After weeks of rumors and breathless speculation, lovers of ABC’s lowbrow (but highly satisfying) Bachelor Pad are finally going to learn who’s on board for season two (premiering August 8). ABC has released the official list exclusively to EW.com – and while some fan favorites rumored to be joining (Madison the vampire, Tanner the foot fetishist) did not make the final cut, there will be plenty of entertainingly desperate fame-seekers (see: Jake Pavelka) in reality TV’s raunchiest funhouse, including three “Mystery Men” from the current season of The Bachelorette. Click through for the full release, and check back later this week for exclusive photos of the cast.
JAKE PAVELKA AND VIENNA GIRARDI REUNITE
FOR THE FIRST TIME SINCE THEIR PRIMETIME SHOWDOWN
ON SEASON TWO OF ABC’S HOT SUMMER SERIES, “BACHELOR PAD,”
PREMIERING MONDAY, AUGUST 8
Eighteen Former Participants from “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” Come Together Under One Roof Competing for Half A Million Dollars and a Second Chance at Love
Hosted by Chris Harrison (“The Bachelor,” “The Bachelorette”), “Bachelor Pad” returns MONDAY, AUGUST 8 (8:00-10:00 p.m., ET) with its most controversial cast to date as 18 unforgettable characters from the “Bachelor” franchise – those we love and those we love to hate – gather back at the mansion to live together and compete for $250,000 and possibly a second chance at love. The infamous wrestler, Justin “Rated R” Rego, Gia Allemand, who’s fresh from a breakup with Wes, and Kasey Kahl, who once professed his love for former Bachelorette Ali by getting a tattoo on his wrist are just some of “Bachelor’s” best joining Jake Pavelka, a former Bachelor, and his jilted ex-fiancé, Vienna Girardi. With so many elements at play to raise the stakes — Vienna and Kasey are currently dating, there is recent bad blood between Gia and Vienna, a friendship has developed between Jake and Gia, and so much more – season two is set to bring fireworks, drama, romance and endless possibilities.
Each week the contestants will square off in head-to-head challenges to compete for immunity and the opportunity to go on a date with contestants of their choice. The winner of each challenge will then grant immunity to one of his or her dates via the presentation of a rose. At the end of each episode, the contestants will vote amongst themselves – the men will vote off a woman and vice versa – to determine which cast members will be eliminated from the competition.
The 18 contestants set to lay it all on the line for love and/or money are:
GIA ALLEMAND (“The Bachelor” Season 14, Jake Pavelka)
After falling for Wes (Jillian’s season) on last season’s “Bachelor Pad,” Gia returns to the pad to face Vienna who’s rumored to have come between her and Wes. She’ll be thankful to have an ally in Jake whom she’s formed a friendship with.
Occupation: Model Age: 26 Residence: New York, NY
HOLLY DURST (“The Bachelor” Season 12, Matt Grant)
Holly was engaged to fellow “Bachelor Pad” season 2 contestant, Michael Stagliano, until she broke off the engagement only to realize she’d made a mistake. Just days after the break-up, she ran back to Michael, but it was too late; he could no longer trust her. Now living in the pad together, Holly’s ready for a rebound.
Occupation: Children’s Book Author Age: 28 Residence: Hollywood, CA
VIENNA GIRARDI (“The Bachelor” Season 14, Jake Pavelka)
Now dating Kasey (Ali’s season), Vienna has since moved on from her messy break-up with Jake and their infamous post-breakup TV face-off. Not only will she have to face Jake again in the pad, but she must also confront Gia (Jake’s season) about their recent history.
Occupation: Unemployed Age: 25 Residence: Los Angeles
JACKIE GORDON (“The Bachelor” Season 15, Brad Womack)
Jackie is the girl next door who’s not afraid to speak her mind. She’s ready for love and will get along well with the guys, but will watch her back when it comes to Michelle Money whom she doesn’t trust.
Occupation: Assistant Teacher Age: 27 Residence: New York, NY
MICHELLE MONEY (“The Bachelor” Season 15, Brad Womack)
Michelle may be known as the manipulative seductress from Brad’s season, but the men won’t mind sharing the pad with her.
Occupation: Hairstylist Age: 30 Residence: Salt Lake City, UT
ELLA NOLAN (“The Bachelor” Season 14, Jake Pavelka)
Single mom Ella is still quite upset with Jake for sending her home during a 2 on 1 date. Engaged to be wed, she comes to the pad having called off her wedding.
Occupation: Hairstylist Age: 31 Residence: Nashville, TN
ERICA ROSE (“The Bachelor” Season 9, Lorenzo Borghese)
Erica’s outspokenness proved to be a turn-off for Lorenzo, but whether she’s in it for love or money, Erica will do anything! With friends Vienna and Kasey by her side, she might just get what she wants.
Occupation: Student Age: 28 Residence: Houston, TX
MELISSA SCHREIBER (“The Bachelor” Season 15, Brad Womack)
Referred to as “the cougar” by her fellow cast mates from season 15, Melissa is also known for her heated argument with Raichel (Brad’s season).
Occupation: Waitress Age: 32 Residence: Boca Raton, FL
ALLI TRAVIS (“The Bachelor” Season 15, Brad Womack)
After telling Brad she had trouble picturing herself marrying her previous boyfriend, Brad reflected on his relationship with Alli and told her he felt the same way about her. Shortly thereafter, she was dismissed.
Occupation: Buyer Age: 25 Residence: Columbus, OH
GRAHAM BUNN (“The Bachelorette” Season 4, DeAnna Pappas)
Graham is known as the hot heartbreaker from DeAnna’s season who didn’t reciprocate her feelings for him.
Occupation: Entrepreneur Age: 32 Residence: New York, NY
KIRK DEWINDT (“The Bachelorette” Season 6, Ali Fedotowski)
Kirk’s dad, a taxidermist, gave Ali a tour of his basement to show off his work. Shortly thereafter, he was dismissed. Kirk joins the pad with friend and ally, Kasey (Ali’s season).
Occupation: Personal Trainer Age: 27 Residence: Minneapolis, MN
KASEY KAHL (“The Bachelorette” Season 6, Ali Fedotowski)
Kasey is known for getting a tattoo on his wrist to signify to Ali how he’ll “guard and protect” her heart. These days, his affection belongs to fellow contestant and girlfriend, Vienna (Jake’s season). There may be eight other guys he’ll have to contend with, but only one guy he must best – Jake.
Occupation: Entrepreneur/Philanthropist Age: 27 Residence: Clovis, CA
JAKE PAVELKA (“The Bachelor” Season 14)
Jake returns to the site of his infamous post-breakup face-off with Vienna and will see her for the first time since their heated exchange. But this time, Vienna’s new man, Kasey (Ali’s season), will be by her side.
Occupation: Pilot Age: 33 Residence: Los Angeles, CA
JUSTIN “RATED-R” REGO (“The Bachelorette” Season 6, Ali Fedotowski)
Justin walked off Ali’s season when she confronted him about the voice messages he’d left for his girlfriend back home.
Occupation: Sales Age: 27 Residence: Toronto, Canada
MICHAEL STAGLIANO (“The Bachelorette” Season 5, Jillian Harris)
The wounds from his break-up with ex-fiancé and fellow “Bachelor Pad” contestant, Holly Durst, are still fresh. Michael must not only contend with 17 other contestants, but he also faces the prospects of Holly dating other guys.
Occupation: Entrepreneur Age: 27 Residence: Sherman Oaks, CA
MYSTERY MAN #1 (“The Bachelorette” Season 7, Ashley Hebert)
MYSTERY MAN #2 (“The Bachelorette” Season 7, Ashley Hebert)
MYSTERY MAN #3 (“The Bachelorette” Season 7, Ashley Hebert)