Spoilers ahead for Bachelor in Paradise season six. Right now, we're still in the middle of Hannah Brown's Bachelorette season (there's a hefty amount of drama, so you should definitely be watching), but we're already getting some behind-the-scenes insight on the cast of Bachelor in Paradise. The bananas-crazy show returns to us on August 5, and promises to bring some fan faves and at least one very divisive character to the proceedings.
With less than two months to wait, what do we know about who'll be on the show? Bachelor expert Reality Steve, fans, hints from the show itself, and other outlets have all come together to give us some insight. Here's what we were able to find out so far.
One particular Bachelorette villain probably won't be there.
TV Insider initially thought Luke Parker should be on the show way back when Hannah's season started...which I don't necessarily agree with. There's a villain edit to make a character look more aggressive than they actually are, and then there's the contestant who actually disrupts the show. Luke feels like the latter, currently, so it might be unusual for the producers to take a chance on bringing someone in like that. Then again, Luke posted on social media that he wasn't thrilled with his own behavior early on.
Now that the season has wrapped, there aren't any indicators that he's come anywhere near the show. No glimpses of him in trailers, nothing from show spoilers, nothing to indicate that producers are considering him for future shows. Luke had quite an impact throughout The Bachelorette and even had a long, awkward, drawn out segment from "Men Tell All," but that's the very last we've heard from him. For his part, Luke hasn't commented too much about the show since being very vocal during the last few episodes of his time on the show.
Here's everything we know so far about that particular situation.
The two guys who get into a fistfight are...
Jordan Kimball and Christian Estrada. Both are from Becca's season, both come in later instead of being part of the original cast. Christian's name was initially floated as a possibility for this season, but Jordan's a bit of a surprise. They (spoiler) fight over a piñata—big eyeroll, guys—and Jordan reportedly "bodyslams" Christian. Both have to leave the show. Yea, good call, producers.
Not an actual fistfight, but two bachelors who also get into an altercation are John Paul Jones and Derek Peth. There are rumors that it might be in connection with Tayshia, and it's what potentially causes Derek to leave the show. So, that'll be just as interesting to watch even though it likely won't require security to intervene.
A Bachelorette fan favorite is there.
Mike Johnson went to Paradise, guys. He's only in the trailer for a moment, but that's definitely him holding Caelynn's hand in the pink shirt around 0:16.
Colton Underwood and Nick Viall also went on BiP before becoming the Bachelor of their seasons, so TBD about what this means for Mike. But as a guest star, this could either go really well or really badly. The fact that he's not an original cast member brings me some hope, though, that he stays away from some of the madness.
We also know that Tyler Cameron won't be on Bachelor in Paradise, because he has to have drinks with Hannah! (Heart eye emoji) Also, no Jed Wyatt on BiP, because after that epic breakup with Hannah due to his alleged behavior before and after the show, he's probably not going to get much air time in terms of Bachelor Nation shows. He got some rough questions on "After the Final Rose," and that seemed to be a pretty final, definitive ending to his arc.
We got a first trailer!
All right, so in this footage we definitely got a look at Demi, John Paul Jones, Blake (ohhhh Blake—so much drama to come from you), Tayshia (yaaaaay!), Wills, Hannah G., Cam, Derek, Dean with the most ridiculous mustache I think I might have seen on anyone's face, Nicole on a mechanical bull, and probably a couple people in the background I might have missed.
We didn't get any of the much-loved Clay, nor did we get Annaliese, Bibiana, Chris, Jane, Katie, Kevin, Onyeka, or Sydney that I could see. Obviously we're not going to get any hints at special guests to come on the show later, although...
We know Connor Saeli will be there.
Connor, the guy who left Hannah a bunch of notes when she was sick, as well as Whitney Fransway (from Nick's Bachelor season) will reportedly be on the show. Connor ended up becoming a fan fave on Hannah's Bachelorette season, so this will likely please a whole bunch of people.
And we have insight into the first eliminations.
If you absolutely love Bibiana, Annaliese, or Jane, then I have terrible news for you:
Also, that's a good look at some initial pairings.
We have the official cast list.
At long last, we got our original cast list directly from ABC. Ones that weren't initially spoiled and are coming as a surprise have a star by their names. Here's who we're looking at definitively:
- Annaliese Puccini* (Arie's season and Bachelor in Paradise 5)
- Bibiana Julian (Arie's season, Bachelor Winter Games, Bachelor in Paradise 5)
- Blake Horstmann (Becca's season)
- Caelynn Miller-Keyes (Colton's season, third runner up)
- Cam Ayala (Hannah's season, pity rose guy)
- Chris Bukowski* (Emily's season, Andi's season, Bachelor Pad Season 3, and BiP Seasons 1 and 2)
- Clay Harbor (Becca's season)
- Demi Burnett (Colton's season)
- Derek Peth (JoJo's season, Bachelor in Paradise 4—where he got engaged, but apparently is back for more! 'Bach' for more, more like. Lol. Sorry, that was terrible.)
- Hannah Godwin (Colton's season, first runner up)
- Jane Averbukh* (Colton's season)
- John Paul Jones (Hannah's season, some people want him to be The Bachelor)
- Katie Morton* (Colton's season)
- Kevin Fortenberry (Hannah's season, got injured)
- Nicole Lopez-Alvar (Colton's season, cried a lot)
- Onyeka Ehie (Colton's season, had issues with Nicole)
- Sydney Lotuaco (Colton's season, warned Colton about duplicitous bachelorettes)
- Tayshia Adams (Colton's season, first runner up tied with Hannah)
- Wills Reid* (Becca's season and BiP Season 5)
Granted, this does not include every single person appearing on the season, but it is a good start. It doesn't mean that some individuals who aren't on this list don't play a role, so stay tuned.
There are more rumored names!
On top of the initial list, there are some additional contestants that Reality Steve currently knows about or has heard rumors of. If they show up, they'd likely be injected into the mix once the show/drama is already in full flow. Here are those names:
- Heather Martin (the young lady who went from "never been kissed" to "kissed by Colton" on last season's Bachelor. I'm hoping we can come up with different descriptors for her this go-round.)
- Kirpa Sudick (Colton's season, got mixed up in some of that "which women are here for the wrong reasons" drama and intrigued fans when she mysteriously had a bandaid on her chin)
- Kristina Schulman (Nick’s season and Bachelor in Paradise 4)
- Haley Ferguson (Ben's season)
- Jen Saviano (also Ben's season)
- Brooks Forester (Desiree's season, although this one is apparently a big maybe)
- Christian Estrada (eliminated Becca's season night one, although, again, this one is a big maybe)
- Joe Barsano (Hannah's season, a.k.a. the Box King)
- Matt Donald (Hannah's season, the farmer)
There might be a surprise guest—and Bachelor newbie.
Some of these original cast members are generating some on-screen draaaaama, let me tell you. One of the pieces of information is that reportedly Demi Burnett comes out as bisexual on the show, her girlfriend Kristian Haggerty (who, as far I can tell, has never been an official part of Bachelor Nation before) is brought on by producers, and is able to stay thanks to a date card. Soooo wow. That's going to be big, especially since there hasn't been a same-sex couple on the show before.
Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson will get married on air.
Two big BiP fan favorites will apparently appear on the show—because they'll be getting married! Chris and Krystal are getting hitched, with Chris Harrison officiating, at the site of their first date at the Vidanta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta. Even better? Apparently, the wedding will not only serve as a little romantic interlude amidst the (likely) crazy drama of the show, but will also bring together some other members of Bachelor Nation from past seasons to commemorate the big event.
According to People (which has a photo of the pair in their wedding attire), "Former Paradise castmates and Bachelor stars were on hand, including Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Becca Kufrin, and Ben Higgins, to witness the I Do’s."
So this is going to be a big season for cast members both past and present. Krystal also posted this photo, but it's unknown if it was taken on their big day (the dress looks different, so it's probably a throwback and also a hint to their wedding):
Super cute! I can't wait to watch how it plays out on the show.
My faaaaavorite bachelorette from last season of The Bachelor—who was rumored to be considered as The Bachelorette—was spotted whizzing around in a golf cart. She's en route to some sort of Mexico-beach shenanigans, most likely. And good for her. Go Tayshia go!
Dylan from The Bachelorette is in too.
Welp, I guess we know how his time with Hannah Brown went. We haven't actually seen a ton of Dylan Barbour this season, but we know that he is part of SOME drama on the show. Chris Harrison said he was one to watch, so I'm waiting.
Hannah G. is there!
So the final two ladies from Colton's season are both in Paradise together looking for love. Intriguing! Lots of people loved Hannah Godwin, so I'm not surprised.
We may know general numbers and percentages for contestants.
Looking at previous seasons can often help dictate what producers plan to do in future seasons. Since season 1, in which producers were probably experimenting with the format, the numbers have grown overall and usually include over 50 percent of contestants from the previous Bachelor/Bachelorette season:
Season 1: 25 (12 girls, 13 guys) 11/25 44% (Juan Pablo’s women, Andi’s men)
Season 2: 29 (16 girls, 13 guys) 17/29 59% (Chris’ women, Kaitlyn’s men)
Season 3: 30 (16 girls, 15 guys) 20/33 61% (Ben H’s women, JoJo’s men)
Season 4: 33 (16 girls, 17 guys) 23/33 70% (Nick’s women, Rachel’s men)
Season 5: 35 (17 girls, 18 guys) 22/35 63% (Arie’s women, Becca’s men)
"So it’s safe to say at least 60% of this year’s cast will be made up of Colton’s women and Hannah’s men," says Reality Steve.
Thus far, we potentially know some of the contestants, thanks to the above, but that means there are plenty more to be announced or brought on later. Reality Steve has some more potential names, but nothing's confirmed.
We'll update when we know more!
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