It wasn't long ago when getting eliminated from The Bachelor or The Bachelorette meant the end of a contestant's 15 minutes of fame.
Luckily, the franchise's bastard child, or drunk cousin, or summer break - whatever you want to call Bachelor in Paradise - fixed that.
The show will be on its fourth run this summer, as castoffs from the two dating competitions reunite in the tropics for booze and hookups.
Hey, it's a formula that works, and we are grateful for it.
Thanks to Nick Viall's just-completed season of The Bachelor, the casting possibilities are better and more insane than ever in 2017.
Here are the guys and girls who NEED to appear.
1. Corinne Olympios
The most obvious Bachelor in Paradise cast member ever created. If Corinne Olympios doesn't appear on it this summer, there's basically no reason to be producing the show (or for this planet to be lived on).
2. Raven Gates
So many orgasms are experienced each summer on Bachelor in Paradise. What better place for Raven Gates to enjoy her first (we refuse to believe Nick got her there).
3. Liz Sandoz
Liz Sandoz needs to come to Paradise to talk about her one-night stand with Nick Viall for the 79th time, then have more one-night stands with other Bachelor rejects.
4. Danielle Maltby
Danielle Maltby was a girl who could've gone a lot farther on Nick's season had it not been for the strong personalities she was up against. In other words, a perfect match for Paradise.
5. Chad Johnson
Probably second only to Corinne in terms of obviousness, Chad Johnson must return for a second stint if only to terrify the other cast members and be lectured by Chris Harrison again. That was awesome.
6. Grant Kemp and Lace Morris
and Lace Morris never made it far on The Bachelorette or The Bachelor, but coupled up almost immediately last season in Paradise. Eventually, they broke up, which would make a second stint on the show potentially super awkward ... and must-see TV.