'The Bachelor Winter Games' premiere wins gold with international contestants

George Back
Producer, Yahoo Entertainment

It was an international affair when The Bachelor Winter Games got underway in Vermont. The new format brings The Bachelor and The Bachelorette stars from all over the globe under one roof in the hope that they’ll kiss — or, as they say in New Zealand, “snog.”

This show is a cross between Bachelor in Paradise and a winter sporting event. And it enlists the help of contestants from various Bachelor franchises in China, Sweden, Australia, and more countries.

One of the more memorable contestants was a Japanese woman named Yuki. Even though she doesn’t speak English and none of the other contestants speak Japanese, she has managed to steal some hearts.

There were also a lot of familiar faces from the American franchise. Ben showed up in an effort to get over his recent breakup with Lauren. Clare came out of self-imposed retirement to prove that anyone can find love as long as they’re willing to do four seasons of reality TV. She joked about being pregnant, but she’s not … yet

Ashley I. also joined the show. She wasted no time in having a complete emotional breakdown. Hopefully she’ll keep her tears inside where they won’t freeze and scratch her.

It looks to be an interesting season. Five contestants were eliminated during the first episode, so seeing how it shakes out should be entertaining.

The Bachelor Winter Games airs Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 p.m. on ABC.

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