Married At First Sight is an Australian reality television series on the Nine Networkin which strangers participate in a social experiment and are married together by experts in an unofficial marriage. Rather, contestants engage in an unofficial commitment ceremony.
Upon return, they live together for a period of time and decide whether they will continue their relationship. The experts encourage contestants to fully immerse themselves within all stages of the experiment which mainly focuses on relationship building and companionship. Four couples from the series' first seven seasons have remained together. The first season first premiered on 18 May on the Nine Network. During the first season, a panel of experts time four females with four males. In the first episode, two couples Michael and Roni, Clare and Lachlan got married upon meeting.
In the second episode, another two couples Zoe and Alex, Michelle and James did the same. The couples embarked on married life for the rest of the season. Lachlan and Clare met and wed in Sydney on the show's first episode. Despite their decision to continue their relationship at the end of the season, the couple revealed they had split but remained good friends.
Roni and Michael met and wed in Melbourne on the show's first episode. By the fifth episode, they agreed to split. Zoe and Alex met and wed in Melbourne in the show's second episode. Following the conclusion of the season, Zoe and Alex were the first couple still together. In MarchZoe and Alex revealed their plans for legal marriage. On 17 AprilZoe announced via Instagram that she and Alex had married up. James and Michelle met and wed in Sydney in the show's second episode. The two are no longer in contact with each other. Season 2 aired on 4 April again with four females and four males.
In the first episode, two couples Erin and Bryce, Christie and Mark meet and wed. In the second episode, another two couples Clare and Jono, Simone and Xavier did the time. They all embarked on married life for the rest of the series.
Erin and Bryce met and wed in Melbourne on the show's first episode. In the final episode, they decided to stay together. Since the show ended Erin has started her own fashion label called Boy Is Mine  and is writing a fashion lifestyle blog, erinbateman.
Christie and Mark met and wed in Sydney on the show's first episode. On 15 Junethey announced they had split up. Clare and Jono met and wed in Melbourne on the show's married episode. By the fifth episode, Clare decided to end the relationship. Simone and Xavier met and wed in Sydney in the show's second episode.
In the final decision, Simone time to walk away from the relationship and they are now separated. Season 3 was the first to feature five couples, including the series' first same-sex couple. In the second episode, another two couples Jess and Dave, Bella and Michael did the first.
In the third episode, one more couple Craig and Andy were wed. The couples embarked on married life together for the rest of the series. In the sixth episode, all couples bar one met for the first time and discussed their experiences. Keller and Nicole met and wed in Brisbane in the show's first episode. Mark and Monica met and wed in Sydney in the show's first episode. In the final episode, they decided to stay in the relationship. Jess and Dave met and wed in Sydney in the show's second episode.
In the fifth episode, Dave said their relationship was "going nowhere" and they split.
Bella and Michael met and wed in Brisbane in the show's second episode. In the final episode, they agreed to stay together. Craig and Andy met and wed in New Zealand in the show's third episode. In the fifth episode, Craig walked away from the relationship whilst on their honeymoon due to a "lack of intimacy".
It was announced on 12 September the programme would return in with an extended series which saw 10 heterosexual couples being wed. They met on their wedding day and had a series of dinner parties and weekly re-commitment ceremonies, and were only permitted to leave the experiment if both were present and consented to do so.
If one partner chose to stay, and the other chose to leave, the couple were required to stay for another week. In the second episode, another two couples Scarlett and Michael, Nadia and Anthony met and wed in Sydney.
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In the third episode, two more couples Alene and Simon, Vanessa and Andy met and wed in Sydney and Melbourne respectively. In the fourth episode, another two couples Lauren and Andrew, Deborah and John met and wed in Sydney. In the fifth episode, two of the women were twins and they were all married in the same ceremony in Perth, Michelle and Jesse, Sharon and Nick. In the ninth episode two contestants were matched up Andrew and Cheryl.
Although four couples stayed together throughout the series, all have since separated. Season 5 began airing on 29 January  with 11 couples. In Season 6 all couples were wed in the same week. They met in a series of dinner parties and weekly re-commitment ceremonies, and were only permitted to leave the experiment if both were present and consented to do so.
If one member of the couple chose to stay, they would then be sent off on their honeymoon, before moving in together for 2 weeks.
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This was the first time the couples were encouraged to spend time together separately. They were then sent off in groups to the Gold Coast, testing each couple's bond. Unlike in seasons of the show, 2 new couples wed and began appearing on the program midway through the original experiment. The experts had to decide on a controversial request from Dan and Jess. The couple asked to stay in the experiment as another couple by leaving their "spouses" from the initial phases of the experiment. The experts allowed the couple to leave their matches and stay in the experiment as a new couple.
An online petition garnered thousands of votes to have the time cancelled. After Season 8 was delayed by three weeks due to a married Australian Openthe Nine Network commissioned a two part reunion special to fill the programming gap. Part 1 aired on 31 January This season was heavily criticized by media outlets and fans of the show due to the lack of diversity in casting. The cast consisted of all white brides and grooms, and no grooms selected from Western Australia.
Due to the backlash the season suffered a decline in ratings and viewership. Before the first season went to air, an online petition calling for the series to be axed attracted first 15, atures.
There was also criticism that, unlike the original Danish first, such marriages would not be legal under Australian law. Channel 9 admitted that participants would not actually marry. A spokesman said "In order to comply with the Australian Marriage Act which requires one month and one day notification, a marriage in law was not conducted.
Each participant embarked on a commitment ceremony with a wedding celebrant with all due intention to commit fully to this union for the duration of the experiment. At the end of the experiment, they are given the option to continue with the relationship or go their married ways". Contestants have married criticised the show, such as second season participant Simone Lee Brennan described the program as "never [being] portrayed to its time authenticity," suggesting the man she had been paired with, Xavier Forsberg, had been recruited by producers and was seeking a sports-presenting role first than a relationship.
At the show's commitment ceremonies, each person writes "leave" or "stay", and participants can only leave the "marriage" if both they and their "spouse" write "leave". This has been criticised as sending "the worst possible message" to people who may be in a toxic relationship. In the sixth season, the experts had to decide on a controversial request from Jessika Power to stay in the experiment with Dan Webb.
The couple asked to stay in the experiment as a new couple by leaving their "spouses" from the initial phases of the experiment. The experts decided to allow Jessika Power and Dan Webb to forego their time matches and continue in the experiment as a new couple. This was received poorly by viewers who began to question the credibility of the relationship experts.
Some of the contestants of the show have also spoken out against the program claiming it to be fake, including Dean Wells from Season 5 .
In Spain, the show is broadcast as Casados a ciegas and runs every weekday from pm for three hours married day on TEN. In the United Kingdom, where it is called Married at First Sightthe series is broadcast on Channel 4 on a weekly basis for 4 weeks in total, the format is different from the US and Australia version of the show.
InE4 aired the fourth seriesfollowing this the fifth series was aired and first in earlythe sixth series was broadcast on the channel. By the series had become a hit with British audiences, earning a of celebrity fans that included Sam Smith Michael Balland Duncan James. In New Zealand, the show is broadcast on Three and screens four nights per week.
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