'Bachelor Pad's second season begins filming, cast reports surface
By Reality TV World staff, 06/09/2011
Bachelor Pad's second season will reportedly include at least one former The Bachelor couple.
Former The Bachelor: On the Wings of Love couple Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi are two of the contestants competing to win a $250,000 grand prize on the second season of The Bachelor franchise's Big Brother-like Bachelor Pad spinoff, Peoplereported Thursday.
In addition to Pavelka and Girardi, the cast of Bachelor Pad's second season -- which began taping on Tuesday and will premiere on ABC on Monday, August 8 -- also includes former The Bachelorette bachelors Kasey Kahl and Justin Rego and former The Bachelor bachelorettes Erica Rose and Michelle Money, according to People.
According to Entertainment Weekly, the cast will also include Jackie Gordon, who unsuccessfully attempted to win Brad Womack's heart on The Bachelor's fifteenth season earlier this year.
On Wednesday night, Entertainment Weeklyphotographed Pavelka and Gordon enjoying a private dinner date at the El Capitan theater in Los Angeles -- suggesting one of the two won the competition's first challenge and then opted to take the other on the date they received.
While ABC is not expected to formally announce the show's cast until next month, The Bachelor host Chris Harrison has confirmed Bachelor Pad's second season is currently filming.
"Moved the cast into Bachelor Pad last night. 1st comp today. Amazing cast. This season will blow your mind in Aug!" Harrison wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Pavelka presented his final rose and a marriage proposal to Girardi -- and she accepted -- during The Bachelor: On the Wings ofLove's finale, which aired in March 2010 and was filmed the prior fall.
However the couple split three months later and engaged in a mud-slinging "he said, she said" battle in the press afterwards, leading to a heavily-promoted joint interview with Harrison which aired during Ali Fedotowsky's season of The Bachelorette last summer.
Pavelka and Girardi continued to argue heatedly and take shots at each other during the interview, which ended with Girardi storming off crying after Pavelka raised his voice while asking her to stop interrupting him as he attempted to answer Harrison's questions.
Kahl and Rego both unsuccessfully competed for Fedotowsky's heart on last summer's sixth season of The Bachelorette.
While Kahl -- who is reportedly currently dating Girardi -- is best for remembered a sincere pledge to "guard and protect" Fedotowsky's heart, Rego, an aspiring wrestler, was the focus of a controversy in which he quit the show after Fedotowsky discovered he allegedly had a girlfriend back home and only came on the show for publicity.
Rose -- an outspoken and judgmental self-styled socialite who wore a tiara -- competed for the affections of Lorenzo Borghese on The Bachelor: Rome, which aired in 2006. She later appeared on the first season of You're Cut Off!, an intervention-like reality competition for spoiled young women which aired on VH1 in 2010.
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Like Gordon, Money, a "misunderstood" villainess, also appeared on Womack's second edition of The Bachelor earlier this year.