college football champion, Quaison 'Q' Dodd is not familiar with losing. Although physical fitness is as a top priority in his life as a personal trainer, finding the right woman is even more important. Dodd is looking to settle down and start a family and is counting on his winning streak to help him find a woman with whom he has true synergy."
- Jason Ewell, a 25-year-old from Dublin, CA.
NBC says, "Though Ewell cherishes his small town roots, he seeks out big adventures and larger thrills. Ewell loves to be in a relationship, and is not afraid to get in touch with his more sensitive side, even if it means shedding a few tears. He's looking for a partner in crime to join him skydiving, clay shooting and traveling the country."
- Ryan Smith, a 27-year-old from Boise, ID, who currently resides in San Francisco, CA.
NBC says, "Growing up with a basketball coach as a father, Smith had no choice but to be competitive. However, as much as Smith would like to win, he is more focused on finding his future wife. His other interests include wakeboarding, snowboarding, golf, tennis and people-watching."
- Mike Sweet, a 30-year-old from San Dimas, CA, who currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
NBC says, "As a lifeguard, surf instructor and water polo player, Sweet hopes to swim laps around his competitors and dive into the hearts of the single women in the wild. An active outdoorsman, Sweet's goal of becoming a professional beach volleyball player keeps him active and always at the beach."
- Darwin Zook, a 32-year-old from Boston, MA.
NBC says, "Zook is an all-American stud and former basketball player who knows how to strategize -- and he plans to stop at nothing in order to crush the competition and find love. All he needs on a first date is a fun, relaxed atmosphere, music and free-flowing drinks. Zook is looking for the right woman and he will not settle."