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."
Andi Dorfman and Josh Murray
After one of the toughest seasons in the show's history — and certainly the most tragic — The Bachelorette has ended with a happy engagement.
The last suitor to exit the limo on the first night, Josh caught Andi's attention immediately, but she remained skeptical of him because he was a former pro athlete. Still, the Tampa native remained a frontrunner and eventually won her over. In fact, she was so smitten that she dumped Nick the morning of the final rose ceremony. After Andi was finally able to profess her love, Josh got down on one knee, proposed and she said, "Yes!"
Chris Harrison and Chris Soules
It was a night of several firsts on The Bachelorette's "Men Tell All."
On the season's penultimate episode, the majority of Andi's rejected suitors gathered to rehash the season with host Chris Harrison. But in addition to some very heated conversations, the show also brought back happily married couple Ashley and J.P. to talk about their exciting baby news — and get a live ultrasound! (Yes, you read that right.) The two hours also included an inquisitive audience member interrupting Chris' hot-seat time for what became somewhat of a mini-date. But was it all staged? And did the men really get everything off their chests? We were on the scene to figure out what went on behind the scenes! Plus: Harrison, Andi and some of the guys share their take on the night and give a preview of the finale.
Chris Harrison, Andi Dorfman
Bachelorette host Chris Harrison wastes no time asking Andi the most pressing question on Monday's Men Tell All episode: Is she pregnant?
Every season, the show's rejected men and women reunite to hash out the season, while the star gets to come face-to-face with all of their exes. Monday's episode is also a chance for Harrison to address rumors, including the recent — and very ridiculous -- one that Andi is pregnant after her Fantasy Suite dates.
Andi Dorfman, Eric
There's no handbook for how to proceed when a reality show contestant passes away and there certainly hasn't been much precedence for how to handle it if it happens while the show is still filming. When Eric Hill tragically died shortly after his exit from The Bachelorette, it wasn't a question if it would be addressed, but producers were faced with whether or not they should film and subsequently broadcast the remaining cast learning of the horrific accident.
The Bachelorette host on Eric's final episode: It's hard to know the right thing to do
On Monday's episode, following Andi's hometown dates with Marcus, Josh, Nick and Chris, host Chris Harrison sat the five down in his living room to explain what had happened. Viewers watched as the group was given the shocking news and as Andi broke down remembering her last conversation with Eric. Eventually, the episode turned to a one-on-one with Andi, followed by a melancholy rose ceremony in which Andi again wondered how to celebrate the next phase of her journey amidst such tragedy.
Andi Dorfman, Nick V.
The Bachelorette's hometown week might've ended on a very sad note, but before that it was nothing but love from the families for Andi.
This week, Andi headed to the homes of Marcus, Josh, Nick and Chris where two of the men in particular pulled out all the stops to show her their love. But despite Marcus' openness with his feelings — and his incredible striptease — Andi let him go during what turned out to be a devastating rose ceremony following the news of Eric's death.
Nick V., Andi Dorfman
Cocky, confident or both? That's the big question surrounding The Bachelorette's Nick.
On Monday's episode, Nick pulled the move that happens just about every season — he "snuck out," showed up at Andi's hotel room and stole some extra time with her. But while the remaining guys — and most of the viewing audience — believe Nick is arrogant, Andi seems to view his aggressiveness as sexy.
Andi Dorfman and Eric
This week's emotionally charged two-part episode of The Bachelorette wrapped up by discussing late contestant Eric Hill following his exit from the show.
On Monday's episode, Eric and Andi got into a confrontation about their relationship not moving forward after their initial one-on-one date. Andi ultimately decided it was best for Eric leave prior to the rose ceremony, but tragically that was the final conversation they'd have before his unexpected death in a paragliding accident in April. As host Chris Harrison tells us in our weekly chat, the show eventually decided to cut the rose ceremony and instead air an intimate conversation between Harrison and Andi about Eric. Read on for more of Harrison's take on the episodes.
Andi Dorfman, Boyz II Men
Through the years of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, we've seen many of the men and women attempt to carry a tune. However, this week's group date may just take the cake as the worst singing performance from the show yet.
On Sunday's episode, Andi and some of the guys were treated to the vocal stylings of the Grammy-winning group Boyz II Men. But the guys were in for a surprise when they themselves had to perform everyone's favorite sexy time song "I'll Make Love to You" in front of an audience of 3,000. Needless to say only opera singer Bradley held his own, while the others hilariously failed.
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