- Bachelor In Paradise is returning for a ninth season on September 28.
- Jesse Palmer will be back as host of the show for the 2nd year in a row.
- The Bachelorette’s Brayden Bowers is one of the confirmed cast members.
We’re in the thick of summer, which means fans are already beginning to wonder…when will we be getting new episodes of Bachelor in Paradise?! Season 20 of The Bachelorette, featuring Charity Lawson, is about to end, so we should be heading back to Playa Escondida in Sayulita, Mexico, very soon. ABC confirmed the premiere date of Bachelor In Paradise season 9 on August 21! A very sexy sneak peek was revealed on August 14 during The Bachelorette’s Men Tell All.
Bachelor in Paradise premiered in 2014, bringing rejected contestants from The Bachelor and The Bachelorette to the beach for another shot at finding love. The show has been filming every summer since, aside from 2020, when COVID derailed the production schedule. BIP has produced several successful engagements, marriages, and babies over the years, and those on season 9 are hoping for the same results. Here’s what we know so far about the upcoming season!
Will There Be A Bachelor In Paradise Season 9?
Yes, there will be a season 9 of Bachelor in Paradise! In May, ABC confirmed that a ninth season of BIP is coming in the fall of 2023, along with a new senior citizen spin-off, The Golden Bachelor. Bachelor In Paradise season 9 will premiere on September 9 at 9:01 p.m. ET. The show is officially moving to Thursday nights this fall.
Season 20 of The Bachelorette has to finish airing after its June 26 premiere because some of Charity’s men will be popping up in Paradise. Host Jesse Palmer confirmed on June 4 that he was “Headed to [Paradise]” to begin shooting, so filming has already finished! Season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise started on September 27, following a Bachelorette season that premiered on July 11. In 2021, The Bachelorette ended on August 9, with Bachelor in Paradise premiering one week later.
Bachelor In Paradise Season 9 Cast
A full cast list for season 9 of Bachelor in Paradise has not been confirmed yet, but fans are already theorizing about who could be on the roster. Since the last season of BIP aired, we’ve gotten a whole new group of ladies from Zach Shallcross’ season of The Bachelor, as well as the guys currently on Charity’s season of The Bachelorette. It’s likely that these men and women will make up a majority of the cast.
The footage revealed on August 14 did confirm two cast members: Brayden Bowers from Charity’s season and Kat Izzo from Zach’s season. Kat admits she was “taken by surprise” by Brayden. “He’s like a Golden retriever and I love it,” she gushes. In the sneak peek, Brayden and Kat get cozy and start making out. “She’s a great kisser,” Brayden admits. He goes on to say that he feels like Kat is someone “I can see spending my life with.”
Some fan favorites from Zach’s season of The Bachelor who could show up include Ariel Frenkel, Brooklyn Willie, and Jess Girod. Zach’s runner-up, Gabi Elnicki, admitted in April 2023 that she still wasn’t sure if she’d be ready to hit the beach so soon after their breakup. “I think there are parts of myself that still need to heal,” she shared. However, she teased fans with the possibility of her arrival on the show in a recent TikTok. “That’s a great question,” she said, in response to fans wondering if she’d be on the beach. “I’ve been wondering that myself.”
Fans are also holding out hope that former Bachelorette Rachel Recchia will hit the beach for BIP. Rachel got engaged to Tino Franco on The Bachelorette in 2022 but broke up with him before the show’s finale aired in September. When we spoke to Rachel EXCLUSIVELY, she seemed open-minded about the possibility of heading to Paradise, and she reiterated those feelings in an April 2023 interview.
“I would have to go down just, like, completely open-minded,” she told Kaitlyn Bristowe. “I would have to really go down and be like, I’m [going to] talk to whoever and give them a chance…even though everyone there would probably [already be] my ex-boyfriend.” Yes, it’s possible that if Rachel goes to Paradise, she could end up on the beach with guys who already appeared in her original season. She would be the second former lead to show up on the beach, following Becca Kufrin, who is now engaged and expecting a baby with Thomas Jacobs, the man she met in Paradise in 2021!
One person who definitely WON’T be on the beach this summer is Clayton Echard. He confirmed the news himself on social media after rumors surfaced that he would be one of this year’s cast members.
Where To Watch Bachelor In Paradise Season 9
As always, Bachelor in Paradise will air on ABC, with episodes being available on Hulu beginning the following day, as well. Generally, Bachelor in Paradise airs on Tuesdays from 8:00 – 10:00 p.m. However, this year, The Bachelorette moved to the 9:00 slot on ABC, and it’s still unclear if the same will go for BIP. ABC confirmed that Dancing With the Stars will be returning to the network in 2023, and that show usually gets the Monday night slot.
Who Is Still Together From Bachelor In Paradise Season 8?
Although there were plenty of couples still together by the end of season 8 of Bachelor in Paradise, only one couple remains: Michael Alio and Danielle Maltby. Danielle moved to Ohio to be closer to Michael and his son. However, there may be trouble in Paradise for these two. Rumors have been swirling online about a possible breakup between Michael and Danielle.
“I’ll say this. Being in a public relationship, it isn’t fun,” Michael said on the She’s All Bach podcast on August 3. “Danielle and I, like, both agree that the only people that should be in our relationship are us two. So we think just the healthiest way to have a relationship is to keep it private.” He added that he and Danielle “both love each other, like, very much.”
Brandon Jones and Serene Russell were madly in love when they got engaged on BIP, but the love did not last. Less than a year after the engagement, Brandon and Serene broke up in May. The other couple to get engaged in season 8 was Johnny DePhilippo and Victoria Fuller, but they ended things before Bachelor in Paradise even started airing. Victoria moved on with fellow Bachelor Nation cast member, Greg Grippo, who she’s still dating today.
Another couple to bite the dust before the BIP finale aired was Tyler Norris and Brittany Galvin. They left the beach as a couple, but by the reunion episode, they had split. Romeo Alexander and Kira Mengistu also broke up in the months since getting together in Paradise.