ABC has revealed a surprising twist in that Bachelor in Paradise will feature 25 former bachelors and bachelorettes, which is over a dozen more contestants than previously disclosed.
Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres on Monday, August 4 at 8PM ET/PT, will take place in Tulum, Mexico instead of the usual Los Angeles mansion. All of the contestants will be looking to get a second chance at finding love over the course of seven weeks with the group changing and evolving throughout the course of the season. Chris Harrison will resume his role as host.
Bachelor in Paradise will begin with 14 former The Bachelor and The Bachelorette cast members, eight women and only six men, arriving at the private beach in Tulum.
During the season's first Rose Ceremony, the six men will each be given a rose to hand out to one woman whom they'd like to spend more time getting to know. With an uneven number of bachelors and bachelorettes in the group, two women will be left without a rose and therefore sent home immediately.
Just as potential couples begin forming, Episode 2 will feature two new men arriving to the beach. For seven weeks, each episode will alternate between two new men or two new women joining the cast. The switch-ups may cause initial relationships to crumble and new relationships to blossom. Every week, the two contestants who fail to receive a rose will be forced to leave paradise.
According to the network, Bachelor in Paradise will allow its bachelors and bachelorettes to "explore new relationships, fall madly in love and suffer unexpected heartbreak. The romantic dating series will feature new twists, shocking surprises, unexpected guests and some of the most unlikely relationships in Bachelor history, plus all the usual romance, drama and tears."
The 14 first-episode arrivals and their ABC-supplied descriptions are as follows:
AshLee was falling hard for Sean so much so that she brought him home to meet her family. She thought they were taking their relationship to the next level, only to be sent home, shocked, after the overnight dates.
Ben came off as the bad guy who used his son to gain attention from Desiree and in turn, alienated the other guys in the process. He was later dumped by Des after an awkward two-on-one date. This time around, Ben is looking to rehabilitate his image and is ready to meet the love of his life.
After Juan Pablo humiliated Clare in a helicopter in St. Lucia, he rejected her at the proposal. Clare won America's heart by standing up for herself and putting Juan Pablo in his place after his offensive behavior.
Dylan tried to transform from a shy guy to the life of the party on Andi's season. Unfortunately, he was sent home the week before the hometown dates, just as he was starting to break out of his shell.
Elise opened up to Juan Pablo about her dying mother's dream that she would find love on The Bachelor. Unfortunately, their relationship failed to blossom and Juan Pablo sent her home.
- Graham Bunn, a 35-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (The Bachelorette, Season 4 starring DeAnna Pappas and Bachelor Pad 2)
Although Graham didn't find love with DeAnna, he tried his hand at love again on Bachelor Pad 2. After a short relationship with Michelle Money, Graham moved back to Los Angeles and after yet another recent breakup is ready to put his past behind him and see if the third time will be the charm for him.
A frontrunner from the start, Marcus fell head over heels for Andi. After his hometown date, however, Andi said goodbye and left Marcus absolutely devastated. He's coming to Paradise in an attempt to mend his broken heart and see if he is ready to love again.
- Marquel Martin, a 27-year-old from Las Vegas, NV (The Bachelorette, Season 10 starring Andi Dorfman)
Marquel never went on a one-on-one date nor did he kiss Andi during his time on The Bachelorette. Although he didn't find a connection, that didn't stop his charisma and incredibly good looks from making him a true fan favorite.
Michelle was very emotional on Jake's season of The Bachelor so she joined Bachelor Pad, Season 1 to fall in love but sadly didn't find it. She's coming to paradise to prove to everyone that she's not the self-proclaimed "crazy girl" she once was.
Known for her outspoken and aggressive humor on The Bachelor, this single mom showed a softer side with her loving relationship with Graham on Bachelor Pad, Season 2. Though the two have since broken up, they remain great friends.
- Robert Graham, a 31-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (The Bachelorette, Season 9 starring Desiree Hartsock)
Robert, the sign spinning entrepreneur went home before ever really having a chance to show Desiree who he is. Unfortunately for him, he dated one of Desiree's friends before the season began, which didn't work in his favor.
Brooks is remembered for sweeping Des off her feet and then staying true to his heart. During his time on The Bachelorette, he left Desiree right before a potential engagement because he wasn't feeling the intense connection and love that she did.
Chris was crushed when Emily let him go after his hometown date. Then he had a good run on Bachelor Pad only to fall short of winning $250,000 in the finale. Most recently, he attempted to let Andi know his feelings by crashing her cocktail party the first night, which didn't go according to plan. Now, this Bachelor all-star is back again.
Christy was very shy around Juan Pablo and never really got her relationship off the ground. Sadly, she was sent home after just three short weeks. She's coming to Paradise to try to finally break out of her shell.
- Cody Sattler, a 28-year-old from Chicago, IL (The Bachelorette, Season 10 starring Andi Dorfman)
Cody went on every group date during his time on Andi's season. He was sweet and humble but was unable to form a real connection with Andi and eventually was sent home on his first and only one-on-one date.
Danielle was shy and didn't do much to spark Juan Pablo's interest. Although she left early on, she learned a valuable lesson about opening up her heart in order to find love. This time around, she has her heart set on fan favorite, Marquel.
Jackie was a shy bombshell during Sean's season, coasting along until her two-on-one date with Sean and Tierra. She tried to warn Sean about Tierra's intentions, but in return she was sent packing.
- Jesse Kovacs, a 32-year-old from San Diego, CA (The Bachelorette, Season 5 starring Jillian Harris and Bachelor Pad 1)
Jesse may not have found love on Jillian's season of The Bachelorette, but he re-emerged as a strong contender on Bachelor Pad, Season 1 with then girlfriend Elizabeth Kitt. After a recent breakup, Jesse is back in the dating pool and is looking to jump into the deep end.
Kalon was a lightning rod for controversy on Emily's season before she sent him packing for making an offensive comment about her daughter. He returned on Bachelor Pad, Season 3 with a similar attitude. How will he fare in this new environment?
Lucy, the free spirit, was a little too hippy-ish for Juan Pablo's liking and was sent home after just a few weeks. Is her personality too bold for love or will the right guy bring out her soft side?
- Tasos Hernandez, a 30-year-old from Denver, CO (The Bachelorette, Season 10 starring Andi Dorfman)
Tasos is a nice guy with a genuine heart. On Andi's season, he started to develop serious feelings for her but was ultimately sent home after just four weeks.
- Zack Kalter, a 29-year-old from Los Angeles, CA (The Bachelorette, Season 9 starring Desiree Hartsock)
On Desiree's season, Zack showed up to the mansion the first night wearing a tuxedo and sneakers. Unfortunately, he didn't leave a lasting impression and Des wasn't able to able to find a connection, Zack went home in the fourth week.About The Author:Elizabeth Kwiatkowski
Elizabeth Kwiatkowski is Associate Editor of Reality TV World and has been covering the reality TV genre for more than a decade.