Australia’s most popular social experiment is now in its ninth season.

And with this new crop of brides and grooms, are our three returning Married at First Sight Australia 2022 experts Mel Schilling, John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla

Whether you’ve been a fan of the show since the beginning or only just discovering it now, we’ve put together a quick guide to get to know the experts.

Married at First Sight Australia 2022 experts Mel Schilling, John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla have returned for 2022. Source: Nine.

John Akien

John Aiken has over 25 years of experience specialising in relationships. He focuses on giving out practical advice to singles and couples. 

One of the OG MAFS experts, he’s been known to call out some problematic AF behaviour from many of the show’s stars including James Susler and Bryce Ruthven. 

Expert John Akien has been known to openly call out contestants for problematic behaviour on MAFS. Source: Instagram @johnakien

Outside of being a therapist, the 51-year-old was a New Zealand Cricketer from 1989-2001. He has also been happily married to Kelly Swanson Roe for 14 years. The pair have two children.

John has also appeared as an expert on many other shows, including ABC’s Making Couples Happy and Making Families Happy. He also appeared as the relationship expert on the Today Show and A Current Affair.

John has been one of the longest-running experts on Married at First Sight since joining in 2015, alongside Trisha Stratford and Sabina Read. 

Mel Schilling

Besides her well-known MAFS presence as one of Australia’s favourite love experts, Mel Schilling has plenty of experience in the relationships department and has been a love expert for 20 years.

She is all about educating and motivating people to be their best, no matter where they’re from! Go, Mel!

The 49-year-old also made history as the first Australian expert to be accredited by the International Dating Coach Association.

Mel Schilling is the second-longest-running coach on MAFS Australia. Source: Instagram @mel_schilling1

She has a plethora of talents, including being a coach, speaker, TV presenter, and consultant. Plus, running plenty of programs that are all about boosting confidence and leadership capabilities.

She’s been married to an online betting business owner, Gareth Brisbane, since December of last year. 

The pair wed with Mel sporting an unconventional yet gorgeous blue gown years after meeting on the infamous dating site Eharmony! The pair share a daughter, Madison. 

Mel is the second longest-running judge to appear on Married at First Sight Australia since her stint began in 2016. She also stars as an expert on Married at First Sight UK.

Alessandra Rampolla

Alessandra is one of Married at First Sight’s newer additions who came to spice up the 2020 season, capturing the hearts of many Australians.

The 47-year-old,  who hails from San Juan in Puerto Rico, has over 20 years of experience as a certified sexologist and has a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy plus a whole host of other sexology degrees to her name.

Alexandra Rampolla is a sexologist who made her MAFS debut in 2020. Source: Instagram @alessarampolla

While it may be her first show here in Australia, this isn’t her first stint on TV. She’s actually been on various programs around the world including Dr Phil. She also hosts her own radio show and is the best-selling author of five books. 

Last season, she caused a stir with MAFS star, James, who falsely professed his love for her in front of his on-screen wife Jo. Yikes!

Cue the intimacy exercises from last season… 

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