'Bachelor Pad 3' Cast Announced: Will You -- And Should You -- Watch?

From familiar faces to a cast of newbies, Bachelor Pad is back and new hook-ups and spicy drama are sure to ensue

ABC has announced the cast of Bachelor Pad 3! So…who gets to rise to this next round of twisted challenges, like blindfolded kissing contests and binge-and-purge pie-eating competitions? To fill out housemate surveys with categories like "dumbest person in the house" and "worst boob job," and then cry and trash talk each other when the results are announced? Read on for the list of this season's lucky individuals, who will head back to the small screen on July 23 on ABC:

Michael Stagliano (Season 2's returning champion), heads up the list. Bachelor Pad 2 viewers will recall that Stagliano's win was bittersweet. During the finale, he and his Bachelor Pad partner (and ex fiancee) Holly Durst found out that they were the season's winners. But in that same finale, Stagliano also found out on camera that Durst had just gotten engaged to fellow contestant -- and season villain -- Blake Julian. (The two just tied the knot on June 2.) Stagliano admitted that he "was caught off guard, humiliated" by the news. 

Kalon McMahon (the latest Bachelorette villain) will also compete. McMahon is the luxury brand consultant who admitted to the current Bachelorette, Emily Maynard, that he'd called her daughter Ricki "baggage." She responded by telling him to "get the f@#$ out." So…he's out of The Bachelorette mansion and into the Bachelor Pad one. He's probably better suited for the latter, anyway. 

And Ed Swiderski (the winner of Bachelorette, season 5) is free to take part in the Bachelor Pad shenanigans, since his engagement to Bachelorette Jillian Harris didn't pan out. He has a reputation as a ladies' man, so we're sure there will be some smooching scandals surrounding him. 

Bachelor Ben Flajnik's runner-up Lindzi Cox will also be moving into the mansion -- but, is she too sweet for the skeezy house hijinks? While she had a good-girl reputation during her season, she may have picked up a few bad-girl ways from Ben's current fiancee Courtney Robertson. After conceding defeat, Cox told Lara Spencer on Good Morning America, "Maybe if I skinny-dipped (like Courtney did) I wouldn't be here with you." Will she use this Robertson tactic to get far in the competition?

Someone else who has Bachelor Pad experience will also be back in action -- Erica Rose from Prince Lorenzo Borghese 's season. This bombshell has no qualms about using her feminine wiles to get her far. We'll have to wait and see which guy she targets this season as her newest conquest!

Here are the remaining contestants, not including one more of Maynard's suitors who's currently still competing for her affections.

Reid Rosenthal (Bachelorette season 5, Jillian Harris)

Ryan Hoag (Bachelorette season 4, DeAnna Pappas)

Nick Peterson (Bachelorette season 7, Ashley Hebert)

Tony Pieper (Bachelorette season 8, Emily Maynard)

Blakely Jones (Bachelor season 16, Ben Flajnik)

Sarah Newlon (Bachelor, Season 11, Brad Womack)

Jamie Otis (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik)

Jaclyn Swartz (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik)

Rachel Trueheart (Bachelor, Season 16, Ben Flajnik)

And since there's always a twist, this year, it's not just former Bachelor and Bachelorette participants who will frolic poolside in a Hollywood mansion while competing for a $250,000 prize. Five "superfans" have been selected through open auditions to join in. Did the producers fail to wrangle enough former Bachelor/Bachelorette contestants to fill out the group? Or are the new faces an effort to reinvigorate season 3? That's hard to say. But it's too bad they weren't able to convince Ben Flajnik and Courtney Robertson to come on board. That unbalanced pair would be a wonderful addition to Bachelor Pad's bawdy, taboo-busting dynamic!

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