The Bachelor franchise is almost 20 years in and still growing, with a new spin-off, The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart, set to premiere this spring. Listen to Your Heart will put a new spin on the Bachelor in Paradise format, with 23 aspiring musicians living together, jamming together, and going on music-related dates. It will run for six weeks and introduce an entirely new cast of Bachelor Nation characters.
With production on The Bachelorette postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, Listen to Your Heart may be the last new Bachelor franchise season we get for awhile. Here's what you need to know about Listen to Your Heart.
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It premieres April 13
The Chris Harrison-hosted Listen to Your Heart will slide into ABC's Monday at 8/7c to 10/9c slot. It's set to bridge the gap between The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, which will premiere later this year. The plan was for there to be a nearly year-round Bachelor presence on ABC in 2020, flowing from The Bachelor to Listen to Your Heart to The Bachelorette to Bachelor Summer Games to Bachelor in Paradise, but that schedule is up in the air due to the coronavirus pandemic's upheaval of the global economy.
It's sort of like The Bachelor meets American Idol
Here's how ABC describes the show: "The Bachelor Presents: Listen to Your Heart unites two of the most emotionally powerful forces in human life: music and love, as 20 single men and women embark on an incredible journey to find love through music. Singing well-known songs, both individually and as couples, they will look to form attractions through the melodies, find and reveal their feelings and ultimately, fall in love.
"The eligible bachelors and bachelorettes will meet and explore their relationships while living together and going on Bachelor-style dates that focus on music. Once the couples commit to each other, it will be time to take their relationship to the next level. The harmony of the couples will be tested through musical challenges, including live performances judged by some of the biggest names in the music business. Ultimately, the couples whose performances reveal their love and devotion to one another will continue to be given a chance to further their relationships until only one couple is left standing."
Here's the trailer
Meet the cast
The singers will all be newcomers to Bachelor Nation — no Jed Wyatt here. ABC released the 23 men and women who will be competing, who can be seen in the gallery below. Their full bios with fun facts are on ABC.com.
ABC also released a video that gives a closer look at the cast.
It will have some fun celebrity guests
BachelorNation.com announced that musical and celebrity special guest judges and performers will include Jason Mraz, Kesha, Toni Braxton, Andy Grammer, Train's Pat Monahan, Ashlee Simpson-Ross, Evan Ross, Rita Wilson, Jewel, Taye Diggs, Plain White T's, producer John Alagia, radio hosts Valentine in the Morning, jazz duo Marty and Elayne, Bachelor franchise stalwart Chris Lane, and Shaggy.
The Bachelor: Listen to Your Heart premieres Monday, April 13 at 8/7c on ABC.