8:15am PT by Jackie Strause
'Bachelor in Paradise' Reveals Season 6 Cast
The singles who are headed to Paradise have been revealed.
On Monday, Bachelor in Paradise announced the starting round of castmembers for season six of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette summer spinoff series. ABC heads back to Mexico when the reality dating competition returns on Aug. 5.
The first batch of stars on Bachelor in Paradise season six include three high-profile runner-ups: Blake Horstmann, of Becca Kufrin's 2018 The Bachelorette; and Tayshia Adams and Hannah Godwin, of Colton Underwood's recent The Bachelor.
The other familiar faces include Caelynn Miller-Keyes, Demi Burnett, Katie Morton, Sydney Lotuaco, Jane Averbukh, Onyeka Ehie and Nicole Lopez-Alvar, from Underwood's season; Wills Reid and Clay Harbor, from Kufrin's season; and Annalise Puccini and Bibiana Julian, from Arie Luyendyk Jr.'s Bachelor season and past Paradise seasons. Derek Peth hails back from JoJo Fletcher's Bachelorette season, as well as past Paradise cycles; and Chris Bukowski, from Emily Maynard's Bachelorette season, will return to make his record sixth appearance on the franchise. Joining those stars are newcomers Cam Ayala, Kevin Fortenberry and John Paul Jones, from the currently airing season of The Bachelorette with Hannah Brown.
Franchise host Chris Harrison greets the new cast when they return to the show's Playa Escondida beach resort in Sayulita, Mexico. Wells Adams will also return for his third season as resident bartender. The season is currently in production and additional cast will be announced at a later date. Expect more familiar faces from Brown's season, as well as past surprises, when the show begins and new castmembers arrive after eliminations.
Bachelor in Paradise reunites memorable castoffs from previous seasons of the ABC franchise in hopes they will find love. Instead of one lead handing out roses, the elimination ceremonies alternate between the men and the women handing out roses to the opposite sex. The beach is then replenished with new castmembers after an elimination.
The series — which offers lighter fare than the mainstays in the franchise — has produced a handful of engagements and marriages, and can serve as a launchpad for the revolving door of stars who come through the long-running franchise. Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson, a couple who met on last season's Paradise, returned to the show's set for a wedding that will air on the sixth season. They follow in the footsteps of yearly Bachelor in Paradise weddings and engagements, including with star franchise couples Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Carly and Evan Bass and Jade and Tanner Tolbert.
Bachelor in Paradise premieres Aug. 5 at 8 p.m. on ABC. See the cast, which will be updated as more photos are revealed, below.
Jan. 18, 7 a.m. Updated with more castmembers.