Air Date: Monday, July 23, 2012
Time Slot: 8:00 PM-10:02 PM EST on ABC
Episode Title: (#301-120) "Episode 301"
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The Bachelors and Bachelorettes Compete In Their First Challenge, "Falling for Love"

"Episode 301" - Hosted by Chris Harrison ("The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette"), "Bachelor Pad" returns MONDAY, JULY 23 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a new season, joining together some of the most memorable and controversial characters from the "Bachelor" franchise. Five "Super Fans" found through an open casting call, will spice it up in the mansion and compete for love and money against veteran bachelors and bachelorettes. The group heads to the mansion to live, scheme and connive as they compete for $250,000 - and possibly another chance at love. In the first group challenge, "Falling for Love," the men and women couple up and try to keep each other from falling out of quickly tilting hearts hoisted high up off the ground. The winning couple is safe from elimination, but the couple that falls first will each carry a vote against them into the rose ceremony.

Each week the contestants will square off in head-to-head challenges to compete for immunity and the opportunity to go on a date with contestants of their choice. The winner of each challenge will then grant immunity to one of his or her dates via the presentation of a rose. At the end of each episode, the contestants will vote amongst themselves - the men will vote off a woman and vice versa -- to determine which cast members will be eliminated from the competition.

The 20 contestants set to lay it all on the line for love and/or money are:

The Women

LINDZI COX ("The Bachelor" Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Lindzi has not been heard from since she was rejected by Ben Flajnik on that fateful day. She was heartbroken, and buried herself in work and her passion -- horses. But Lindzi is determined to move on. She does not care for anyone that gossips and is ready to compete for money and love. Occupation: Development Manager Age: 27 Residence: Bellevue, WA

BLAKELEY JONES ("The Bachelor" Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Last time Blakeley did not get along with the women in the house. She admits that she probably could have done a better job of making friends, but now she's not here to make friends. Blakeley is here to win all the money. Occupation: Esthetician Age: 34 Residence: Charlotte, NC

SARAH NEWLON ("The Bachelor" Season 11, Brad Womack) This girl does not want her 15 minutes of fame to end. She is single and ready to mingle, and eager to get in the mansion to hang out with the hot single men. A friend of Erica Rose, she knows she needs to do anything to stay in "Bachelor Pad." Sharing the mansion with Reid should also be interesting since Sarah shared an intimate kiss with Reid while he had a girlfriend. Occupation: Bar Manager Age: 28 Residence: St. Louis, MO

JAMIE OTIS ("The Bachelor" Season 16, Ben Flajnik) The last time we saw Jamie, she had an awkward kiss with Ben before being sent home. Jamie has made a lot of changes since she has been on the show. A mother figure to her siblings, when she got home Jamie realized that her siblings were growing up and can live without her. For once she is living her life as and for herself. Jamie also thinks Jaclyn is toxic. Occupation: Registered Nurse Age: 25 Residence: New York, NY

ERICA ROSE ("The Bachelor" Season 9, Prince Lorenzo Borghese) Erica was a presence on "Bachelor Pad 2," speaking the truth and stirring the pot. But after being voted off and sent back home, she is now ready to return and win the money all for herself. She also has a love/hate relationship with Kalon, who is from her hometown. Occupation: Law Student Age: 29 Residence: Houston, TX

JACLYN SWARTZ ("The Bachelor" Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Jaclyn is super competitive, smart, manipulative but well liked amongst the cast, despite being a self-proclaimed mean girl. This smart-mouthed woman will tell it like it is, but still stay on everyone's good side to ensure that she is kept in the house. However Jaclyn thinks Rachel Trueheart wants to be just like her. Occupation: Account Manager Age: 27 Residence: Newton, MA

RACHEL TRUEHEART ("The Bachelor" Season 16, Ben Flajnik) Rachel narrowly escaped going home on the 2-on-1 with Blakeley, but still remained closed off, which ultimately led to her demise. Now she is back, and finally open to love - and even more open to taking home a lot of money. But this could be a challenge since Jaclyn gets really annoyed with Rachel. Occupation: Executive Assistant Age: 27 Residence: New York, NY

BRITTANY AND ERICA TALTOS (Super Fans) These two are the definition of double the trouble and double the fun. They're in it for the money and maybe to find a guy, but nothing serious. Erica has the reputation for being the smarter, more conservative twin. She is still a virgin and has not dated much. Brittany, however, could not be more unlike Erica; she is the flirtatious, boy-crazy twin. As fans, the twins think Erica is snobby, boring and not pretty. Occupation: Students Age: 22 Residence: Gainesville, FL

PAIGE VIGIL (Super Fan) As a dedicated fan of " The Bachelor," Paige has preconceived notions of all previous cast members from writing " The Bachelor" recaps in her college newspaper, and admits she will be a bit star-struck. She may look sweet and innocent, but do not underestimate her; Paige will use her knowledge of the cast to her advantage. Though she will put up a good fight for the money, she ultimately hopes to find the love of her life and settle down. Occupation: Jumbo Tron Operator Age: 24 Residence: New York, NY

DONNA ZITELLI (Super Fan) This sight for sore eyes is a trifecta of beauty, personality and brains. Donna graduated third in her class, and loves drawing and writing songs. She knows people underestimate her intelligence because of her beauty - little do they know she has no problem playing it up and using her beauty and brains to win the money. Donna would love to go on a date with Michael Stagliano. Occupation: Student Age: 22 Residence: Hackensack, NJ

The Men

RYAN HOAG ("The Bachelorette" Season 4, DeAnna Pappas) Ryan is a person who stands strong in his beliefs and is one to let it be known. He did not find love on DeAnna's season, and is not going on "Bachelor Pad" to find it either - he is here for the money. He is by far one of the more handsome men in the mansion and will be an object of desire - could a possible love interest distract him from winning the cash, or will he stay focused on the prize? Occupation: High School Dean/ Age: 32 Residence: Minneapolis, MN Former NFL Player

KALON MCMAHON ("The Bachelorette" Season 8, Emily Maynard) Kalon was the villain on Emily's season. But at least he was honest. Maybe Kalon is not ready to settle down, but he is ready to dominate those inferior to him. He will charm the women, will compliment the men and will go all the way to the end just to keep the money all to himself. Plus, he is frenemies with Erica Rose. Occupation: Luxury Brand Consultant Age: 27 Residence: Houston, TX

NICK PETERSON ("The Bachelorette" Season 7, Ashley Hebert) Nick never really made much of an impression on Ashley. He was too reserved and too concerned that he would make a fool of himself. As a result, he never got the chance for love. He finally found his footing at "The Men Tell All," and now he is ready to show America and all of "Bachelor Nation" just who he is. And he's going to use his body to make sure no one votes him off. Occupation: Trainer Age: 27 Residence: Tampa, FL

TONY PIEPER ("The Bachelorette" Season 8, Emily Maynard) Tony temporarily left his son to be with the one girl he truly believed was meant for him, Emily. After having his heart broken on "The Bachelorette," he realized that there is more out there for him and is ready to find his true love. Occupation: Lumber Trader Age: 30 Residence: Portland, OR

REID ROSENTHAL ("The Bachelorette" Season 5, Jillian Harris) Reid is most remembered as coming back to propose to Jillian after she had already rejected him - only to be rejected all over again. He later found love with his long-term girlfriend of several years, with whom he just recently ended things. Plus, when he was still with his girlfriend, he hooked up with Sarah Newton, who is now living with him in "Bachelor Pad." At this point, Reid is unsure what he wants out of life when it comes to career, love or money, and hopes to figure this out in "Bachelor Pad." Occupation: Realtor Age: 33 Residence: Philadelphia, PA

MICHAEL STAGLIANO ("The Bachelorette" Season 5, Jillian Harris, "Bachelor Pad 2") Last time Michael came on "Bachelor Pad," he got the money. But sadly for him, money cannot buy happiness. Soon after taking the win, he found out that his ex-fianc�, Holly, was engaged to Blake. This time he is not going to even think about the game or the money. He is just here to meet the girl of his dreams. Occupation: Entrepreneur Age: 27 Residence: Sherman Oaks, CA

ED SWIDERSKI ("The Bachelorette" Season 5, Jillian Harris) Ed won Jillian's love and got down on bended knee, but it did not last. They gave it their all, they have no regrets, but now he is single again. He found love on "The Bachelorette," so why could he not find it again on "Bachelor Pad?" Occupation: Technology Consultant Age: 33 Residence: Chicago, IL

CHRIS BAIN (Super Fan) Chris is an animated, good ole' country boy from Georgia. He thoroughly enjoys rush-kicking in doors, taking down criminals and flashing his tats. He is very similar to a �90s action movie hero in that he wants what every hero wants - the money and pretty girl on his arm. Chris hopes to leave "Bachelor Pad" with both. Occupation: SWAT Team Officer Age: 28 Residence: Canton, GA

DAVID MALLET (Super Fan) David is a fan of the show, but an even bigger fan of women and money. As an MMA fighter, David feels right at home being competitive and has earned the name "Kamikaze" because, when he fights, he either wins or nearly dies trying. "Bachelor Pad" is the perfect arena where he will be able to dominate in both fields. He would like to hook up with Lindzi. Occupation: Real Estate Agent/ Age: 28 Residence: Hoboken, NJ MMA Fighter

CHRIS BUKOWSKI ("The Bachelorette" Season 8, Emily Maynard ) After laying it all on the line and falling in love with Bachelorette Emily, Chris had his heart broken and was sent packing. But now he's packing up his things and returning to the mansion in hopes of mending his broken heart, winning the money and maybe even falling in love with a new woman on "Bachelor Pad." If he wins the money, Chris says he'll share it with his family, but will his frenemy Kalon come between Chris and a victory on "Bachelor Pad?" Occupation: Corporate Sales Director Age: 25 Residence: Chicago, IL

Hosted by Chris Harrison, "Bachelor Pad" is executive-produced by Mike Fleiss and Martin Hilton. "The Bachelor," "The Bachelorette" and "Bachelor Pad" are all produced by Next Entertainment in association with Warner Horizon Television.

"Bachelor Pad" is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC's selected HDTV format, with stereo sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to airdate.

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