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When Does Bachelor Pad 3 Start? Official ABC 2012 Premiere Date Announced!

Bring on the blindsides! Bachelor Pad — ABC’s sextacular answer to Survivor and Big Brother — is returning for a third round of kissing contests and meltdowns on Monday, July 23, 2012.

The epic and glorious mess that was BP2 had a three-hour premiere last August 8, but this year’s BP3 will revert to the usual two hours — probably because you just can’t beat the cast they had last summer (cough Erica Rose). But two hours should be more than enough to get the party started!

Here are ABC’s limited details on BP3, as released in a recent press release:

Fan-favorites, arch rivals and villains from the hugely successful “Bachelor” franchise reunite under one roof for a second chance at love as ABC’s “Bachelor Pad” returns for a third season. For the first time, the show is upping the ante by opening up casting to the general public, and participants who have never appeared in a “Bachelor” franchise will be included. Will these fresh new faces be able to find romance? And which bachelors and bachelorettes from seasons past will rekindle old flames or ignite new ones?

A few ladies from Ben Flajnik’s Bachelor season have expressed interest in BP3 — including Blakeley Shea and Lindzi Cox — and a few of Emily Maynard’s rejected hunks from the upcoming Bachelorette Season 8 will hopefully find their way into the mix as well.

Who are you hoping to see compete? Please don’t say you’re not going to watch. If you sat through The Bachelor Season 16, ABC owes you at least six weeks of entertainment time so you really should redeem that coupon!

05.1.2012 / 05:19 AM EDT by Gina Carbone
Related: The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Bachelor Pad 3 Cast

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