So now lets talk about “Bachelor in Paradise.” After being cancelled last season due to COVID, they are back in the same location down in Mexico, and filming began this past weekend. They will film for the next 3 weeks in June and it premieres on Monday, August 16th. “Bachelor in Paradise” as you know is an ever evolving cast. It usually starts with roughly 16-18 contestants, and usually 2-3 more of one sex, meaning the sex with the lower amount of contestants there are first to hand out roses. I don’t know which sex has more contestants there for original cast, and names will be ever changing. Remember, they now have FOUR different seasons of contestants to pull from who’ve never been in Paradise before – Peter’s Women, Clare/Tayshia’s Men, Matt’s Women, & Katie’s Men.
It’s impossible to know who they are going to choose to be in the original cast. But I would expect the cast to be released sometime in the next couple weeks. They always release the original cast after filming begins, and they leave out names of the current season airing (Katie’s Guys), until they are eliminated on her season. So what I’m going to give you here are a list of names you can expect to see down in Paradise this season. Some are already there, some are definitely original cast, some are on their way down there, and some haven’t left yet but you can expect to be down there. Remember, this is a show that by the end of the season, 32-35 people will have made an appearance at some point. So there’s a lot of people who will be on this show. What I’m giving you right now is NOT the full list. These are just the ones that I’ve heard will be on at some point. So please don’t ask, “What about so-and-so? Are you hearing about them?” The names I’ve heard up to this point, June 8th, are all listed below. Just because you don’t see someone’s name below that you either want to be on Paradise or they think might be, doesn’t mean they aren’t. I’m just giving you the names of the people that are either down there right now or are heading down there that I’ve heard. Also remember, it’s possible people are flown down to Mexico and then never make it on the show. So until someone walks onto that beach while cameras are rolling, that’s the only 100% confirmation of being on Paradise. So here are the names I have as of now:
Kelsey Weier (@kelsey_weier)
Victoria Paul (@victorianpaul)
Tammy Ly (@tammykayly)
Deandra Kanu (@deandrakanu)
Maurissa Gunn (@maurissagunn)
Mykenna Dorn (@mykenna)
Alexa Caves (@alexaraecaves)
Natasha Parker @natashaparker
Noah Erb (@noah_erb)
Chris Conran (@chrisconran)
Ivan Hall (@ivanbhall)
Chasen Nick (@chasennick)
Joe Park (@josephparkmd)
Kenny Braasch (@kennybraasch10)
Demar Jackson (djfromsocal)
Mari Pepin (@mari_pepin)
Abigail Heringer (@abigail_heringer)
Jessenia Cruz (@jesseniaa.cruz)
Alana Milne (@alanaamilne)
Chelsea Vaughn (@chelseavaughn_)
Serena Pitt (@serena_pitt)
Serena Chew (@serenerz_)
Victoria Larson (@victorialarson_)
As for Katie’s men, that’s the group that I haven’t heard who’s gonna be on yet. Well, except for one guy I know for sure is already down there, which probably means he’s original cast. I said last night on Twitter I had a spoiler regarding Connor the Cat today. Well, that’s the spoiler. Connor Brennan (@connorfalcon) is going to be on Paradise and is down there now. “But Steve, he posted on his IG feed yesterday.” Yes, he did. Well, whoever’s running his account did. Social media activity is never to be taken as 100% confirmation of something. And yes, there will definitely be others from Katie’s season who will be on Paradise. Some I’m sure are already there right now and in original cast. I just haven’t confirmed anyone yet outside of Connor.
Some other “Bachelor in Paradise” notes:
-I have not heard if any “Listen To Your Heart” contestants will be appearing this season.
-I’ve heard that exes Kendall Long and Grocery Joe will both be down there.
-You probably saw the story last week that Chris Harrison will not be part of BIP and they will do kind of a rotating host thing with former alums and some celebs. The only celeb at this point who will host at some point is David Spade. For those that don’t know, Spade is obsessed with the Bachelor franchise, does recaps every week on his social and, well, definitely is friendly with a few females in the franchise. Nick and his girlfriend are down there to host, and Wells and Sarah are down there too. I expect the usual cast of alums to make appearances.
If/when I hear more names that are either down there or already back, I will let you know.
June 8, 2021 at 10:14 AM
I did not care for the double host combo at all. That was just a bad idea. They should have had one or the other.
June 8, 2021 at 10:56 AM
I really liked the Kaitlyn and Tayshia combo. It allows not only for them to interact with Katie, but for them to comment on the goings on in a way that couldn’t happen with just one host. It’s like a fun girl group. And since they are both engaged there is no actual competition from them for the guys. I did think Katie worrying about having to “handle this on her own” and having K&T surprise her was ridiculous. No way could she have possibly thought ABC was sending her out there without a “chaperone.” And I’m sure they all met plenty of times beforehand to cement their friendship and help with chemistry. Overall not a bad first night.
June 8, 2021 at 12:46 PM
I had no reaction to the double hostess. But it was an ok first night. Some of the scenes were amusing. Kimmel was so funny with the OMG. And yeah glad you are having your party – can’t go but glad we are normal enough to have it.
I really tried to find the jerk that said that horrible thing to Ashley but as you said taken down. I was going to give her a piece of my mind. I was appalled just blown away at how mean it was. Not that it would do any good – people are not nice these days.
Just an observation – I don’t think you should shy away from what you report. So many of the Bachelor world has reached out to you to help when false information is published etc….so all of this is nonsense and foolishness. Can we just go back to spoilers and fun stuff and stop with all the toxic. Sheez
June 8, 2021 at 1:31 PM
Rather than watching the same, boring, rehashed storylines this season, after watching every episode of all prior 42 seasons, I’m binge watching Bachelor Canada and Married at First Sight instead this summer. Still may tune in for BIP though…
June 8, 2021 at 2:49 PM
I didn’t mind the two hosts last night and really don’t care that Harrison is no longer taking part.
I am disappointed to have to see Nick “slushy voice thirst trap try hard” Viall on BIP. He is insufferable.
June 9, 2021 at 8:07 AM
Nick “slushy voice thirst trap try hard” Viall. LOL
June 14, 2021 at 7:49 PM
June 14, 2021 at 7:57 PM
Nick Viall has to one of the smarmiest, oiliest bohunks ever. I quite literally cringe whenever that leering smile crosses the screen. Isn’t his 15 minutes up yet? Who is he blackmailing to keep getting more on-air time? I’m truly trying to curb my instincts here and not unleash a litany of abusive slurs on the cur so I’m signing off. I try to contain myself but I usually escape! ?
June 17, 2021 at 12:17 PM
What is with the paranoia of people who are vaccinated worried to be around people who are not vaccinated? What is the point of being vaccinated if you are still afraid of those who aren’t? It just doesn’t make any sense. Shaking my head.
June 17, 2021 at 12:20 PM
And if the people who are paranoid or worried about someone spreading the virus that is easily squashed by asking for a current Covid test to attend the party, easy Peasy.
June 17, 2021 at 12:27 PM
It was not at all surprising to me that Chris Harrison was leaving the franchise. Once someone gets a bit of a spanking and time off they start hearing all of the he said she said stuff that has been going on behind their back‘s and they realize that there are other opportunities I had for them so it usually does end and they’re not returning to their job. I expected this from the moment Chris announced time off. I knew it would be permanent, it just makes sense.