There's no doubt that the men and women of the "Bachelor," "Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad" franchise are a tight-knit group. Unsuccessful Ali Fedotowsky suitor Chris Lambton met rejected Andy Baldwin hopeful at a "Bachelor" function, fell in love, and have since married.
The cast of the 'Bachelor' franchise have always been a tight-knit group
"Bachelorette" DeAnna Pappas didn't close the deal with her reality-TV finance Jesse Csincsak. But she later tied the knot with Stephen Stagliano, the twin brother of "Bachelor Pad" Season 2 winner Mike. And from all the snippets that surface about who's dating who and "Bachelor" get-togethers, the modern-day soap opera's cast often stays in touch long after the cameras stop rolling.
So when the contestants gather for a go at "The Bachelor Pad," many of them already have baggage with their housemates. Last season saw the tumultuous mix of Jake Pavelka, his ex-fiance Vienna Girardi and her then boyfriend Kasey Kahl - bad dating idea, great TV.
The cast of 'Bachelor Pad' comes with a lot of baggage from their past seasons
The latest installment seems fraught with built in drama, featuring multiple competitors from single seasons of the show. Chris Bukowski, Tony Pieper, Kalon McMahon, and an as yet to be announced mystery Bachelor all come from Emily Maynard's contest. And the fact that McMahon was the de facto villain, he's sure to spark a few outbursts.
Plus there are six bachelorettes who battled for Ben Flajnik's heart - Lindzi Cox, Blakely Jones, Jamie Otis, Jaclyn Swartz, and Rachel Trueheart. Chances are that they'll have a few lingering bad feelings that they'll want to get teary eyed about in the "Pad."
But a new twist might cause all of the contestants to band together against a new, soon to be common enemy - the super fans. Producers have invited six "Bachelor" franchise devotees into the mix and they're very likely to stir things up. Enter twins Brittany and Erica Taltos, Paige Vigil, Donna Zitelli, Chris Bain and David Mallet.
Chris Harrison discusses how the super fans fit in on 'Bachelor Pad'
In a recent conference call interview, host Chris Harrison remarked, "They are behind the eight ball walking into the door. That was definitely part of it that they had to overcome."
Still Harrison said that fans might be surprised about how a few of the newcomers manage to integrate into the group more seamlessly than others. He acknowledged, "You'll see it's very interesting, especially for the cute girls, how quickly they were able to integrate into this system. And 'Bachelor Pad' the way it's set up, [it's] not exactly the alumni versus the newbies. It's kind of a boys versus girls. And so it's really up to the girls to get to know the guys better and that's obviously a lot easier than trying to win over the women."
See how the super fans fit in on the season premiere of "Bachelor Pad" at 8 p.m. EST/9 p.m. Central Monday, July 23 on ABC.
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