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'Bachelor Pad' packed full of drama, romance

August 9, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Melissa Rycroft first came into our world as a reality show contestant during season 13 of "The Bachelor."

She's since moved into the hosting world and her latest gig has landed her alongside Chris Harrison for the new ABC reality series "Bachelor Pad."

"Bachelor Pad" hopes to mix things up in the reality TV world with elements of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette's" potential romances, "Survivor's" challenges and eliminations, and "Big Brother's" theme that the cameras are always rolling.

The 19 contestants are familiar faces returning from previous seasons of "The Bachelor" and "The Bachelorette," and they'll ultimately have to choose between love and money.

"The good thing about 'Bachelor Pad' is everyone came back into the house and they knew what to expect, you know. They know there's going to be cameras on them, they know there's drama, there's love and all those elements mixed in, and I just got to sit back and watch it," said Rycroft.

"When you mix everything from the love and the romance and the hookups and the breakups, the competitions and the eliminations, there's a lot going on in one show," the co-host added.

Each week contestants will square off in various challenges and then vote each other off the show.

The grand prize for this competition is $250,000.

"It is a lot of money but it's love too, and from a girl's point of view I'll take love over money any day," said Rycroft.

"Bachelor Pad" airs at 8 p.m. on ABC7.


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