This Week in Bachelor Nation History: 'Bachelor in Paradise' Premieres and Changes Franchise Forever
This week marks seven years since “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 1 premiered and forever changed the franchise.
As viewers will recall, the inaugural season of the summer spin-off show — and successor to “Bachelor Pad” — convened both beloved and controversial Bachelor Nation stars who were willing to give love another shot on the beaches of Sayulita, Nayarit, Mexico.
Season 1 documented two relatively successful romances: Michelle Money and Cody Sattler — whose relationship extended beyond filming but ultimately ended weeks after the finale aired — and Lacy Faddoul and Marcus Grodd — who got engaged on the show but split off-camera.
In the seasons that have passed, though, “Paradise” has produced a spate of lasting partnerships that have led to engagements, marriages, and even families.
Beloved couples to come out of the series include Astrid Loch and Kevin Wendt (Season 5), Caelynn Miller-Keyes and Dean Unglert (Season 6), and Hannah Godwin and Dylan Barbour (Season 6).
As far as weddings and babies go, Jade Roper Tolbert and Tanner Tolbert (Season 2) tied the knot in January 2016 and now share Emerson, 3, Brooks, 2, and Reed, 19 months. And although Carly Waddell and Evan Bass (Season 3) announced their separation in 2020, the “Paradise” alums got married in 2017 and share Bella, 3, and Charlie, 20 months.
Meanwhile, Raven Gates and Adam Gottschalk (Season 4) said their “I dos” this year. Krystal Nielson and Chris Randone (Season 5) also exchanged vows in June 2019 but parted ways in 2020.
After a year off due to the COVID-19 pandemic, “Paradise” is making its anticipated return later this month.
Notable bachelors and bachelorettes are participating in the forthcoming installment. So far, cast members include Aaron Clancy, Abigail Heringer, Brendan Morais, Connor Brennan, Deandra Kanu, Ivan Hall, James Bonsall, Jessenia Cruz, Joe Amabile, Karl Smith, Kelsey Weier, Kenny Braasch, Mari Pepin-Solis, Maurissa Gunn, Natasha Parker, Noah Erb, Serena Chew, Serena Pitt, Tahzjuan Hawkins, Tammy Ly, Tre Cooper, Victoria Larson, and Victoria Paul.
Who will find their happily ever after? Find out when “Bachelor in Paradise” Season 7 premieres Monday, August 16, on ABC at 8 p.m. ET.
In the meantime, catch up with the latest cast here.