Think of it as a low rent “Battle of the Network Stars.” On Sunday, alums of ABC’s long running “Bachelor” franchise faced off in a special “Bachelors vs. Bachelorettes” edition of the network’s obstacle course game show, “Wipeout.”
Former “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” contestants including Erica Rose, Tenley Molzahn, Michelle Kujawa, Arie Luyendyk, Graham Bunn, and Natalie Getz took on obstacles and games with names like the Beaver and Beaverettes and the Big Balls.
On August 3, Entertainment Weekly, posted some of the top moments from the campy reality competition, which included Rose’s lame trek on the qualifying course (she quit it) and her attempt to catch the eye of fan fave Arie Luyendyk (she had an epic fail on that one, too.)
Another recurring reality TV face, Graham Bunn, used his fame extension to dish on his new line of motivational necklaces, while “Formula 1” Luyendyk declared, “I live to race, I race to win!” before trying his luck against the Big Balls.
But the highlight of the show was the epic win from “Bachelorette Season 9” alum Zack Kalter (dubbed “Anti-Lover Boy”), who nabbed a $50,000 cash prize and a ticket to the “Tournament of Champions” battle at the end of the season. You can see the entire “Wipeout” episode on ABC.com.
Of course, this isn’t the first time former stars of the reality romance series have faced off in a competition. Besides their original race for the rose, many of these alums competed in the network’s now defunct summertime game show, “Bachelor Pad.” And some of them, like Kalter, Bunn, and Kujawa, will show their faces on ABC once again when they compete in the spinoff, “Bachelor in Paradise,” which premieres tonight.
It’s clear that “Bachelor” producers like to recycle their contestants. And by putting Luyendyk out there again, it’s only fueling rumors that he’s in line to be the next star of “The Bachelor.” After Sunday night’s “Wipeout” broadcast, the race car driving hunk tweeted, “Whelp @Wipeout was officially more embarrassing than @BacheloretteABC but it was a blast!”
“Bachelor in Paradise” premieres on Monday, Aug. 4 at 7 p.m. ET on ABC.