‘Bachelor in Paradise’ 2021 Cast Adds 4 Men From Katie Thurston’s Season and It’s Exactly Who You Think

When ABC announced the original Bachelor in Paradise 2021 cast list, the network left out a few names. But, following the new episode of The Bachelorette on July 12, a few of Katie Thurston’s eliminated contestants were announced for the summer spinoff. So here are the next four additions to the BIP cast.

[Spoiler alert: This article contains spoilers from Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 and The Bachelorette Season 17 in 2021.]

Who is in the original ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ 2021 cast?

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On July 8, ABC confirmed the new Bachelor in Paradise cast for 2021, which features 19 fan-favorites and villains from seasons past. The list includes Abigail Heringer, Brendan Morais, Deandra Kanu, Ivan Hall, Jessenia Cruz, Joe Amabile, Kelsey Weir, Kenny Braasch, Mari Pepin-Solis, Maurissa Gunn, Natasha Parker, Noah Erb, Serena Chew, Serena Pitt, Tahzjuan Hawkins, Tammy Ly, Victoria Larson, and Victoria Paul.

Meanwhile, Karl Smith was the only contestant from Katie’s Bachelorette season in the original BIP cast. That said, Grocery Store Joe revealed that 24 people are in the premiere. So many viewers always knew more Bachelor Nation alums were on the way.

‘Bachelor in Paradise’ Season 7 confirms four more cast members

Headshots of James Bonsall, Aaron Clancy, Tre Cooper, and Connor Brennan from ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in 2021
James Bonsall, Aaron Clancy, Tre Cooper, and Connor Brennan from ‘The Bachelorette’ and ‘Bachelor in Paradise’ in 2021 | Craig Sjodin/ABC via Getty Images

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In the week 6 episode of The Bachelorette Season 17, Katie eliminated Aaron Clancy, Tre Cooper, Hunter Montgomery, and James Bonsall. She also sent Connor Brennan, aka Connor the Cat, home during a one-on-one date. Now, four of those men will get a second chance at love in Paradise

Following the new episode, ABC released a preview to welcome Aaron, Connor, Tre, and James to the Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 cast. 

“You didn’t get a rose, guys,” the BIP promo says. “Take a moment to say your goodbyes, and say hello to Paradise!”

Now, if Joe is correct, there is still one slot to be filled when Bachelor in Paradise returns on Monday, Aug. 16. So get ready. 

Katie Thurston reacts to her contestants on ‘BIP’ 2021

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Whatever happens when Katie’s exes show up on Bachelor in Paradise Season 7, it seems the lead is excited about the latest additions to the cast.

“When your friends start dating your exes but you’re here for it,” Katie wrote on Twitter in response to the BIP trailer. “LETS GOOOOO!”

Meanwhile, Katie previously commented on the upcoming season, and it looks like she’s ready to watch all the drama unfold.

“Normally, I watch [Bachelor in Paradise] as a fan,” the bachelorette told Access in June 2021. “Now, knowing I have friends there, ex-boyfriends there, I’m absolutely tuning in.”

Katie also shared that she didn’t mind if her friends dated her exes, noting they were “fair game” on the summer series.

“They’re my exes for a reason,” Katie said. “You can have ‘em!”

The Bachelorette Season 17 airs Monday nights on ABC. Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 premieres Aug. 16, 2021.