The Bachelor Winter Games
has been teased for quite a while. Now, finally, some new concrete details are emerging about the snowy experiment for the franchise. Although it is coming about purely because of the 2018 Winter Olympics, The Bachelor Winter Games
hopes to create an identity all its own. ABC has announced the premiere date and the full cast list for Winter Games
and it all sounds highly intriguing.
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The Bachelor Winter Games will premiere Tuesday, February 13 at 8/7c on ABC. It will run for four weeks, with three of the four two-hour episodes taking place at the same day and time. Winter Games will wrap up on Thursday, February 22 starting at 8/7c.
This will put it right up against the Winter Olympics in Korea. Like its televised competition, The Winter Games will see contestants from all around the world.
While The Bachelor Winter Games will have former contestants familiar to those who have watched every show in Bachelor Nation, there will be new foreign faces included too. The show will take contestants from Bachelor franchises all around the world and bring them together to face against the USA contestants in a variety of winter-themed challenges. And it seems like there will always be opportunities for love to spark, as well.
"Bachelor royalty" Trista and Ryan Sutter will serve as grand marshals for the event. Other Bachelor Nation stars will make an appearance too, but not compete. Arie Luyendyk Jr., Rachel Lindsay and JoJo Fletcher are all currently announced to pop up.
The short series will be hosted by Bachelor franchise constant Chris Harrison but he'll be joined by ESPN's Hannah Storm and KABC's Ashley Brewer. Figure skating champions Nancy Kerrigan, Tai Babilonia and Randy Gardner will also be making appearances.
As for the cast themselves, it's a rather expected bunch, at least from the USA side. The contestants will include:
Ben, 29, The Bachelor Season 20 - USA
Dean, 26, The Bachelorette Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) - USA
Eric, 29, The Bachelorette Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) - USA
Jamey, 33, The Bachelorette Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) - USA
Josiah, 29, The Bachelorette Season 13 (Rachel Lindsay) - USA
Luke, 33, The Bachelorette Season 12 (JoJo Fletcher) - USA
Michael, 37, The Bachelorette Season 9 (Desiree Hartsock Siegfried) - USA
Ashley I., 29, The Bachelor Season 19 (Chris Soules) - USA
Clare, 36, The Bachelor Season 18 (Juan Pablo Galavis) - USA
Lesley, 30, The Bachelor Season 17 (Sean Lowe) - USA
It remains to be seen how the competition will actually work, considering there are seven men but only three women competing. But ABC did make sure to mention that additional cast members will be announced in the build-up to the series. Perhaps that's where Peter Kraus, the runner-up of The Bachelorette
season 13, will come into the picture, as he was heavily rumored to appear.
The cast members from the international series have also been unveiled. Interestingly, but unsurprisingly, most of them are from predominantly English-speaking countries. This means that the language barrier, if any, will be slim. They are as follows:
Benoit, 31, The Bachelorette Season 1 - Canada
Christian, 34, The Bachelorette Season 1 - Switzerland and Germany
Courtney, 31, The Bachelorette Season 2 - Australia
Jordan, 34, The Bachelor Season 2 - New Zealand
Kevin, 33, The Bachelorette Season 1 - Canada
Ally, 24, The Bachelor Season 3 - New Zealand
Jenny, 34, The Bachelor Season 1 - Finland
Laura, 29, The Bachelor Season 1 - United Kingdom
Lily, 21, The Bachelor Season 3 - New Zealand
Nastassia, 26, The Bachelor Season 3 - Sweden
Rebecca, 26, The Bachelor Season 3 - Sweden
Tiffany, 31, The Bachelor Season 4 - Australia
Yuki, 21, The Bachelor Season 1 - Japan
Zoe, 25, The Bachelor Season 1 - China
What do you think of the current cast line-up? Is there anyone you hope to see compete? Should The Bachelor Winter Games become an annual event?
The Bachelor season 22 is currently airing Mondays at 8/7c on ABC. The Bachelor Winter Games will premiere on Tuesday, February 13 at 8/7c.