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I know we’ve barely started with this season of The Bachelor, so it seems absolutely bonkers to be talking about any Bachelor spin-off shows on the horizon. And I’ll agree with you that yeah, it’s nuts. But guess what? The Bachelor puts asses in the seats. I know it, you know it, and ABC one billion percent knows it.
So, ABC asks how in the world they’re going to compete with the Winter Olympics – an Olympics that happens to be taking place mere miles from North Korea – and their response was “let’s make a winter Olympics of our own, but with Bachelor contestants from the US and abroad.” Kind of brilliant, to be honest. Not interested in tuning in to watch the bobsledding and ice dancing? Come to ABC to watch former Bachelor contestants do…something? It’s unclear what they’ll be doing on the show. The only info so far is that it” be “winter themed challenges.” What’s that, like shoveling snow? Braving the pre-apocalypse Trader Joe’s lines? Remains to be seen.
But, I know you’re only here to see who you get to see again. Welp, here you go.
Via US Magazine:
Ben Higgins, 29, The Bachelor season 20
Dean Unglert, 26, The Bachelorette season 13
Eric Bigger, 29, The Bachelorette season 13
Jamey Kocan, 33, The Bachelorette season 13
Josiah Graham, 29, The Bachelorette season 13
Luke Pell, 33, The Bachelorette season 12
Michael Garofola, 37, The Bachelorette season 9
Ashley Iaconetti, 29, The Bachelor season 19
Clare Crawley, 36, The Bachelor season 18
Lesley Murphy, 30, The Bachelor season 17
Benoit, 31, The Bachelorette Canada season 1
Christian, 34, The Bachelorette Switzerland and Germany season 1
Courtney, 31, The Bachelorette Australia season 2
Jordan, 34, The Bachelor New Zealand season 2
Kevin, 33, The Bachelorette Canada season 1
Ally, 24, The Bachelor New Zealand season 3
Jenny, 34, The Bachelor Finland season 1
Laura, 29, The Bachelor U.K. season 1
Lily, 21, The Bachelor New Zealand season 3
Nastassia, 26, The Bachelor Sweden season 3
Rebecca, 26, The Bachelor Sweden season 3
Tiffany, 31, The Bachelor Australia season 4
Yuki, 21, The Bachelor Japan season 1
Zoe, 25, The Bachelor China season 1
— The Bachelor (@BachelorABC) January 8, 2018
Certainly some familiar faces, especially on the US Men’s side. Obviously, we really don’t know anything about the contestants from International editions of the show, but certainly could make for some, um, interesting TV, especially if they all get to live in one giant ski lodge. I think I’d tune in if it was something like that. Because if you’ve ever been stuck in a ski lodge in the middle of winter up on the mountains of Vermont, you’ll know that shit gets weird. 10/10 would watch. I give zero fucks who wins in a Super G, Dean vs Benoit, but I’d tune in if they were ice luging, and the entire premise was apre ski. That would be a must-watch.
Unfortunately, there’s negative infinity chance that it isn’t anything except ABC’s stupid alternative to MTV’s The Challenge. .