ABC has come up with a new way to get more mileage out of its best contestants from hit shows "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," with a new show that lets them all compete for $250,000 and a second shot at love.
"Bachelor Pad," hosted by Chris Harrison and Melissa Rycroft, is the latest project of "The Bachelor" franchise. Set to premiere on Aug. 9, the show will feature 19 of the most memorable contestants partaking in challenges inspired by incidents from the shows' combined 20 seasons.
Viewers will get an inside glimpse of how these people carry themselves in real world situations, as opposed to those tense rose ceremonies. At the conclusion of each episode, some contestants will be sent packing, facing eviction from the "Bachelor Pad."
Martin Hilton, executive producer of ABC's new spinoff, has said that the concept of the show was inspired by the relationships that have stemmed from former "Bachelor" and "Bachelorette" wooers. He has also said: "All these people have been friends, been enemies, they date each other and bring all this great back story to the show."
Some of the suitors brought back for the new show include Tenley Molzahan and Krisily Kennedy, both of whom made it to the final rose ceremony of their particular season, only to be tuned down by bachelors.
Then there's Wes Hayden, named by People.com as the "show's biggest villain to date." The guy who seemed much more interested in promoting his music career rather than trying to impress his "bachelorette" Jillian Harris, even admitted that he had a girlfriend back home during the show's taping.
Also from Harris's season hails Jesse Kovacs, who, though he impressed with his wine expertise, failed to form a strong connection with her. Also coming back for the new show is the charming Kiptyn Locke, who landed a spot in the top two but lost out to Jillian's now fiance Ed Swiderski.
Even contestants from the current season of the "Bachelorette" are moving into the "Bachelor Pad." Though they've already got the boot and have been denied the chance for love with this season's "bachelorette" Ali Fedotowsky, Craig McKinnon, Jesse Beck and Jonathan Novack are getting a second act.