Everything We Know About The Bachelor Winter Games So Far

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Even though The Bachelor just kicked off another season last week, fans have another show to look forward to in the very near future: the Bachelor Winter Games. This year’s inaugural season has mostly been a mystery, but now that the premiere is just a month away, we finally have more information about the show that will help answer some of our questions.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the games will include competitions (and plenty of opportunities to fall in love, duh) between former Bachelor contestants from all of the world. Yes, that’s right: joining the cast are some of the contestants from the franchise’s international incarnations. Host Chris Harrison will also be joined by the longest married Bachelorette couple, Trista and Ryan Sutter, as grand marshals. It’s about to get so real, guys.

And just in case you’re not convinced about how legit these games really are, there’s this little detail: ESPN’s Hannah Storm will be providing commentary and Olympic athletes like Nancy Kerrigan and Randy Gardner will also appear on the show.

Monday also brought the cast announcement, which includes a few familiar faces as well as some most fans probably won’t recognize. The cast members are divided up into teams depending on where they hail from, and the US team includes some of the usual suspects, like Ashley Iaconetti, Dean Unglert, and Clare Crawley. On the international side, former contestants from countries like Canada, New Zealand, Japan, Switzerland, and Australia will all be ready to roll. Who knows? Maybe we’ll finally see our beloved contestants fall in love with someone from a foreign land, and then they can star on 90 Day Fiancé. We can dream, right?

The US team also includes Luke Pell, Ben Higgins, Eric Bigger, Jamey Kocan, Josiah Graham, Lesley Murphy, and Michael Garofola.

A press release from ABC said:

Throughout the run of the Bachelor Winter Games, fans can expect twists and turns on and off the ski mountain, as well as romance, heartbreak, love and, of course, roses. The bachelors and bachelorettes will participate in challenges from winter biathlon to ice dancing, with date cards being given to the winners of each challenge. Romantic dates will test the bachelors’ and bachelorettes’ perseverance in pursuing relationships with one another while faced with language barriers and cultural differences, including some amusing issues with intimacy.

“Amusing issues with intimacy”? Sign us up! Other fan favorites will be making appearances on the show, too, even if they’re not competing themselves. Yes, current Bachelor Arie Luyendyk Jr. will be popping in, and so will Rachel Lindsay and JoJo Fletcher. It sounds like an incredibly cheesy spinoff show, but isn’t that what the Bachelor franchise does best? We wouldn’t miss it for a dozen roses… unless, of course, one of them is the first impression rose. We all know how important those are.

The Bachelor Winter Games four-episode run premieres on February 13, which means for a month, we’ll get a double dose of Bachelor goodness. Get that Fantasy Suite Cabernet Sauvignon poured (because yes — Bachelor-themed wine is a real thing and it’s delicious), because it seems like there’s going to be a lot of drama this winter. Bring it on!