The ABC spin-off Bachelor in Paradise today revealed its “shocking twist,” and it’s essentially that it is borrowing the format from Fox’s Paradise Hotel, the ridiculously fun show that aired 11 years ago. Here’s ABC’s announcement:
“At the first rose ceremony, the six men are given a rose to hand out to a woman they’d like to spend more time getting to know in paradise. With an uneven number of men and women in the group, the two women left without roses are immediately sent home heartbroken. Just as potential couples start to pair up, everything changes drastically in the next episode when two new men arrive to paradise with love on their mind. For seven weeks, each episode will alternate between two new men or women joining the cast. New relationships may form and current ones may end. Every week, the two people who don’t receive a rose will be forced to leave paradise.”
Here’s how the Fox Reality Channel and MyNetworkTV’s press release when they brought the show back in 2008:
“Paradise Hotel 2 features a cast of eleven sexy singles who check-in to a secluded resort for an adventure-filled experience and the chance to win a cash prize. To stay in paradise, guests must find a roommate of the opposite sex and the individual left without a roommate will have to leave the hotel. Things take a dramatic turn when new guests check-in and have to quickly make and break alliances to stay in the competition. There are no rules in this game of strategy and manipulation where sex and seduction are among the tools players use in their battle to avoid eviction.”
The not insignificant difference, of course, is that those who are coming into the show are probably not strangers, since many of The Bachelor contestants are part of one big (incestuous) family. That will undoubtedly lead to additional drama and also prevent the existing people from just shunning the new people.