Are Bachelor in Paradise contestants being paid?

Bachelor in Paradise season 2 will premiere Sunday, August 2nd and Monday, August 3rd on ABC. Many Bachelor/Bachelorette cast-offs will head to the Playa Escondida Resort in Sayulita Mexico to search for a life partner in 3 weeks on reality television.

Season 1 was very entertaining, but apparently was not as luxurious as it appeared. Contestants were less than impressed with their bug-infested accommodations in Tulum, Mexico.

So is it really worth it? Are the contestants being paid or compensated in other ways aside from a free trip to an exotic locale and a never-ending stream of very strong cocktails?

Yes, and Reality Steve suggests that 3 weeks in Paradise pays pretty nice. Anywhere from $7,000 to $15,000, but he also adds not everyone gets to make that much.

For season 1 RS claimed,

“I know they all got a flat rate to come on,” RS dishes. But note that he adds “some might’ve got an additional stipend per episode” — though he was not sure about that possibility.

As a side note on season 1 producers hinted to contestants that there would be a big prize if they made it to the end (sort of like Bachelor Pad), so last year I suspect Robert Graham thought he was playing a game. But the big twist was there was no twist, no cash, just love.

Here is the tentative cast list thus far. 

On season two Marcus Grodd and Lacy Faddoul will get married on the premiere and ABC will spring for the cost of the wedding rings and all. Not bad, right?

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