Despite the absolute cash cow a celebrity version of Married at First Sight Australia 2023 would be, the largely criticised all-stars season has been canned.
For now, at least.
In May, rumours of a celeb-riddled season of MAFS were heightened after journalist Richard Wilkins spilled that he was offered “a lot” of moola to take on the experiment.
“I won’t mention the amount of money but a lot of zeros,” he told Nova’s Fitzy & Wippa at the time.
Now, another star who was in talks to appear in the VIP season has revealed the upcoming instalment will no longer be celeb-centric.
The source added that Nine “had to halt it because they didn’t have enough interest”.
And no wonder! We’ve all seen what Married at First Sight can do to someone’s reputation…
“I don’t think we need to go down the path of Celebrity MAFS,” he said. “I think we just keep 2023 with essentially the same ingredients: singles looking for love, trying their best to fall in love.”
Not to mention drama, blue ticks and fiery feuds, eh, John?
Married at First Sight Has Already Started Casting for Season 10
In addition to the tea that celebrity MAFS is on the backburner, a number of sources told So Dramatic! that Nine is already in the process of casting “normal people” for season 10.
“They are currently casting for the new season of MAFS and there are some interesting people who have auditioned,” one production insider dished.
According to the source, auditions have recently been held at an office in Sydney’s Surry Hills.
They also confirmed that the show’s executive producer, Tara McWilliams, will still oversee the series. This is despite her appointment to Director of Content at Endemol Shine, the production company behind MAFS.
Further confirming the impending normie season, a So Dramatic! listener slid into our DMs saying their friend was contacted by producers.
In an attached screenshot of the email, the producer asked if the person in question was “still single and interested” in MAFS 2023.
What’s more, is that producers have reportedly been reaching out to “all the POC content creators in Sydney” to apply.
“A couple of Black TikTok creators are currently in talks with producers,” one insider revealed.
More diversity on reality TV? As Lizzo would say: it’s about damn time!
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