Beginning on Monday, October 3, Bachelor in Paradise will air twice weekly this Fall on Monday and Tuesday nights from 8-10PM ET/PT.
While the cast has yet to be officially announced by ABC, Reality Steve spoiler blogger Steve Carbone has disclosed the identities of the bachelors and bachelorettes who will comprise Season 8's initial group of cast members, as well as many of the additional men and women who arrive at the Mexican resort later on.
(Bachelor in Paradise's format features an ever-changing cast with people coming and going over the course of the season as Rose Ceremonies occur.)
At the first Rose Ceremony of Season 8, the men were able to hand out the roses.
Brandon allegedly gave his rose to Serene, Justin offered his rose to Genevieve, Romeo handed a rose to Jill, Michael asked Sierra to accept his rose, Jacob gave his rose to Lace, Logan gave his rose to Shanae, Andrew offered his rose to Teddi, Johnny handed a rose to Victoria, and Casey gave his rose to Brittany.
The men's decisions at the Rose Ceremony resulted in Hailey, Hunter and Kira getting eliminated.
A day after the Rose Ceremony taped, Kira returned to the beach and ended up leaving with Romeo.
Teddi apparently didn't feel much of a connection with Andrew and so she self-eliminated.
Salley Carson from Clayton's season joined the cast after the first Rose Ceremony wrapped, but she opted to leave before receiving much screentime. According to Carbone, producers "did her dirty and she wanted no part of being there anymore."
Rodney took Lace out on a date, and she reportedly gave him a rose at the second Rose Ceremony. Genevieve gave her rose to Aaron at the second Rose Ceremony but James was eliminated.
In a subsequent June 21 blog post, Carbone confirmed how Rodney and Aaron received roses at the second Rose Ceremony from Lace and Genevieve, respectively.
The spoiler blogger also revealed that at Rose Ceremony No. 2, Serene allegedly gave her rose to Brandon, Shanae offered her rose to Logan, Victoria asked Johnny to accept her rose, Sierra gave her rose to Michael, Brittany gave her rose to Andrew, and Jill handed her rose to Jacob.
Peter Izzo, the memorable "pizzapreneur" from Michelle's season, also joined the cast, only to take Brittany out on a date and then self-eliminate.
Before the third Rose Ceremony filmed, Bachelor in Paradise unleashed a new twist similar to the "Casa Amor" twist that has been featured on seasons of CBS' Love Island.
The "Casa Amor" twist sends one gender of cast members over to a different villa where they'd meet a brand-new group of singles of the opposite sex, ultimately putting the bonds and romances of pre-existing couples to the test.
According to Carbone, Paradise sent its bachelorettes to a new location in Mexico, where they were introduced to five handsome men. Meanwhile, five new women were brought in to meet the Paradise guys, who remained at the season's original resort.
Carbone isn't sure how long the twist lasted, but it was designed to cause drama and maybe even split up strong couples.
At the third Rose Ceremony of Bachelor in Paradise's eighth season, which reportedly just filmed on June 19, Carbone assumes the men handed out the roses and had to decide between the women whom they had been already coupled-up with or one of the newcomers.
While Carbone is still waiting for those results, he said Rodney dumped Lace for Eliza and two men, Olu and Rick, were sent home because they had failed to connect with anyone.
Bachelor in Paradise will be hosted by Jesse Palmer, who took to Instagram on June 9 and posted a photo of himself posing next to an "open" sign on a beach decorated with blankets, vases and lights.
"With the power vested in me, I now officially declare Paradise OPEN!!!" Jesse captioned the image, announcing that Bachelor in Paradise's eighth season had begun production.
Jesse, an ESPN sports analyst who starred on The Bachelor's fifth season back in 2004, is continuing his role as host of the franchise after hosting The Bachelor 26, which just wrapped on TV in March, and The Bachelorette 19.
Bachelor in Paradise's eighth season will continue to feature Wells Adams in his bartending role, and ABC entertainment president Craig Erwich hinted in May that the new season will star a captivating group of alums.
"When I think of some of the people they have in mind to come back for Bachelor in Paradise, I think it's going to continue to be a very watched and very discussed block of programming on Mondays and Tuesdays," Craig told Deadline.
ABC renewed Bachelor in Paradise for an eighth season back in April. The new season is expected to feature shocking twists, surprises, unexpected guests, and some unlikely relationships, per usual.