Finally! Bachelor in Paradise is back, and the cast for Season 5 of the reality dating competition spin-off is officially lit. However, there might be two latecomers that fans will be especially excited for… Bachelorette fan favorites Blake Horstmann and Jason Tartick!
Colton Underwood actually sparked the rumors on Aug. 9, when he posted a photo in swimsuits beside Leo (who is appeared in the first epsiode along with Colton) and Blake. Fans immeditely took this to mean that Blake would be in Paradise with the other two. “Does this mean Blake goes to Paradise!?!?!?” asked one fan, while another said, “Omg! If Blake walks down those stairs, I might scream!” The photo was also taken by Megan Firestore, a producer for all three shows. Of course, it could be a throwback to Bachelorette, but then Colton added more fuel to the fire in the comments.
“Blake I can’t wait for you to walk down the stairs to Paradise,” he wrote with a kissy face, to which Blake responded, “you have caused utter chaos!” The chaos continued when Colton commented, “Jason, can’t wait for you to visit us in Paradise too!” to which Jason teased, “Us? You never told me you booked a boys trip to the Bahamas. Count me in for that!”
Only time will tell if this is all just a joke or if it’s serious, but fans certainly want it to happen, since these guys were some of the most beloved from Becca’s season. However, some of the contestants might not be so fresh in your mind. Read on to learn more about those people!
Angela Amezcua and Astrid Loch
Angela and Astrid competed for Nick Viall‘s love on Season 21 of The Bachelor. Angela was kicked off on the first night, but she’s a gorgeous model who loves dolphins, and we’re sure she’ll have more luck in Paradise.
Astrid made it a little longer in the fight for Nick’s heart. She was sent home on the fifth episode fo the season, but she became very good friends with the next Bachelorette Rachel, and appeared on her season to advise her.
Eric and Kenny were both fan faves in Rachel‘s season of The Bachelorette. Eric was actually the third runner up, bringing Rachel home to meet his fun family before being kicked off.
Kenny was perhaps the most beloved man on Rachel’s season, and many fans wanted the former wrestler to be the next Bachelor. While he and Rach hit it off immediately, being away from his young daughter weighed heavily on him, and eventually he sent himself home to be with her.
Jubilee Sharpe and Shushanna Mkrtychyan
Jubilee and Shushanna first appeared on Ben Higgins’ Season 20 of The Bachelor. Fans were crushed when Ben sent the former military officer Jubilee home, but she has another chance at love on Paradise!
The stunning Shushanna was eliminated on Week 3 of Bachelor, and tried again in Paradise Season 3. Unfortunately everyone was already coupled up when she got there, so she sent herself home in Week 5.
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Of course, there are plenty more recent contestants, too. 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 joining from Becca’s season are John, Jordan Kimball (the ~fashion model~), David Ravitz (aka the chicken), Nick Spetsas, Wills Reid, Colton, Connor Obrochta, Chris Randone, and — of course — grocer Joe. Winter Games alum Kevin Wendt will also be coming back.
Excitingly, 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 before announcing that she was pulling out because she met someone special.
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.
In the meantime, if you can’t wait until Becca’s finale, check out our Bachelorette spoilers to find out who Becca picks! Also, be sure to join our Bachelor Facebook group to chat about all the latest updates, exclusive interviews, and juicy gossip!