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How Bachelor In Paradise’s David Spade And Other Guest Hosts Change Things Up, According To Wells Adams

Lil Jon yells "Yeah!" as guest host on Bachelor in Paradise

Paradise is officially open, and along with a new mix of our favorite Bachelor Nation castoffs, and Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 is treating fans to a variety of guest hosts, with ABC going in a different direction when replacing longtime host Chris Harrison. Where Harrison often brought the sage advice of a father-like figure, Bachelor in Paradise has always taken itself less seriously, and is doubling down with hosts from comedic and musical backgrounds, including David Spade, Lil Jon, Tituss Burgess and Lance Bass. And franchise vet Wells Adams seems pumped about the changes.

As someone in charge who’s been around the Paradise block before, the contestant-turned-bartender Wells Adams spent the Season 7 premiere embracing the role of confidante to the love-seekers. Adams recently spoke to US Weekly about how each of the celebrity hosts brings their own flavor to Paradise, with fans getting their first taste of superfan David Spade’s hilariously casual hosting expertise in the premiere. According to Wells:

What’s fun about the different guest hosts for BiP this year is that everyone brings a different thing. Obviously, David brings his snarky humor and also, like, his fanboy-ness — he’s a big fan of the show. [He was] blown away by the production of it all and [being] integrated into this thing that he likes to watch on Mondays on ABC. But then he’s just so funny and so quick, like, my face hurt after doing shoots with him.

Wells Adams highlighted David Spade’s longtime love for the Bachelor franchise, and I can’t imagine what it must have been like for the actor to be right there in the middle of the action. In the Bachelor in Paradise preview for what’s coming up this season, viewers were privy to small peeks at the rest of the guest hosts, with Lil Jon providing his signature “Yeah!” Tituss Burgess said he could feel the tension in the air (tonight), while Lance Bass showed off a little dancing. Adams spoke to how incorporating musicians into the show contributed to the overall jovial mood in Paradise.

Lance brings the musicality, as does Lil Jon — but Lil Jon brings a lot of positive energy; you’ll see on the show, he comes at a time in which everyone kind of needs a lot of positive energy, so that was really wonderful. And Tituss doesn’t stop singing. So in a world where we can’t play music because of the rights to things, it was really nice to have Tituss in there just singing in the background the entire time.

Bringing in guest hosts with musical backgrounds does seem to be like a great way to keep the energy high. And why did it take seven seasons to realize Bachelor in Paradise needed a hype man to counterbalance Chris Harrison's sobering energy?

After seeing how David Spade fit into the hosting role in the Bachelor in Paradise Season 7 premiere, I’m excited to see more of the other guest hosts, as it looks like things are going to get pretty heated on the beach this summer. (And that ain't no lie, baby, bye, bye, bye.)

Bachelor in Paradise returns with new episodes on August 23 and 24 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. And be sure to check out our 2021 Fall TV schedule so you don’t miss the premieres of any of your other favorite shows.

Heidi Venable

Mom of two and hard-core '90s kid. Unprovoked, will quote Friends in any situation. Can usually be found rewatching The West Wing instead of doing anything productive.