Bachelor Pad opening to casting to viewers, becoming Real World/Road Rules Challenge

The Bachelor Pad, the spin-off the dispenses with the search for love and replaces it with, will cast non-alumni to be part of the cast of its third season this summer. That was announced during the finale tonight, and moves the show into territory that’s been well-explored on MTV’s Challenges, which started as competitions between alumni of The Real World and Road Rules, but now includes a slate of returning cast members who once were viewers or fans and never appeared on the feeder shows.

Casting is open to people who are at least 18 and residents of the United States or Canada (except Quebec), and “have not appeared in any unscripted/reality/game television show series, including but not limited to, Survivor, Big Brother, Amazing Race, American Idol, Pawn Stars, Dirty Jobs, Swamp People, Hogs Gone Wild, Deadliest Catch, America’s Top Model, and Project Runway.”

That is a strange list, and I am really sad that the Deadliest Catch captains and deckhands are ineligible along with Swamp People‘s cast, because how awesome would that be?

In this surprisingly funny video, awful Bachelor Jake Pavelka offers casting advice to potential applicants that’s both amusing and self-deprecating. For example, he shows a shirtless photo of himself and says, “I have no personality, so I work out.” That’s a pretty great description of a lot of the cast members.

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