Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul
[WARNING: The following contains many juicy spoilers from the season finale of Bachelor in Paradise. Read at your own risk!]
Bachelor in Paradise wrapped up its freshman season with an ending even the producers couldn't have predicted at the start — an engagement!
Bachelor in Paradise
Summer may be winding down, but Monday nights are just heating up with the premiere of ABC's newest reality show, Bachelor in Paradise.
The latest spin-off from the Bachelor/Bachelorette franchise, this seven-episode series features past Bachelor and Bachelorette contestants living in an isolated, romantic Mexican locale, where they'll take another shot at finding love. The premiere (8/7c) begins with the arrival of eight women and six men, and after a series of dates, each man chooses one woman at the first rose ceremony. But while two ladies leave by the end of the opener, new cast members arrive to shake things up each week.
Meet the cast of Bachelor in Paradise
"With Bachelor Pad, you got caught up in the game, so that's why we tore it apart and retooled it," host Chris Harrison tells TVGuide.com. "It became about money, and our show and franchise was never about that. So I think people will love that Bachelor in Paradise is about what makes The Bachelor and The Bachelorette great — only it's not just [one guy or one girl]. It's that times 10, which leads to love triangles, drama and amazing dates. If you love Bachelor or Bachelorette you won't not be addicted to it."
Clare Crawley, Graham Bunn
A new wave of Bachelor and Bachelorette alums are returning to TV for another shot at
Bachelor in Paradise, which premieres August 4 on ABC, features previous contestants sharing a house in an isolated romantic paradise. Unlike Bachelor Pad, known for its drunken debacles, hook-ups, competitions and prize money, this installment is simply about finding love. Check out the cast as it stands now -- three more men from Andi's current season will announce later — be announced —below.
AshLee Frazier and Michael Garofola
Bachelor star AshLee Frazier may not have found love with Sean Lowe, but it seems like another member of the Bachelor Nation has stolen her heart: Frazier is currently dating Bachelorette alum Michael Garofola.
Who's the new Bachelor? Viewers will find out during the "After the Finale Rose" special that airs immediately following The Bachelorette finale, ABC President Paul Lee told TVGuide.com.
While most seasons indicate an obvious choice for the next season, heading into the final episode there isn't a fan favorite. After Brooks broke Desiree's heart in the penultimate episode ...
Desiree Hartsock and Ben
Talk about an awkward week on The Bachelorette. First Bryden tells Desiree he's going to leave the show — while she's middle of a date with someone else — and then during their two-on-one date, Michael berates Ben until Ben has to take a breather outside. Finally, the men have had enough of James and plan to tell Des he's not there for the right reasons, but once the cocktail party is cancelled and there's no time for the guys to talk to her, he survives another week. Does Chris Harrison believe the guys or does he side with James? And does he think she made the right move on the two-on-one date? Plus: Why is he skeptical of Brooks?
James, Desiree Hartsock
The Bachelorette is usually lighthearted and full of fun, but this week's episode, which incorporated the tragedy caused by Hurricane Sandy, had a more serious tone.
As part of the episode's one-on-one date, Desiree and James headed to the New Jersey shore where they met a couple whose home was destroyed and who had to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary in a Red Cross shelter. Des and James then gave the couple their date and instead spent their night grabbing pizza and eventually joining the couple for a private concert by Darius Rucker.
Brian and Desiree
A week after rapping about being on The Bachelorette for "the right reasons," one suitor proved he was the opposite but genuine when his girlfriend showed up to confront him.
On Monday's episode, Brian's apparent girlfriend Stephanie came to the mansion to confront him for being on the show. (She says she just thought her boyfriend was merely going away on a trip.) Joining the ranks of Wes from Jillian's season, Justin from Ali's season and Bentley from Ashley's season, Brian showed he had ulterior motives and was ultimately dismissed for his dishonesty.
We never thought we'd discuss The Bachelorette and Soulja Boy in the same sentence. Nevertheless, worlds collided when the rapper helped Desiree and some of her men make a rap video mocking the notorious claim that some contestants aren't on the show for "the right reasons." In our weekly chat with host Chris Harrison, he shares the behind-the-scenes scoop on making the music video and explains why frontrunner Ben is causing a stir in the house. Plus: Is the preview for next week's girlfriend scandal a red herring?