Credit: Craig Sjodin/ABC Television Group ©2011 Disney Photo: The Cast of Bachelor Pad Season 2

To get Bachelor Padawans even more in the mood for romantic carnage, ABC just issued a short-but-sweet press release on the three-hour first episode of Season 2. Hooray!

[On August 8,] 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 drama begins as the contestants move into the Bachelor mansion to meet their fellow competitors on a night where Jake Pavelka and Vienna Girardi will come face to face for the first time since their unforgettable primetime showdown. In their first challenge, the 'Hook Up,' the men and women will pair off into couples clinging to each other 10-feet high. The couple who can hang on to each other the longest will win the challenge and be saved from elimination. At the end of the episode, one man and one woman will be voted off.

Here are the 18 cast members, in case you haven't stared at Graham Bunn enough today. And here are Reality Steve's BP2 spoilers, which match ABC’s premiere details so far, but with added goodies like who goes home and how Jake and Vienna work out their differences — if at all.

Source: ABC press release

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