So, is Bachelor in Paradise worth the watch? If you’re anything like me, then you might be considering bailing on the franchise altogether. However, based on the premiere episode of Bachelor in Paradise, I think it deserves one more shot. There are two key reasons for this decision: 1. David Spade and 2. BiP is my last hope.
First, Spade makes his debut as the show’s new guest host, and he doesn’t disappoint. During the arrivals, it’s hilarious to watch some of the contestants (*cough, Tammy, cough*) recognize him and then totally butcher his name. “Dave Chappelle?” In addition to offering comedic relief, Spade also takes a realistic approach that I’ve never seen on The Bachelor franchise. “Let’s re-meet the people we’ve already met a hundred times,” he said while introducing the contestants.
Second, Bachelor in Paradise is more respectable than, let’s say, The Bachelorette. BiP is different because the dating scene is actually realistic. When it comes to The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, the feelings are often forced because the contestants have no other choice but to “fall for” the lead.
With BiP, the singles are given a choice. They’re allowed to talk to multiple love interests before taking someone on a date. And even then, they can change their mind at any moment to pursue someone else. Yes, this format causes more drama between the contestants. But it also presents a more realistic dating environment that occasionally results in success stories. And for that reason, I remain hopeful that BiP will be far less painful than its spin-offs.