The Bachelor Winter Games is set to be the next entry in the Bachelor franchise, and it's going to air as an alternative to the Olympics in February — yes, we'll have two Bachelor editions going at the same time — so if you don't want to watch athletes play sports, you can watch former contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette play sports!
The show will pit contestants from international editions of the show against each other in athletic competition while they also play the game of love. It'll be skiing during the day, and relaxing by the fire with a glass of wine in the lodge at night as the contestants get to know each other. There will be tears, hook-ups and falls, of both the love and wipeout varieties.
Winter Games will premiere Tuesday, Feb. 13 and air four episodes total over two weeks. It'll also air on Thursday, Feb. 15, Tuesday, Feb. 20, and will have its finale on Thursday, Feb. 22. After the finale there will be an hourlong "World Tells All" reunion special. Episodes will run two hours and start at 8/7c. The Bachelor will still air on its regular Monday time these weeks.
The cast contains some Bachelor and Bachelorette favorites.
The male cast includes former Bachelor Ben Higgins; Dean Unglert, Eric Bigger, Jamey Kocan and Josiah Graham from Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette; Luke Pell from JoJo Fletcher's season; and Michael Garofola from Des Hartsock's season.
The female cast includes Ashley Iaconetti from Chris Soules' season of The Bachelor; Bibiana Julian and Lauren Griffin from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s in-progress season; Clare Crawley from Juan Pablo Galavis' season; and Lesley Murphy from Sean Lowe's season.
We'll be meeting a whole crew of international competitors, too.
Since this is The Bachelor's version of the Olympics, the Americans will be competing against men and women from international editions of the franchise.
For the men, there's Benoit and Kevin from The Bachelorette Canada; Christian from The Bachelorette Switzerland and Germany; Courtney from The Bachelorette Australia; and Jordan, who was the Bachelor in New Zealand.
The women are Ally and Lily from The Bachelor New Zealand: Jenny from The Bachelor Finland: Laura from The Bachelor UK; Nastassia and Rebecca from The Bachelor Sweden; Tiffany from The Bachelor Australia; Yuki from The Bachelor Japan; and Zoe from The Bachelor China.
For those keeping score, that's 26 competitors altogether.
Sadly, Peter Kraus won't be there.
Creator Mike Fleiss announced that Rachel's runner-up (and should-be Bachelor) would be part of the show more than a month ago, but Peter told the Morning Breath podcast that he was actually never even asked. Something weird is going on there, but it might just be that Mike Fleiss was trolling Bachelor Nation. He likes to do that.
Neither will Corinne Olympios.
It should not surprise you that Corinne, who was one of the people at the center of Bachelor in Paradise's sex scandal this summer, will not be attending the Winter Games. But she told Morning Breath that she's open to doing more Bachelor shows in the future and there's no bad blood between her and the franchise.
But there will be some special guests.
Bachelor royalty Trista and Ryan Sutter — the first franchise couple to get married — will be the grand marshals of the opening ceremony. Past stars Rachel Lindsay, JoJo Fletcher and Arie Luyendyk Jr. will also appear. SportsCenter anchor Hannah Storm and KABC sports anchor Ashley Brewer will help host Chris Harrison with the commentary. Five-time U.S. figure skating pairs champions Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner will be making guest appearances, as will figure skating legend (and Dancing with the Stars competitor) Nancy Kerrigan, who probably feels weird about doing Bachelor Winter Games while Tonya Harding got to go to the Golden Globes.
It'll take place in Bernie Sanders' backyard.
Olympic Village is the Hermitage Club at Haystack Mountain resort in Wilmington, Vermont. Looks fancy!
There will be competition, but it's really about love.
"At the end of the day, it's going to be about finding love again," ABC head of unscripted Robert Mills told The Hollywood Reporter. "It will have some of the [pre-Bachelor in Paradise spin-off] Bachelor Pad DNA, in that there is going to be a competition element." But Mills is hoping that love crosses all boundaries and some international couples come out of the show. That Olympic village is going to be lit.
The Bachelor Winter Games premieres Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 8/7c on ABC.