One of the saddest parts of the end of summer is the fact that everyone will have to wait a whole year until Bachelor in Paradise returns — but this year will be different. A new spin-off, Bachelor: Winter Games, will air on ABC this February, and it's basically Bachelor in Paradise set in Vermont, mixed with the Winter Olympics. Naturally, this means the Bachelor: Winter Games cast will be announced sooner rather than later, giving us a lot to speculate on. As for exactly who will be on Bachelor: Winter Games? The contestants of this epic snowdown haven't been confirmed, but Chris Harrison has revealed who he hopes will appear on the show and these predictions promise a dramatic season.
Good ol' Harrison — resident host of all things Bachelor — is co-producing the new spinoff, and he told The Hollywood Reporter that he knows the "broad strokes" of what's in store, as well as specific cast-members in mind. Harrison's first choices are Emily and Haley Ferguson, aka, The Twins. Considering that their most recent appearance on BIP involved calling Danielle Lombard and Taylor Nolan "ugly, shallow whores" and throwing scallops at Jack Stone before storming off set, they do have a reputation to rebuild.
The host explained his choice to THR, saying, “The twins have to be there. I love the twins. They’re like, ‘This might be the last time you see us!’ and I’m like, 'Never. I’ll always have you in my life.'" Time will tell whether or not the twins will really end up on the slopes of Vermont.
Because Bachelor: Winter Games will involve Bachelor Pad-esque physical competitions, Harrison also told The Hollywood Reporter that he'd like to see some athletes on the show, particularly Ryan Sutter, who won The Bachelorette's first season. Sutter previously played in the NFL for the Baltimore Ravens, and this past summer he competed in NBC's American Ninja Warrior. Since he failed the ninja challenge, he very well may want to join the physically demanding challenges of Winter Games, which would be exciting for OG Bach fans.
Another important aspect of this new Bachelor spinoff is that it will include an international cast. When they say it will be like the Olympics, they mean it, so there are plenty of cast mate options. For example, from the looks of Australia's most eligible Bachelor Matty J.'s Instagram featuring his international abs, he could fit Harrison's athleticism criteria as well. And it might be cool to see the U.K.'s Gavin Henson, who's not only a professional rugby star but whose romances are always making the UK headlines. Henson and his Bachelor pick, Carianne Barrow, ended up breaking up, so maybe he would have better luck on U.S. soil?
According to ABC's Rob Mills' interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Winter Games is still about finding love — even if coupled up cast mates like Sutter are allowed to participate — so it could happen.
While the U.S. Bachelor and Bachelorette shows have remained pretty heteronormative, last year's Bachelor Australia feature two female contestants, Tiffany Scanlon and Megan Marx, falling for each other rather than Richie Strahan. Though the couple has since split, perhaps either Marx or Scanlon could join the cast of Winter Games since the U.S. has only featured one openly LGBTQ contestant on the Bachelor. (Remember when Jaimi competed for Nick Viall's heart?)
Basically, this upcoming installment in the Bachelor franchise definitely seems like a cool opportunity for the series to switch things up, whether that be with greater LGBTQ+ inclusion or simply by introducing international cast members. No matter what, the show will be filled with many of the same things people hate-to-love and love-to-hate about every Bachelor show, and you'll probably want to get cozy on your couch while watching the Winter Games contestants getting cozy with each other.