Ready for some surprises? The cast for “Bachelor Pad 3” is certainly going to surprise many of you — especially when it comes to them using the same guy who won last year all over again.
Here are the official names of both the returning contestants and the new faces appearing on this season.
The returning stars
Lindzi Cox (Ben Flajnik’s season) – The reigning runner-up of “The Bachelor,” and likely to go far.
Blakely Shea (Ben Flajnik’s season) – Considering that she was polarizing the first time around, she probably will be this time, too.
Sarah Newlon (Brad Womack’s season) – Honestly, we barely remember her.
Jamie Otis (Ben Flajnik’s season) – Who will she awkwardly try to kiss this time around after being quiet for several weeks?
Erica Rose (mostly recently of “Bachelor Pad 2”) – Erica is going to try to find love again, and hopefully it works better this time around.
Jaclyn Swartz (Ben Flajnik’s season) – She was loud at the reunion, and she slammed Blakely during her season. Expect fireworks.
Rachel Trueheart (Ben Flajnik’s season) – How many people from Ben’s season do we need?
Ryan Hoag (DeAnna Pappas’ season) – A former football player, and a guy who is here for love over money.
Kalon McMahon (Emily Maynard’s season) – Why is Kalon here? Because people hated him, and we see him being a pretty early boot here, as well.
Nick Peterson (Ashley Hebert’s season) – Nick is the buff guy who looks like Simon Baker. That’s all you need to know.
Tony Pieper (Emily Maynard’s season) – This one is strange. Tony couldn’t handle being away from his son on Emily’s season, so how is he going to do it here? More importantly, why is he going to do it here?
Reid Rosenthal (Jillian Harris’ season) – There’s quite a backstory here. In addition to being rejected multiple times by Jillian, he also hooked up once with Sarah Newton. Drama!
Michael Stagliano (reigning champion) – After watching his ex Holly hook up with Blake last year, he obviously wants some new memories … and some new money? (We did a pretty long interview with Michael after last season — check it out!)
Ed Swiderski (Jillian Harris’ season) – He actually was engaged to Jillian for some time, but he saw his relationship plagued at the start by the tabloids.
Brittany and Erica Taltos – Yes, these are the twins from “Jersey Shore” season 4 — and they are also going to be playing as one contestants, as if it’s not strange enough. Twinning!
Paige Vigil – She writes recaps for the show in her college newspaper. In other words, she’s a superfan.
Donna Zitelli – We already know that she is interested in Stagliano. Is this season just being fed to him?
Chris Bain – He’s a country boy. He’ll probably win.
David Mallet – Does anyone else find it funny that a guy named “mallet” is an MMA fighter?
What’s the biggest surprise of this cast to you? Stay tuned, as we’ll have more coverage of “Bachelor Pad 3” leading up to its premiere on Monday, July 23.