One thing we already know about summer 2021: We'll be able to spend the season living vicariously through a group of very photogenic twentysomethings as they chug tropical drinks and attempt to fall in love with each other. That's right, folks: Bachelor in Paradise is coming back! The seventh season will premiere on ABC on Monday, August 16, and be hosted by a range of celebrity comedians, including David Spade, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon, in lieu of Chris Harrison; Wells Adams will serve as "master of ceremonies."
The series was forced to take a year off in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but the powers that be over at ABC scrambled to bring the no-holds-barred Bachelor spinoff back in time for the summer of 2021. While ABC has released a cast list of 20 Bachelor alums who will be in Paradise this season, there will be up to 20 more cast members joining them whose names haven't yet been released.
When will Bachelor in Paradise air in 2021?
Bachelor in Paradise will begin airing on ABC on August 16, 2021, between Katie and Michelle Young's back-to-back seasons of The Bachelorette. It filmed over a period of three weeks in June 2021. Wells Adams, who returned home from filming at the end of June, confirmed to Us Weekly: "There are some twists and turns that I was shocked by, and I never thought would ever happen on the show. And I think people are really, really going to love this season."
Is there a trailer for Bachelor in Paradise yet?
Yes! On July 26, the official teaser trailer aired during the Men Tell All special. Behold:
We see Ivan Hall say to the camera, "This is what dreams are made of," and Tahzjuan Hawkins say sarcastically, "Who knew Paradise could be so crazy?" In less than 30 seconds, we also see tears, arguing, and capital-D Drama.
Who's on the cast of Bachelor in Paradise?
Four seasons of The Bachelor and Bachelorette have aired in the two years since the last group of Bachelor Nation alums flew to Mexico, meaning there were more than 100 (!) eliminated contestants to choose from for this season of BiP.
Confirmed Bachelor in Paradise Contestants
On July 8, ABC announced the first 20 contestants of Bachelor in Paradise, with up to 20 more joining them whose names haven't yet been released:
- Abigail Heringer
- Brendan Morais
- Deandra Kanu
- Ivan Hall
- Jessenia Cruz
- Joe Amabile
- Karl Smith
- Kelsey Weir
- Kenny Braasch
- Mari Pepin-Solis
- Maurissa Gunn
- Natasha Parker
- Noah Erb
- Serena Chew
- Serena Pitt
- Tahzjuan Hawkins
- Tammy Ly
- Victoria Larson
- Victoria Paul
Here they all are:
Following the cast announcement, Victoria Paul, who you'll remember from Peter's season, called out Bachelor producers for heavily editing her headshot, writing: "what filter is this @bachelorinparadise ????" alongside candid photos she shared wearing the same dress on Instagram.
Another Bachelor in Paradise cast photo that's been scrutinized: Victoria Larsen's. You'll remember Larsen from Matt James's season—Larsen was ultimately kicked off the show by Matt after being accused of bullying multiple contestants—and she's changed her look for Paradise:
On TikTok, Larsen responded to trolls' comments about her new look, saying: "Hit ’em with a plot twist anytime you want, sis. It’s your life and shout out to my Botox girl. I looked good both ways. Don’t get it twisted."
Unconfirmed (But Rumored) Contestants
We also have an unofficial list of people who, per Reality Steve and other sources, are rumored to join the above cast in Paradise. These former contestants include:
- Kit Keenan
- Becca Kufrin
- Demi Burnett
- Tia Booth
- Chelsea Vaughn
- Joe Park
- Madison Prewett
- Connor Saeli
- Connor Brennan
- Kendall Long
- Demar Jackson
- Ed Waisbrot
- Pieper James
- Mykenna Dorn
- Chris Randone
- Victoria Fuller
- Connor Brennan
- Clay Harbor
Particularly notable in the Bachelor in Paradise 2021 cast (both confirmed and not-yet-confirmed):
- Becca Kufrin, who will be the first Bachelorette to make it to Paradise
- Victoria Fuller, a "villain" who was last seen quarantining with Chris Soules
- Joe Amabile and his ex-fiancé Kendall Long, who are both returning to Paradise—but not together
- Chris Randone, recently divorced from another Bachelor alum, Krystal Nielson
- Abigail Heringer, the fan-favorite from Matt's season
- Clay Harbor, whose cousin Andrew makes it to the final four Thurston's season (so maybe they'll be there together?)
But many Bachelor Nation alums have already announced that they will not be returning for round two of competitive broadcast dating due to its recent racist controversies. Matt James, for one, said on The Bill Simmons Podcast that BiP is "not in my cards." And his second runner-up, Bri Springs, said on the Here for the Right Reasons podcast that she would "need to see kind of some tangible change from the show in order for me to put myself back in that situation." Kelley Flanagan has gone on the record to say that she won't go. And Blake Horstmann, who caused quite the stir in the last Paradise, wrote on Instagram: “Ya know it was close. I went through some testing etc. but at the end of the day, I didn’t feel it was right for me."
Where will Bachelor in Paradise be filmed?
Since season two, Bachelor in Paradise has filmed at the Playa Escondida resort in Sayulita, Mexico. We know for sure that the 2021 edition of the show filmed in Mexico, but we haven't gotten confirmation that it's at the Playa Escondida resort specifically. All Variety reported was that the season will take place at "a romantic resort in Mexico."
Who will host Bachelor in Paradise?
With Chris Harrison ejected as host, the show will likely take the opportunity to "audition" talent in Paradise for the role of permanent host. For now, we know that a range of celebrity guest hosts will be filling in, including David Spade, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon. Burgess told Page Six: "Non-scripted TV is my guilty pleasure. I absolutely love it. I’ll be like a hog in shit hosting this show.” He isn't concerned about people not being there for the "right reasons," joking: "I’m not there for the right reasons!”
In June, Wells confirmed that his role on Bachelor in Paradise will expand to include "master of ceremonies." He joked to ET: "I think they couldn’t convince some of the celebrities to stay up as late as you have to for cocktail parties and rose ceremonies...I'm there bartending, so they’re like, 'Yeah, throw Wells in, he'll do a good job!" It's also possible, per Reality Steve, that his wife-to-be, Modern Family's Sarah Hyland, may step in to join him.
What happens on Bachelor in Paradise this season?
Spoilers began trickling in just as soon as filming started in June. Apparently, Brendan Morais (from Tayshia's season) and Pieper James (from Matt's) are a thing, but both ultimately leave the island—potentially because they were dating pre-Paradise and the other contestants got upset about their not being there for the quote-unquote right reasons, according to Reality Steve.
We have another couple in Noah Erb and Abigail Heringer, who are one of the couples of the season, per RS, although apparently Noah dumps Abigail and both of them leave single. And Demi Burnett is back—she got engaged on the last edition of Paradise to her then-girlfriend, but they split up shortly after—and she gives her first rose to Kenny Braasch. But after that, Kenny "chooses" Mari over Demi, apparently.
The final couples, according to Reality Steve, are:
- Joe Amabile and Serena Pitt
- Kenny Braasch and Mari Pepin
- Riley Christian and Maurissa Gunn
All three of those couples choose to leave Paradise together, and all three get engaged, according to RS. Joe and Serena were also photographed out and about in Chicago, confirming that they are very much together (and presumably engaged).
Some other tidbits: Kendall Long, who found love with Amabile two years ago on Paradise, has a hard time seeing him fall for Serena and ends up leaving Paradise, also per RS. (Clearly, Serena and Joe fell hard for each other, since they got engaged just weeks after meeting–can you imagine having to watch your ex in that situation?) Ivan Hall plays a major role, romancing both Jessenia Cruz and Kendall Long, but he ultimately leaves Paradise alone. Victoria Paul reportedly leaves to be with a boyfriend back home.
Meanwhile, former Bachelorette Bella Kufrin is "right in the middle of things," says Reality Steve. Specifically, she and Thomas become a thing—as in Thomas Jacobs, the guy who Katie Thurston sent home after he told the other contestants that he'd consider being the next Bachelor. Ultimately, Becca decides to break things off and leave Paradise single. (Katie, for her part, said on Nick Viall's podcast: "I am nervous for any woman that interacts with Thomas honestly. He’s a smooth talker. I wouldn’t be surprised if he recycles some lines with me on some of these women...If he’s on Paradise, I don’t care who he’s with, I’m gonna be like ‘Watch out, girl.’”)