'Bachelor in Paradise' Adds 4 More of Katie Thurston's Men to Season 7

'Bachelor in Paradise' Adds 4 More of Katie Thurston's Men to Season 7

July 14, 2021

It’s almost time to return to paradise! One day after they were eliminated from Katie Thurston’s season of The Bachelorette, ABC announced that James Bonsall, Connor Brennan, Aaron Clancy and Tre Cooper are heading to Bachelor in Paradise

James, Aaron and Tre were sent home during the rose ceremony. Meanwhile, Connor’s exit came amid his one-on-one date with Katie, when she tearfully revealed that “there was something missing” when they kissed.

The new additions, who will appear on Paradise from the first episode, join their fellow Bachelorette castmate Karl Smith, who was one of 19 previously announced BIP cast members. Karl was ousted from The Bachelorette after his fellow suitors expressed doubts about his intentions.

The upcoming season of Paradise comes after a nearly two year-long break from the show amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More contestants are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Among the previously announced singles are six from both Matt James and Peter Weber’s seasons. Clare Crawley and Tayshia Adams’ combo season brings four hopefuls, while Becca Kufrin and Colton Underwood each have one ex heading to Paradise.

Grocery Store Joe from Becca’s season, who met ex-girlfriend Kendall Long on season five of BIP, will make a return to Mexico in the upcoming episodes. Serena Pitt, a fan favorite from Matt’s season, and her castmate, the self-titled Queen Victoria, are also ready for their turn on the beach.

The upcoming season of Paradise will be unlike any other, as it comes after Chris Harrison’s exit from the franchise following his racism controversy. 

In lieu of Chris, Wells Adams, who previously served as the Paradise bartender, will take on an expanded role, serving as the Master of Cocktails & Ceremonies. Additionally, the season will feature celebrity guest hosts including Lance Bass, Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess and David Spade.

When ET spoke to Wells about the upcoming season, he said it’ll have a “different vibe” than it has been in the past.

“Obviously having like comedic juggernauts like David Spade and Titus Burgess come in, like, they’re gonna bring the funny,” he said. “Lance brings musicality and the boy band [history] with him, so I think that’s gonna be fun and a lot of people are gonna be kinda star-struck, and Lil Jon just brings like, really, really good vibes.”

“I think everyone’s going to be in for a really fun ride, and then I’ll be there for the therapy sessions and for the drinks,” Wells continued. “… I’m just excited for everyone to get to come back and enter the gates of Paradise. We had to take last year off which was a bummer, because I truly do love helping make the show, and I think America truly does love coming to the gates and walking down the steps with us. So I’m just happy that it’s back.”

Check out all 23 people below that are heading to Mexico for season seven of Bachelor in Paradise, which will premiere Aug. 16 on ABC.

Joe Amabile, Becca’s season

James Bonsall, Katie’s season

Kenny Braasch, Clare and Tayshia’s season

Connor Brennan, Katie’s season

Serena Chew, Matt’s season

Aaron Clancy, Katie’s season

Tre Cooper, Katie’s season

Jessenia Cruz, Matt’s season

Noah Erb, Tayshia’s season

Maurissa Gunn, Peter’s season

Ivan Hall, Clare and Tayshia’s season

Tahzjuan Hawkins, Colton’s season

Abigail Heringer, Matt’s season

Deandra Kanu, Peter’s season

Victoria Larson, Matt’s season

Tammy Ly, Peter’s season 

Brendan Morais, Clare and Tayshia’s season

Natasha Parker, Peter’s season

Victoria Paul, Peter’s season

Mari Pepin-Solis, Matt’s season

Serena Pitt, Matt’s season

Karl Smith, Katie’s season

Kelsey Weir, Peter’s season

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