For the last eight seasons, we’ve been wondering just how much the Married at First Sight Australia experts actually see of the couples during the experiment.
We FINALLY have some answers because John Aiken, Mel Schilling and Alessandra Rampolla have spilled. The. Tea!
The MAFS experts claim that they’re not really kept in the loop and aren’t shown footage of the participants’ day-to-day lives.
As a result, they enter the weekly dinner parties and commitment ceremonies knowing substantially less than we do as viewers.
This is exceptionally wild considering we always assumed they watched everything (and we mean everything).
“We literally see what you see us see. So it’s dinner parties and commitment ceremonies,” Mel confirmed to Yahoo Lifestyle.
Alessandra added that the love gurus rely on the contestants’ recounts to know what happened during the week.
The MAFS sexologist explained: “We don’t go to the weddings. We don’t know how they got on. We see nothing of the honeymoons. We just observe the dinner parties and we make comments on that.”
Why they thought any MAFS participants would be reliable narrators is beyond me, but I digress.
The MAFS Experts Have Admitted They Can Get it Wrong
The Married at First Sight Australia experts don’t have the best matchmaking track record.
Out of 75 couples matched across the show’s eight seasons, only five are still together today… Yikes!
Mel, who is a dating and confidence coach as well as a MAFS expert, put the shocking ratio down to the “unpredictable” nature of the experiment.
“There are times where we have such high hopes for a couple and then we just watch them break down before our very eyes, and vice versa where we might have had real doubts about a pairing and they just rise to the occasion.”
Speaking to New Idea last week, Alessandra echoed a similar sentiment. She confessed that the experts “can only take the contestants at face value.”
“We can only make matches based on the information the participants give us, but it’s hard when they say something and act another way.”
Even if the matches don’t go to plan, the 41-year-old hopes the show will, at the very least, “spark conversation”.
Oh, we are so sure it will Alessandra!
Watch Married at First Sight Australia on Sundays at 7.00 pm and Monday – Wednesday at 7.30 pm on Channel Nine.
Want even more goss? Listen to episode 142 of the So Dramatic! podcast with Megan Pustetto below!
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