Once summertime hits, Bachelor Nation has just one thing on their minds: Bachelor in Paradise. The looser, oftentimes messier Bachelor and Bachelorette spinoff never fails to ignite unexpected relationships, steamy hookups, heartbreaking breakups, and some of the franchise’s scariest fights. With Bachelor in Paradise officially confirmed for Season 8 on its home network of ABC, here’s all the intel fans should know about Bachelor in Paradise Season 8, including its predicted premiere date and speculation about who will be in this season’s cast.
For nearly a decade, Bachelor in Paradise has churned out seasons each year like clockwork. The only year between its premiere in 2014 and the present that the Mexico-set dating show skipped was 2020, due to the global lockdown making production impossible. But now that TV shows are back to filming safely, there’s nothing stopping Season 8 of BIP from arriving in 2022. On April 7, the official Bachelor in Paradise Twitter account shared that the season is officially happening.
Specific details about the upcoming season are still scarce, but given all the tea that gets spilled in Bachelor Nation, there’s a lot fans can already predict about the season.
Bachelor In Paradise Season 8’s Predicted Premiere Date
Every past season of Bachelor in Paradise has premiered in early to mid-August, so it’s incredibly likely that Season 8 will follow the same schedule. The only potential obstacle with an early August 2022 premiere is Rachel Recchia and Gabby Windey’s dual season of The Bachelorette, which is set to kick off on July 11, much later than previous Bachelorette seasons. Traditionally, Bachelorette seasons debut in May and then end in late July or early August, leading into BIP perfectly. Since Rachel and Gabby’s season is starting over a month later than usual, BIP could potentially get pushed back to September or so.
Bachelor In Paradise Season 8’s Predicted Cast
At such an early stage, the cast for Season 8 is still totally up in the air. Past seasons have drawn from a mix of standout suitors from the franchise’s history along with plenty of new faves from the more recently aired seasons. In Season 8’s case, the pool most likely being drawn from will be the contestants from Michelle Young’s Bachelorette season and those from Clayton Echard’s Bachelor season. Some of the fan-favorites (or love-to-hate least favorites, depending who you ask) from those seasons include Greg Grippo, Andrew Spencer, Rodney Mathews, Teddi Wright, and Serene Russell. But it’s still anyone’s guess who might show up in Mexico.
It’s also unclear how the new season will approach its host issue following Chris Harrison’s resignation. The seventh season enlisted a revolving door of celebrity guest hosts, so Season 8 could go that direction again. Or, Harrison’s main-series replacement host Jesse Palmer could expand his reign over the franchise by helming BIP too. But there’s one more option that also seems likely: Many fans want to see Wells Adams, who has become more and more involved in the spinoff as its resident bartender, take over as the host.
Info might be a bit scarce now, but now that Season 8 is actually confirmed, fans can expect much more intel about the new Bachelor in Paradise installment.
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