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There's Already a Ton of Drama on 'Bachelor In Paradise'

Katherine J. Igoe
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From Marie Claire

Spoilers ahead for this season of Bachelor in Paradise. Soon, Hannah Brown's The Bachelorette season will reach its inevitable conclusion, and then it's on to arguably the craziest, most drama-filled show in the Bachelor-verse. I'm speaking, of course, about Bachelor in Paradise, season six, in which all the craziest/most fun/epically melodramatic contestants all get together in the same place. I can't wait.

So what do we know about this season and what's going to happen? Luckily, you don't have to wait until the premiere on August 5 to get some spoilery intel.

We have a trailer!

Oh my God, there's so much here. Dean, WYD with that mustache?? Blake weeping and saying "This is real life!" (Is it, though?) John Paul Jones, complete with Prince Charming hair and fun abs! John Paul Jones...weeping?? (Noooooo!) Demi, minus her gorgeous girlfriend but stirring up drama per usual! Tayshia looking iconic, like always!

From a coupling-specific standpoint, we have Blake and Tayshia kissing (with a voiceover saying that two people kissed before the show) and Blake and Hannah snuggling. There's a whole bunch of drama pertaining to Blake: Full details below, but the gist is that he gets with or at least expresses interest in four women over the course of the show. Kristina and Caelynn are the other two girls, and Blake is probably right to be crying—he's in trouble.

Dean and Caelynn are still together.

Currently, according to Reality Steve, the pair are hanging out in Spain. They're not allowed to post photos together or talk about their relationship, but they are allowed to be in the same place at the same time together. That...doesn't feel very sneaky! But as long as they're happy, I guess?

We later got a photo of the pair:

I am SO intrigued to see if they make it long-term. That was...not the couple I was expecting to get together, TBH.

There are two more engagements being reported, for a total of three this season.

Beyond Demi and her girlfriend Kristian, who were the first couple to be revealed as engaged (more details on them below), Reality Steve revealed that two other couples joined them:

This is interesting for a lot of reasons. First, Hannah G. was getting some buzz for being connected to Dylan several weeks ago (this may have started as fans hoping to see them as a couple, but apparently their instincts were correct!). I happen to like Dylan from The Bachelorette, although he barely got any time at all on camera. He was one of a group of guys who had issues with Luke and didn't get as much one-on-one time with Hannah as a result. This is Dylan:

And this is Hannah:

Chris and Katie are also a very interesting pairing. I have a similar complaint about Katie as I do with Dylan—she seems interesting, but we barely saw her on Colton's season of The Bachelor. But, we did see her with Demi helping out Hannah B. in the first episode of The Bachelorette. We know she's fun and funny, and friends with Alabama Hannah and Demi, so I will probably like her.

Chris, on the other hand, is a huge Bachelorverse alum and has been around forever (genuinely, since like 2012, and then he retired in 2015). So for him to be back in full force and engaged is a really cool narrative arc—especially if the pair make it for the long haul, and this becomes his long-term relationship after several times in the running.

I'm a sucker for a happy ending, so I'm excited. Will we get to see them all, I hope? (I imagine so.) Guys, love, and crazy, is in the air this season in particular. It sounds like the whole thing top to bottom is going to be insane.

There's a lot of news surrounding one of Hannah's bachelors.

Remember Connor Saeli? He's the tall, sweet, "note" guy who helped Hannah feel better when she was feeling sick. Well, after he's eliminated from her season, he apparently has quite the run on Bachelor in Paradise.

This is all courtesy of Reality Steve tweets, so not verified yet but still pretty good intel. Apparently, Connor and Whitney Fransway (from Nick's Bachelor season) met at Chris and Krystal's wedding, and totally hit it off. Connor was waiting on the show for Whitney to arrive, dated Caelynn Miller Keyes briefly, then left the show because Whitney hadn't arrived. Surprise! Whitney shows up immediately after, realizes Connor isn't there, leaves the show, and the pair are together. Awww!

As a reminder, this is Whitney:

And this is Connor:

It's kind of ironic, because he looks like Blake Horstmann, who's also on the show this season creating some intense drama.

One of Colton's bachelorettes might be with a BiP alum.

Caelynn Miller Keyes had a rough go of Colton Underwood's season, and she also got caught up in the Blake Horstmann drama (more on that below). But it seems like she might have ended up with a Bachelorette/BiP alum, thanks to a tweet from Reality Steve. Apparently Dean gave Caelynn a rose, then pivoted and left BiP because he couldn't see the relationship continuing. Caelynn moved on to Connor S., then Dean returned, professed feelings for Caelynn, and they left the show together. Oh boy. Dean has a history of, uh, irritating on-show and off-show behavior, and this doesn't feel much better. But Caelynn has had a ton of ups and downs, so maybe this relationship might be good for her? I might be sugar-coating it, who knows.

This is Caelynn:

And this is Dean (he didn't always have the facial hair, in case you're wondering why he looks different):

Interestingly, Caelynn and Dean might have been chatting before the show and perhaps before/during The Bachelor, according to Caelynn's fellow cast mate Katie Morton.

There's an engagement, and it's huge news.

Oh my gosh, I can't wait to watch this! Reality Steve came out with a huge BiP spoiler, and it's a doozy:

Okay, first of all, Steve is clearly cynical about the whole situation, but I think it's really sweet and lovely. I have so many questions. How did it happen? Was Demi doing the proposing? (She's such a badass, and so forward, I can totally see it. I know very little about Kristian yet, though, so that's purely speculation on my part.) How will the show treat it? Please, please, let it be graceful and cute. Will Demi and Kristian get married on the show, just like Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson do this season?? How will Bachelor Nation react? Will we have more couples like this? I have all the questions, and zero answers so far.

Also, note that Steve says "at least one engagement." So chances are there are more spoilers to be had coming up. I cannot wait.

We have so many details about the show's first same-sex coupling.

This is soooo exciting. It also sounds insane, but what a monumental step for the show. So apparently (Reality Steve as the source) Demi Burnett, who I love for her sassiness and take-no-prisoners attitude, is bisexual. She's been dating someone special, and that person is coming on the show at some point in the season. Quoting Steve directly here: "Demi’s girlfriend showed up on the beach late last week, Demi told everyone this is the woman she’s been dating, they were given a date card that night, and got to stay on the show."

Demi's girlfriend is (reportedly) Kristian Haggerty and they've (again, reportedly) been together since February:

Demi really, really grew on me for cutting through the BS and being unabashedly herself. Steve isn't a fan of the way this feels pre-planned and somewhat geared towards ratings, not necessarily the huge step from the show to be inclusive. I'm so excited to see how it plays out, though, because it's still a big, monumental, important decision. Fingers crossed.

We may know the first rose recipients.

This, courtesy of (who else) Reality Steve, this is apparently how sh*t goes down on episode 1 of BiP:

  • Clay to Nicole
  • Kevin to Sydney
  • Blake to Tayshia
  • Cam to Caelynn
  • JPJ to Onyeka
  • Wills to Katie
  • Derek to Demi (apparently her girlfriend shows up a bit later)
  • Chris B. to Kristina
  • Dylan to Hannah G.
  • Eliminations: Bibiana, Annaliese, & Jane Aver

Insane drama is coming—from one contestant in particular.

Oh boy:

If you don't remember, Blake is this guy from Becca's season:

And he is apparently making up for his time out of the spotlight (yikes). Reality Steve went on to further elaborate that "whatever you think it is, it’s worse than that." A fan tweeted him to ask if Blake was the new Dean Unglert, who's both very vocal and very hated (and also on this season of BiP!). "No, he’s not the new Dean," replied Steve. "Dean only juggled two women." Oh NO.

Then we got some more (horrible) details. Apparently Blake got with or tried to get with Tayshia, Kristina, Caelynn, and Hannah G., either before the show or during. Caelynn in particular, with whom he hooks up, has a very upset reaction to this—remember, she's a survivor. Blake's reputation has taken a major hit, and Reality Steve speculates he's not long before he gets eliminated.

I can also infer from this speculation that Blake is making the whole season so far about him—both his, uh, diversification (gross), and then trying to apologize for it. It sounds like a nightmare for the contestants, but also highly watchable.

There's been a wedding between two fan favorites.

Former Bachelor in Paradise couple Chris Randone and Krystal Nielson threw an engagement party and were rumored to actually be getting hitched, in Mexico, during this season of BiP:

They had a bunch of show alums at the party, said Krystal. "We had quite a few Bachelor Nation members attend. Jade and Tanner, Ashley and Jared, Angela, Chelsea and Annaliese, Josh Murray, Heather and Katie from Colton's season. Everyone was having a great time together."

I wonder if because they couldn't have guests on the show, this engagement party served as their version of a big blowout where they invited all their friends to celebrate.

And it's going to be a huge deal.

People, meanwhile, confirmed that Chris and Krystal did in fact get hitched. "[They] exchanged vows in front of fellow Bachelor Nation alum on—where else?—the site of their very first date in Mexico. 'We are so excited to start this new chapter of our lives together,' Nielson tells People exclusively. 'We will have each other’s backs forever.'"

The wedding was officiated by Chris Harrison (natch) at the Vidanta Hotel in Puerto Vallarta, and "Former Paradise castmates and Bachelor stars were on hand, including Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon, Becca Kufrin and Ben Higgins, to witness the I Do’s, which capped off a whirlwind romance." So this sounds like it is going to be a huge deal on the show—not just a fun and romantic scene, but a reunion of sorts from previous show participants.

Krystal posted a picture, no caption:

by way of a potential spoiler (it looks different than the dress she's wearing in the People article, so it's probably a throwback). So amidst all of this apparent craziness will come a bit of sweet romantic love—yay!

A ton of fan faves, and a few villains, will be there.

We got a (very preliminary) list weeks ago, courtesy of Bachelorverse expert Reality Steve, before ABC came out with their official one. Steve's full list is here, but from Colton's Bachelor season, we have Tayshia, Demi (oohhhh Demi, you delight), Hannah G., AND Caelynn, just to name a few. We also have a few from Hannah's Bachelorette season, including John Paul Jones (the quirkiest of quirkys! Hooray!), Dylan, Connor, Cam (ugh), and Box King Joe Barsano/Farmer Matt Donald among others. It is going to be an ECLECTIC bunch, if you know what I'm saying.

Filming likely started at the beginning of June.

This, per Reality Steve again, is based on what's happened in previous shows. He guessed that filming would start on June 6, and usually lasts about 18 days, apparently (that feels SO short to me, but what do I know). That makes sense for an early August premiere—right after The Bachelorette finishes up.

We'll update this post as we know more.

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