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Exclusive: Meet the Contestants on Season 2 of NBC's Love In The Wild

NBC's summer dating series Love In The Wild returns next month with 14 new contestants — and also a twist.

Michael Schneider

NBC's summer dating series Love In The Wild returns next month with 14 new contestants — and also a twist. The show, hosted this season by Jenny McCarthy, will surprise the original single men and women by bringing in another seven men to pair up with the couples. That means the show's couples will actually kick off their adventures as a trio (perhaps they should rename it Love Triangle In The Wild).
Love In The Wild pairs up singles and sends them on adventures in the tropics. Couples either form a connection or find someone else, with the goal of not being eliminated. The show, which takes place in the Dominican Republic, launches its second season with a two-hour premiere on Thursday, June 7 at 8/7c.
Here are this year's contestants:
Original Guys:
Tim Parrish, 32 (Hometown: Green Bay, Wis.; resides in Chicago) Parrish loves the ladies, but he loves winning even more.
Jason Holmes, 29 (Hometown: Paso Robles, Calif.; resides in North Hollywood, Calif.) This personal trainer really wants to find a romance similar to his parents' and hopes to find true love on the show.
Benjamin Clark, 27 (Hometown: Chesterfield, England; resides in Monroe, N.C.) Born and raised in England, girls like Clark for the wrong reasons, including his sexy British accent.
Aaron Chase, 28 (Hometown: San Diego; resides in Newport Beach, Calif.) U.S. Marine Corps veteran Chase hopes that his training will allow him to dominate the adventures.
Jesse Wilson, 33 (Hometown: Oakdale, Calif.; resides in Manhattan Beach, Calif.) This small-town boy is looking for the perfect girl and already has the names picked out for his children.
Kenneth Barrington, 33 (Hometown: Peoria, Ill.; resides in Miami Beach) The Cornell graduate and successful real estate developer also has a soft side and is a foster parent for his local animal shelter.
Christian Seklecki, 34 (Hometown: August, Ga.; resides in Atlanta) He has his hands full playing in several bands; however, he insists that he is not too busy for a relationship.
Original Girls:
Ali Leitza, 33 (Hometown: Little Rock, Ark.; resides in North Little Rock, Ark.) Many of her past dates lacked the capability to handle this strong-willed woman.
Summer Mack, 32 (Hometown: Satellite Beach, Fla.; resides in Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) An Olympic Trials finalist on the United States national swimming team, she developed her competitive nature early and will do just about anything to win.
Shaunda Dillard, 28 (Hometown: Kingsburg, Calif.; resides in Hollywood) When this makeup artist and headband designer is not working, she's keeping busy with her favorite hobby, yoga.
Yanina Beccaria, 33 (Hometown: Rosario, Argentina; resides in Chicago) A former Ice Girl for the Chicago Blackhawks, Beccaria is sassy and competitive.
Tara Locke, 26 (Hometown: Arlington Heights, Ill.; resides in Miami Beach) Locke is a self-professed glamour girl and going yachting, shopping, and clubbing are just a typical day in her life.
Cina Luks, 22 (Hometown: San Lorenzo, Calif.; resides in San Lorenzo) A man will need to travel fast to keep up with her as she has her private pilot aviation certificate and a motorcycle permit.
Jenny Blatt, 27 (Hometown: Philadelphia; resides in Philadelphia) While Blatt is highly competitive due to her years in professional gymnastics, she does not like bugs or getting dirty, which might create difficulties in the wild.
Surprise Guys:
Jason Ewell, 25 (Hometown: Dublin, Calif.; resides in Dublin, Calif.) He's looking for a partner in crime to join him skydiving, clay shooting and traveling the country.
Leo Borriello, 27 (Hometown: Windsor, Conn.; resides in Philadelphia) He takes pride in his chiseled body, but there is more to this Italian financial analyst than just his good looks.
Franky Arriola, 31 (Hometown: Miami; resides in Miami) The youngest of his Italian family, Arriola considers himself very assertive, ambitious and blessed to have such great looks.
Mike Sweet, 30 (Hometown: San Dimas, Calif.; resides in Los Angeles) An active outdoorsman, he also enjoys teaching — from swim lessons to working as a behavioral therapist with special-needs children.
Ryan Smith, 27 (Hometown: Boise, Idaho; resides in San Francisco) As much as Smith would like to win, he is more focused on finding his future wife.
Darwin Zook, 32 (Hometown: Boston; resides in Boston) Zook is looking for the right woman and he will not settle.
Quaison "Q" Dodd, 31 (Hometown: New Haven, Conn.; resides in Los Angeles) While physical fitness is a top priority in his life as a personal trainer, finding the right woman is even more important.
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