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Cast reveal: 'Bachelor in Paradise' returns September 27

The beach is calling — and we're not talking about Golden Gardens.

We love (and sometimes hate to love) Bachelor Nation here at Seattle Refined. The drama? The hot takes? The mess? We're here for it. My personal favorite iteration of the Bachelor Franchise is easily and without a doubt "Bachelor in Paradise" (BIP). The eighth season of BIP premieres Tuesday, Sept. 27 — and after this season of "The Bachelorette," I'm so ready for some fun and tears at the beach.

For those not familiar with this show, unlike "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," there is no lead of BIP. Instead, fan faves and villains from past seasons of the franchise are all brought to the beach with the hopes of finding love. In my opinion, this format allows for deeper and more genuine connections between contestants because they are able to spend consecutive *weeks* with each other rather than one or two one-on-one dates and group date settings of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette."

Jesse Palmer will host and Wells Adams will bartend, thank the heavens. Is it weird I look more forward to seeing Wells behind the bar than I do about who we will see next walk down the stairs to the beach? According to ABC, this season will feature the largest group of singles looking for love yet. Here's who we know is on the show so far:

  • Romeo Alexander of "The Bachelorette" season 18
  • Michael Allio of "The Bachelorette' season 17
  • Shanae Ankney of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Jill Chin of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Brittany Galvin of "The Bachelor" season 25
  • Justin Glaze of "The Bachelorette" season 17
  • Hunter Haag of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Sierra Jackson of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Brandon Jones of "The Bachelorette" season 18
  • Hailey Malles of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Kira Mengistu of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Lace Morris of "The Bachelor" season 20
  • Logan Palmer of "The Bachelorette" season 19
  • Genevieve Parisi of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Jacob Rapini of "The Bachelorette" season 19
  • Serene Russell of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Andrew Spencer of "The Bachelorette" season 17
  • Teddi Wright of "The Bachelor" season 26
  • Casey Woods of "The Bachelorette" season 18

A moment of honesty from ya girl: did my heart break just a smidge seeing Justin Glaze on this list? Yeah, it sure did. He was my favorite on Washington native Katie Thurston's season of "The Bachelorette." I am very down bad for this man. I wish him all the happiness and I truly would love to see him find love...but if by some chance you leave the beach single, Justin, my DMs are open.

Abby Luschei is the assistant editor of Seattle Refined and can be reached at aluschei@seattlerefined.com. Follow her on Twitter, Instagram, TikTok and Facebook.

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