Katie Thurston's season of The Bachelorette is *just* starting to pop off with drama, and we're already getting treated to inside intel about Bachelor in Paradise season 7...which, by the way, doesn't premiere until August 16! Nevertheless, if you my friend are just dying to know everything about this upcoming season well before ABC officially announces the cast members willingly signing themselves up for a hedonistic summer on the beach and TONS of sexy endeavors, you are in luck.
As per usual, our Bachelor Nation tea-spilling extraordinaire—more formally known as Reality Steve—has been dropping nuggets of info about this season of Bachelor in Paradise left and right. And unsurprisingly, it sounds like this season is going to be a good one. That being said, let's get into it!
Just in case this isn't abundantly clear: This post contains massive spoilers for Bachelor in Paradise season 7—click away now if you don't want this season spoiled for ya!
First thing's first: The contestants
ABC has only confirmed one Paradisian, and that's Dr. Joe Park from Tayshia Adams and Clare Crawley's joint season of The Bachelorette. But according to Reality Steve, there's about 32 contestants on this season. Steve hasn't been able to confirm everyone who's on the show just yet, but you can find the initial list of contestants riiiiight here:
We already know a whopping five couples
Starting with the juiciest and most important bits of info, obvi, the couples are:
Noah Erb and Abigail Heringer
Brendan Morais and Natasha Parker
Tammy Ly and Thomas Jacobs
Demi Burnett and Kenny Braasch
Ivan Hall and Jessenia Cruz
Per Reality Steve, Noah and Abigail are shaping up to be this season's "it" couple, which is v cute! But there's some bad news for the other four:
Four out the five initial couples break up
Does this mean that Noah and Abigail make it to the very end of this season? Unsure, TBH, but it looks like other four couples from the above list called it quits and didn't leave paradise together, womp, womp. “Out of the 5 pairings I gave you yesterday, 4 are no longer. Which is why I prefaced those pairings saying they were early roses,” Reality Steve wrote on Twitter.
Um, Brendan Morais and Pieper James are dating???
A source told Us Weekly Brendan and Pieper are indeed in a relationship, and said they met through “mutual friends” because “they hang out in the same Bachelor crowd.”
“Pieper and Brendan have been dating for a few weeks now,” the source explained. “Either he’ll fly to New York and hang with her, or she’ll fly to Boston to hang with him. She was most recently in Boston over Memorial Day weekend and they were even spotted out in public together.”
So...how dos this factor into paradise then? Welp, both Brendan and Pieper are on the show, but Reality Steve, who says that the dating reports came out before the show started filming and it's unclear at the moment if Brendan and Pieper will continue their relationship on the show. In a spoiler post, Steve wrote, “What I can tell you is this: Brendan was original cast...Brendan has already given a rose to someone else that’s not Pieper.”
Pieper also seems to be a late arrival on the show, because Reality Steve said hw thinks “it’s clear production purposely waited til Brendan gave his rose to someone else before deciding to bring Pieper in. But if they were already dating and this is pre-planned, gonna be interesting to see if they pretend like they weren’t, or, if they just go with it and let everyone know.” Interesting!
Don't expect a Blake Hortsmann and Becca Kufrin reunion
After Chris Harrison and Rachael Kirkconnell's Bachelor controversy, a bunch of Bachelor Nation members were reportedly apprehensive about joining this Bachelor in Paradise season. According to an E! News source, production was “hoping to get Blake Horstmann, Tia Booth, and Becca Kufrin” on the show. Tia and Becca joined, but Blake did not...sorry, not Becca and Blake reunion this time around!
“Blake Horstmann is not on this season so any hopes for a Blake/Becca reunion aren’t happening,” Reality Steve wrote on Twitter. “Who Becca is with (at least as of last rose ceremony) probably isn’t gonna have people terribly happy. Just my opinion.”
Joe Amabile and Kendall Long are back in paradise
The catch, though? They don't end up dating, which totally sucks for fans hoping they'd ever get back together after their unfortunate break up. “Joe & Kendall are both there but not rekindling. They have both given roses to other people,” Reality Steve confirmed.
Last but not least, there's a love triangle on the show
Let's be real—would it be BiP without some form of drama? Nope, it wouldn't.
And that's all the spoiler we know about this upcoming season of Bachelor in Paradise! Keep yours eyes on this post for any juicy new updates.
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