The August 4 premiere of ABC’s new Bachelor spinoff series Bachelor in Paradise is officially one month away, which means we are officially counting down the days with giddiness. We’re on a love high from all the romance on Andi Dorfman’s season of The Bachelorette, and we’re so glad our Monday makeout sessions aren’t going to end when she hands out her Final Rose.
The new series promises to have just as many hook ups and late night dips in the ocean as we’ve come to expect from our friends in Bachelor Nation, if not more. It also promises some cute new couplings and lasting unions — squeal! We know there are roses and rose ceremonies, we know couples change almost weekly, but the searing question we don’t know is: Does anybody win anything on this show?
According to spoiler king Reality Steve, the answer is that contestants win…. in love. Awwwwww. Not quite the door prize we might have hoped for, but worth it just the same. In his blog, RS reveals that the last couples standing at the end of Episode 6 are given the option to stay together or walk away.
Host Chris Harrison (what a tough life, huh?) brings the remaining six pairs together and tells them “all their relationships will now be tested...and says they now must evaluate their relationship and decide if the person they’re ‘paired’ with is in their future.” Please remember, these people have known each other at this point just barely long enough to agree to split a pitcher of margaritas.
Couples who choose to stay together at the end of Episode 6 get a Fantasy Suite date and, just our opinion, anyone saying “no” is cray. Why would you not say “yes” just to see what fab fantasy vacation spot ABC is willing to send you to on their dime?
Well, apparently paradise isn’t so paradise-esque, cuz half the couples say thanks, no thanks and trot home. The couples who opt in on Fantasy Suite dates finish their journey on the show by sitting down with Bachelor Nation power couples Desiree Hartsock and Chris Siegfried, Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici, and Jason Mesnick and Molly Mesnick, who weigh in on what it takes to stay together (then head over to the shrimp buffet). And then the credits roll.
So, does anybody win? While love is the ultimate prize, we’d also say anyone who gets out of paradise with their dignity intact and just a mild case of sand chafing is a winner in our books.
Will you be watching knowing there isn’t any prize to win? Let us know in the comments.