Sometimes, being in paradise isn’t always everything it’s cracked up to be. Just look at the crew on season 5 of Bachelor in Paradise.
Before we delve into the hot summer romances and some inevitable breakups, it’s important to pause for a moment and revel in the importance of Bachelor Nation. At this point, Bachelor Nation should be added on the U.S. Census form. For brevity’s sake, this dedicated band of followers will henceforth be known as B.N.
B.N. includes both veterans of The Bachelor and Bachelorette seasons as well as us regular folk who enjoy the scandalous moments from the confines of our couches. When a new episode of The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, or Bachelor in Paradise is on TV, the show immediately becomes a trending topic on Twitter, which is really where the true B.N. citizens reside. In fact, there’s hardly any sun in B.N. because there’s too much shade being thrown.
The cast of Bachelor in Paradise Season 5 includes some controversial and beloved figures. There’s Grocery Store Joe Amabile from Becca Kufrin‘s season who recently found fame becoming the Internet’s newest obsession. We have Eric Bigger from Rachel Lindsay‘s season and The Bachelor Winter Games whose smile could melt the coldest of hearts. Plus, there’s former Becca suitor David Ravitz who made his grand entrance in a chicken suit. We can’t forget the Tia Booth–Colton Underwood love triangle or Tia’s former competitors for Arie Luyendyk Jr. ‘s heart, Krystal Nielson and Chelsea Roy.
Some love stories prevailed (Jordan Kimball and Jenna Cooper, Krystal and Chris Randone), others morphed into love triangles/rhombuses/parallelograms. A clear and united hero in Bachelor Nation this season was Grocery Store Joe, who continued to prove his kindheartedness and dedication to Kendall Long. Although they broke up on the show, the two revealed at the Bachelor in Paradise reunion that they’re together and doing just fine, thanks. Fans rallied behind Grocery Store Joe and advocated on his behalf to become the next Bachelor, although the title ultimately went to Paradise alum Underwood.
Not all reality TV hope is lost for Joe. Chris Harrison announced to the crowd that he “knows some people” and pulled some strings and got America’s favorite grocery store owner a spot on Dancing With the Stars.
Throughout the season, E! News will keep tabs on some of the sauciest and best tweets from B.N. See below for some prime examples.
This marks the end for Bachelor in Paradise, but we can say with full confidence that B.N. proved itself to be as strong and as sassy as ever.
Bachelor in Paradise airs Mondays and Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
(This article was originally published on August 7, 2018)
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