'Bachelor in Paradise' will return for its eighth season of sun, sand and romance

Never fear: 'Bachelor in Paradise' will bring another dose of dating drama from the comforts of a waterfront Mexico resort

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Grab those bikinis. Bachelor in Paradise has been confirmed for its eighth season by ABC.

Weeks after we asked, "Who is the next Bachelorette" the popular franchise blessed fans with more good news about hopeful and hopeless romantics on their unconventional quest towards love. Our cup—from Wells Adams' bar, of course—runneth over. 

Though you're likely busy with Love in the Flesh and familiarizing yourself with The Ultimatum couples, we'll get you up to speed with the next chapter for this oldie but goodie. (After all, the Bachelor franchise set the precedent for all other reality TV dating shows.)

'Bachelor in Paradise' season 8: when will it air?

The adventures will return in 2022. Though a release date has yet to be confirmed, the series typically hits screens late-summer. 

While you're rocking your new SKIMS swimsuits, enjoying beach reads and sipping Piña Coladas by the pool, expect a teaser to surface. Of course, we'll keep you in the loop every step of the way. 

BACHELOR IN PARADISE - "601A" - In the premiere episode of what promises to be another wild ride of "Bachelor in Paradise," our favorite members of Bachelor Nation begin their journey for another chance at finding love at a luxurious Mexico resort

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Who will host 'Bachelor in Paradise' season 8?

Ah, the million-dollar question. When Chris Harrison left the Bachelor, our go-to shows were in limbo. After 19 years, how would groups of contestants navigate the murky waters of reality TV's dating dynamics?

The transition was tricky at first, to say the least. Upon his exit, we saw many a guest judge on our favorite beachy series, including David Spade, Tituss Burgess, Lance Bass and, most interestingly of all, Lil' Jon. 

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Meanwhile, thing were up in the air on The Bachelorette; season 11 star Kaitlyn Bristowe and season 16 contestant Tayshia Adams stepped in to host Katie Thurston's search for love.

No word yet on whether BiP's familiar faces will make a return in 2022, or whether the show will feature another round of guest judges. There likely would've been buzz around a Chris Harrison replacement, but we'll have to wait to find out! At this point, nothing really surprises us. 

'Bachelor in Paradise' season 8 contestants

Although a lineup is still under wraps, we likely will be seeing familiar faces from Michelle Young's Bachelorette season and Clayton Echard's Bachelor season, among others. Perhaps even some Bachelor in Paradise 2021 cast members who did not find love will also make a return. 

Interestingly enough, this year's Bachelorette will have not one but two women in search of a husband. After Echard's dramatic rose ceremony went haywire—he admitted to falling in love and sleeping with his final three contestants—the franchise decided to let both Gabby Windey and Rachel Recchia, the two women he nixed, have a shot in the spotlight—a first for the show. (Had one of them not played their cards right, they would've been en route to BiP in Mexico.) 

Since the franchise seems to be switching things up, we wouldn't be shocked if rules change, hosting duties get revamped and so on. Time will tell how things unravel, but we still expect the iconic tension between couples. 

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Those in the U.S. are able to catch BiP on ABC (with episodes dropping on Hulu the next day). All those ready for a peek inside Paradise, say "I"! 

Danielle Valente
Digital News Writer

Need a TV show recommendation? Maybe a few decor tips? Danielle, a digital news writer at Future, has you covered. Her work appears throughout the company’s lifestyle brands, including My Imperfect Life, Real Homes, and woman&home. Mainly, her time is spent at My Imperfect Life, where she’s attuned to the latest entertainment trends and dating advice for Gen Z.

Before her time at Future, Danielle was the editor of Time Out New York Kids, where she got to experience the best of the city from the point of view of its littlest residents. Before that, she was a news editor at Elite Daily. Her work has also appeared in Domino, Chowhound, and amNewYork, to name a few. 

When Danielle’s not writing, you can find her testing out a new recipe, reading a book (suggestions always welcome), or rearranging the furniture in her apartment…again.