“The Bachelorette” with Andi Dorfman may be over, but fans of the ABC reality series are in for a special summer treat. On Monday, Aug. 4, former contestants of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” are returning for a second chance at love on “Bachelor in Paradise.”
During the premiere episode of “Bachelor in Paradise,” 14 contestants from seven seasons of “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” will arrive in Tulum, Mexico. With the help of an arrival party and date cards, the cast members will get to know each other and develop romantic relationships. Like the other shows in the franchise, roses will be at stake. However, there is a pretty major twist in the series. In episode 1, “the men will hand out a rose to someone they’d like to spend more time getting to know.” If a woman doesn’t receive a rose … she will “leave paradise forever.”
The game is on as the former eliminated contestants of the past try to make a connection in hopes of staying in paradise and finding their soul mate. So, who will be featured in the premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise”? Check out the first-arrival cast members for episode 1:
Prepare to welcome back AshLee Frazier of Sean Lowe’s Season 17 of “The Bachelor.” Viewers will remember that AshLee, 33, fell hard for Sean and made it all the way to the hometown dates. But unfortunately she didn’t make it much further than that. While the Houston native did make it to the “Fantasy Suite” date, Sean eliminated her following their overnight.
Clare Crawley holds a special place in the hearts of “The Bachelor” viewers. The 33-year-old Sacramento, California native was famously rejected by Juan Pablo Galavis during the Season 18 finale -- but not before she gave him a piece of her mind. After Juan Pablo made an inappropriate comment to her -- reportedly about an off-camera hookup -- Clare went off on Juan Pablo and told him that she lost all respect for him and that she would “never want” her children having a father like him. He made the situation worse by saying, “Oof, glad I didn’t pick her,” after she left.
Daniella McBride, 26, of Los Angeles, California, didn’t have a memorable stint on “The Bachelor.” She made it seven weeks in on Sean Lowe’s Season 17, but never received a one-on-one date. Her time on the show ended with her leaving in tears.
Elise Mosca was another reject of Juan Pablo Galavis’s Season 18 of “The Bachelor.” Viewers will remember that the 27-year-old from Los Angeles told Juan Pablo that her dying mother’s dream was for her to find love on “The Bachelor.” But unfortunately that never happened.
Lacy Faddoul had a brief stint on Season 18 of “The Bachelor” with Juan Pablo Galavis. Lacy, a 26-year-old caregiver from La Jolla, California, was eliminated during the first night.
“Bachelor in Paradise” is Michelle Kujawa’s third series with ABC. The 30-year-old from Anaheim, California first appeared on Season 14 of “The Bachelor” with Jake Pavelka before moving onto Season 1 of “Bachelor Pad.” Michelle’s goal on the show is to find love and “prove to everyone that she’s not the self-proclaimed ‘crazy girl’ she once was.”
“Bachelor in Paradise” is also Michelle Money’s third time on an ABC series. Michelle, 33, of Salt Lake City, Utah, first appeared on Brad Womack’s Season 16 of “The Bachelor.” She then moved onto Season 2 of “Bachelor Pad” where she developed a relationship with Graham Bunn. The single mom’s relationship with Graham didn’t work out, but the pair remain great friends.
Sarah Herron was featured on Sean Lowe’s Season 17 of “The Bachelor.” The 27-year-old Los Angeles, California native won America over as she dated Sean and tried to live life to the fullest with one arm. She’s returning for “Bachelor in Paradise” with “a newfound confidence.”
Ben Scott received a bad rap while appearing on Desiree Hartsock’s Season 9 of “The Bachelorette.” The 30-year-old single dad from Dallas, Texas alienated the other contestants while trying to get closer to Desiree and was labeled the Season 9 villain. He was ultimately eliminated by Desiree during an awkward two-on-one date. Ben is supposedly “looking to rehabilitate his image and is ready to meet the love of his life.”
Dylan Petit was a cast off of Andi Dorfman’s Season 10 of “The Bachelorette.” Initially coming off as shy, Dylan, 26, of Boston, Massachusetts, started opening up towards the end of his time on “The Bachelorette.” Unfortunately he was eliminated the week before hometown dates though.
“Bachelor in Paradise” is Graham Bunn’s third ABC reality show. The 35-year-old Los Angeles, California resident was featured on Season 4 of “The Bachelorette” with Deanna Pappas and Season 2 of “Bachelor Pad.” His relationship with Deanna on “The Bachelorette” failed and he attempted to move on with Michelle Money on “Bachelor Pad,” however that relationship too didn’t work out. He’s now hoping that his third time will be a charm.
Marcus Grodd recently had his heart broken while on Season 10 of “The Bachelorette” with Andi Dorfman. The shy contestant was a frontrunner and made it all the way to hometown dates. However in the end Andi chose to eliminate him and take Chris, Josh and Nick to the “Fantasy Suite” dates. He was devastated over the break up but hoping to mend his broken heart on “Bachelor in Paradise.”
Marquel Martin won viewers over when he appeared on Season 10 of “The Bachelorette” with Andi Dorfman. But unfortunately the 27-year-old Las Vegas, Nevada native didn’t win over Andi’s heart. They may have shared cookies, but they didn’t share a connection. He was eliminated before getting a one-on-one date or a kiss.
Robert Graham received a raw deal on Season 9 of “The Bachelorette” with Desiree Hartsock. Prior to appearing on the show, Robert dated one of Desiree’s friends. Needless to say, that didn’t work in his favor.
As fans can see, there are eight women … but only six men. You can watch the drama unfold in the season premiere of “Bachelor in Paradise” on ABC on Monday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. EDT.
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