It's almost paradise... Bachelor in Paradise season seven, of course. Bachelor Nation hasn't enjoyed a beach vacay filled with messy makeouts and unexpected couples since 2019, but there's good news RN. Bachelor in Paradise is officially coming back for a new season on August 16, 2021 and filming has wrapped. (Cue all the spoilers!!) There are a whopping 40 bikini-clad Bachelor and Bachelorette rejects knockin' on heaven's door and looking for love on the beach.
This season will look a little different from the past, and not just because of the global pandemic. For starters, Chris Harrison won't be hosting. In his place will be a celebrity host lineup, including comedian David Spade, who has been a Bachelor fan for years, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon. Unlike Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, BiP will not be hosted by Bachelor Nation alums.
The questions are surely bubbling up (who? where? and when?) so here's everything you need to know about Bachelor in Paradise 2021:
Spoilers Coming Up: Do Not Continue Reading If You Don't Want To Know What Happens On Bachelor In Paradise Before It Airs.
When is Bachelor in Paradise filming?
The cameras, crew, and contestants finished filming the weekend of June 26 after a few weeks of hard work lounging on the beach and sipping cocktails. Reality Steve shared the news in a spoiler blog post, noting that filming squeezed in between Katie Thurston and Michelle Young's upcoming seasons of The Bachelorette.
The original cast likely flew to Mexico over Memorial Day weekend, per a recent podcast from Reality Steve:
"Bachelor in Paradise will film per usual in June at a location that hasn’t been announced yet and will begin airing after Katie’s season is done airing, per usual," Steve wrote in his spoiler blog post.
With the end of June final rose ceremony, filming ended right on schedule. Steve also confirmed in a new tweet that three couples made it to the last rose on June 26.
Who's going to be on Bachelor in Paradise?
ABC is finally starting to release official cast pics on Instagram. So far, you can expect to see some familiar faces from seven different Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons, including a few guys eliminated from Katie Thurston's season. It's not the last you've seen of Tre Cooper, James Bonsall, Aaron Clancy, or Connor Brennan.
There will also be a Bachelor in Paradise casting first. Becca Kufrin, The Bachelorette season 14, will compete. She’ll be the first former lead ever on the show, so that’s a BFD! Tbd on why exactly she’s joining, though.
There are still a few more cast members who could come out of the woodwork (there will be almost 40 cast members total this season, according to Reality Steve), but until then, the BiP Instagram is your go-to for all season 7 cast news.
Some Bachelor Nation stars were initially hesitant to accept an invite to the reality show, per an E! News report. Their reasons? The recent racism controversy in the franchise and Chris Harrison's response.
"Casting has begun and some members of Bachelor Nation are apprehensive to sign up," one source told the publication in March. "Some are wondering what direction the season will take and are curious if it will strictly focus on contestants falling in love."
A second source added, "They have put out several asks to Bachelor veterans. Many people are declining due to the current state of Bachelor Nation. A lot of people are removing themselves from the franchise."
Who got engaged on Bachelor in Paradise?
The three final couples this season are:
Kenny Braasch (from Clare and Tayshia's season) and Mari Pepin (from Matt's season) got engaged.
Riley Christian (from Clare and Tayshia's season) and Maurissa Gunn (from Peter's season) got engaged.
And Joe Amabile (from Becca's season) and Serena Pitt (from Matt's season) also got engaged.
Yep—they're all engagements, Steve confirmed on his Twitter. "I do not have every result for every contestant or when all of them went home," he said, but he's got a pretty clear idea of how this season of BiP will go.
"Grocery Joe and Serena Pitt did in fact get engaged at the end. So all 3 final couples this season got engaged, equaling season 3 and season 6 having three engagements," he tweeted.
What about Pieper and Brendan?
In early June, it really seemed like Pieper James and Brendan Morais were together. "Pieper and Brendan have been dating for a few weeks now," a source told Us Weekly. "They’re keeping their relationship under wraps since they’re trying to make it work long-distance and it’s still new," the source said. “They both are super into each other and are getting to know each other and are just having fun going on dates.”
They were even spotted out and about in public together. So what happened?
Now, Steve has leaked what really happens to the pair: They "left the show before overnights as a couple," he wrote. He thinks maybe some of the other contestants realized that Brendan and Pieper were dating already pre-Paradise and called the pair out, so they left early. But they're still together!
Does Becca find romance in Paradise?
This is the question everyone is asking. (ICYMI Becca competed on The Bachelor as a contestant, won, then was dumped in heartbreaking fashion on camera. Then, she starred as The Bachelorette only to have that resulting relationship fizzle in 2020.)
Reality Steve dropped a Becca bombshell on June 28. She wasn't among the early couples, but she connects with Thomas from Katie's season. I'll pause as you realize his Bachelor audition continues.
He tweeted: "If you thought Thomas got a lot of air time this season, just wait til Paradise. Thomas is heavily involved with Becca Kufrin for the last half of BIP, but, she eventually breaks up with him before the finale."
"Becca Kufrin doing quite a sell job on IG to make u think she's hanging w/ her dog or going to MN this wknd. She's there, she's a contestant, & right in the middle of things."
Steve also shared some more interesting news about Becca's Paradise romances: She's a late arrival and her first rose comes from Aaron Clancy. She also gets in her fair share of he-said-she-said drama with fellow contestant Chasen Nick. Then, Thomas dumps his lady for Becca at a rose ceremony. Later, Becca dumps Thomas before overnights and they both leave Mexico single. (Sound like he still wasn't there for the right reasons, ugh.)
Bachelorette Katie Thurston warned BiP ladies to be careful around Thomas on Nick Viall's Viall Files podcast: "I am nervous for any woman who interacts with Thomas, honestly. He’s a smooth talker," she said. "I wouldn’t be surprised if he recycles some lines with me on some of these women... Good luck to them.”
"If he’s on Paradise, I don’t care who he’s with, I’m going to be like, 'Watch out, girl,'" Katie added. Looks like Becca took her advice... eventually.
What happened to Noah and Abigail?
Noah and Abigail were the "it" couple this season. Sadly, they didn't last on the beach. "Noah Erb broke up with Abigail Heringer before overnights happened and they both left single," Steve said. That leaves a lot of questions.
"I know a lot of you will ask 'What about all the nicey nice they were playing on IG when she posted this past Saturday,'" he wrote. "Your guess is as good as mine. All I know is that Noah broke up with her on the show. Maybe it was amicable. Maybe the IG stuff is an act. Maybe they plan on dating post show. I don’t know. But he broke up with her on the show after a being a couple from the get go." Bummer—but I'll be watching their Instagrams closely.
And who's involved in the love triangle?
A while ago, Steve mentioned that things get all tangled up into some kind of love triangle. He knows and just revealed who's involved: Kenny, Mari, and Demi.
Steve isn't quite sure how things shake out yet, but it obviously gets resolved, since Kenny and Mari got engaged. "I was told in the beginning he was going back and forth between them," Steve wrote on his website, so stay tuned for more info on that.
Don't believe contestants' social media posts.
While it’s fun to use your detective skills on Instagram, Snapchat, or even Venmo to find out more about more potential pairings, those posts can be misleading. “Just because there is social media activity doesn’t necessarily mean that person isn’t in Mexico, or is already home, etc.,” Reality Steve wrote on his website.
“[The producers] are openly telling contestants nowadays things to do on social media to throw people off. Which is why I will say til I’m blue in the face that social media activity is never and will never be a 100% confirmation of anything when it comes to this show,” he continued.
You can still check who’s following who and stalk location tags, but remember they might not always be accurate. But it’s still fun to guess!
Where is Bachelor in Paradise filming?
Season 7 filmed in Mexico at an unknown resort (details tbd). The past few seasons, the good ol' Playa Escondida Resort in Sayulita, Mexico, has hosted the show. It could be a repeat filming spot, or a similar destination.
It has been a long time since the show aired, so here's a refresher on what to expect at Playa Escondida:
There are private beaches:
Plenty of places to snuggle with a sweetie:
And characters can catch some zzz's... or not:
And, who's hosting Bachelor in Paradise?
Chris Harrison, who has hosted all six seasons of BIP, will officially not be back to the franchise. There are plenty of celeb guest hosts filling in, though. Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, Lil Jon, and David Spade have all been confirmed. There may be more confirmations to come, according to Variety.
Plus, Wells Adams, former BIP bartender, and his fiancée Sarah Hyland are also rumored to be hosts, per Us Weekly.
Why the new celeb hosts? Well, "the producers want to put some fun in the show. They think it’s become too serious," a source told Page Six.
Almost paradise... How could we ask for more?
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