We already hear the Bachelor in Paradise theme song in our head! The cast for Season 5 of the reality dating competition spin-off has officially been announced and justice has been served for Joe Amabile aka #GroceryStoreJoe. Bachelor Nation was pissed when Becca Kufrin sent home the Chicago native on the very first night of The Bachelorette and quickly took to Twitter to share their dismay.
"I thought I would like Becca as The Bachelorette but she is off to a ROUGH start by sending home grocery store Joe," one viewer wrote at the time. "I am MAD! Put that man on Paradise." Another angrily added, "THIS SEASON OF THE BACHELORETTE IS INVALID BECAUSE JOE DIDN’T GET A ROSE." Well, their tweets have been heard and he is one of the 18 contestants (so far) heading to Mexico to find love. So, who will be joining Joe in Paradise?
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First off, let's start with the women from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s season who will be on BIP. According to ABC, Tia Booth, Kendall Long, Krystal Nielson, Chelsea Roy, Bibiana Julian, Annaliese Puccini, and Nysha Norris (who may not sound familiar because she went home night one) are in. They will also have a good pick of men, as the guys reportedly joining from Becca's season are John, Jordan Kimball (the ~fashion model~), David Ravitz (aka the chicken), Nick Spetsas, Wills Reid, and — of course — grocer Joe. However, fans can expect more men from Becca's season to be announced at a later date. Because, you know, spoilers.
As for surprise returns, there are several girls from Nick Viall's season (Angela Amezcua, Astrid Loch) Eric Bigger and Kenny King (from Rachel Lindsay's season of The Bachelorette) and Winter Games alum Kevin Wendt. Excitedly, Wells Adams and Yuki Kimura will also be serving as a bartending duo on the beach, so it's sure to be wild. Noticeably absent from the lineup is Bekah Martinez, who was a confirmed contestant on Arie's After the Final Rose episode. We wonder if this have something to do with her rumored secret boyfriend?
Fans are also still convinced that Lesley Murphy (Dean's former flame) might be showing up, since she posted a photo of a plant on Instagram and then wrote, "He will undoubtedly die in the coming weeks due to lots of travel tho. Happy June!" around the time filming started on the series. We'll just have to tune in to find out when BIP premieres on Aug. 7 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC.
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