Oh almost paradise...
When Bachelor in Paradise does finally return for Season 7 in the summer of 2021, it will truly be a season unlike any other. First and foremost, it'll be the first time that the hit ABC reality series will feature a rotating slate of guest hosts — which already includes David Spade, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass, and Lil Jon — instead of Chris Harrison (who departed from the franchise in June of 2021 after a racism controversy following an Extra interview).
It will also mark the show's return after a nearly two-year-long hiatus due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, meaning that there are many contestants to choose from to make an epic cast.
Filming has reportedly begun. Keep reading to find out who will be hitting the beach for Season 7.
Joe Park was the first confirmed 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 7 cast member.
According to the spoiler site, Reality Steve, Bachelor in Paradise was set to begin filming in early June of 2021, in between Katie Thurston and Michelle Young's seasons of The Bachelorette.
The first publicly confirmed contestant is a fan favorite. In January of 2021, ABC Executive Rob Mills confirmed that Joe Park, a doctor from Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams' season, would be looking for love again in front of the cameras.
"We've got ourselves a vaccinated Paradisian!!" Rob wrote in response to a tweet about Joe getting his second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.
The rest of the 'Bachelor in Paradise' Season 7 cast features both fan favorites and villains.
Most of the female contestants are from Peter Weber and Matt James' seasons of The Bachelor. The men are largely from Clare Crawley and Taysia Adams' joint season, and from Katie Thurston's current cast.
From Peter's season, Kelsey Weier, Tammy Ly, Victoria Paul, Natasha Parker, Maurissa Gunn, and Deandra Kanu were confirmed by ABC, but Reality Steve claims Mykenna Dorn and Alexa Caves are also rumored to be potential contestants.
As for the ladies from Matt's season, the contestants are fan-favorite Abigail Heringer, Serena Chew, Mari Pepin-Solis, Jessenia Cruz, and Serena Pitt. Alana Milne and Chelsea Vaughn were rumored to join the season, as well as Queen Victoria Larson (who really stirred the drama up during her time on the show).
The guys who first vied for Tayshia and Clare's hearts who will be joining Joe in Paradise are Brendan Morais, Noah Erb, Kenny Braasch, and Ivan Hall, though Chasen Nick, Chris Conran, and Demar Jackson are also rumored contestants.
From Katie's season, fans will recognize Connor Brennan (aka the guy in the cat suit), Aaron Clancy, James Bonsall, Karl Smith, and Tre Cooper. It's possible we'll see more men from Katie's season, though they have yet to be revealed.
There will be a few suitors who are not from recent seasons of The Bachelor or The Bachelorette. Tahzjuan Hawkins from Colton's season is currently confirmed as a cast member, as is "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile. Reality Steve reported that Kendall Long will also be there, which will likely provide some dramatic moments since she and Grocery Joe are exes.
Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 premieres on August 16 on ABC.