Do you love bad reality TV? Well, you have to check out Married at First Sight. Never saw it? That’s fine, I’ll explain it to you. After a screening process, six strangers are paired up by relationship “experts” and agree to marry the person that they are paired with without meeting them or seeing them. Then they get married, stay in a hotel and leave for their honeymoon the next day. Talk about jumping into things. Then they live together for six weeks and have the chance to decide if they want to get a divorce or if they want to stay married. There, you are all caught up. Do you think that the show is crazy? Well, here are some even more crazy facts about Married at First Sight.
The people who agree to go on the show get paid very little. According to Coelan, they don’t want people to do it for the money. Although, even if they are getting paid very little, they could still just be in it for the fame.
They are also obligated to sign a prenup that is built into their contract when they sign onto the show. It’s pretty standard and states that the assets that you have going into the marriage will stay yours if you go through the divorce.
When they are casting, they advertise the show as a regular reality dating show. Later on in the casting process, once they’ve narrowed it down to a smaller group of contestants, they reveal that they will have to marry the person that they are matched with. Many contestants will back out of the process at this point and those who stay in are the ones you eventually see on TV.
While they are open to the idea of a same-sex marriage, they haven’t figured out how to make it work. “It’s a casting thing,” Coelen said. “We’d love to but it’s very difficult...Because we have to put all the women and all the men in the same room in workshops [during the casting process], there is a chance they could see each other [before meeting at the altar]. If we could figure out logistically how do it, we’d love to do it."
According to the participants, the show is pretty real. There are some things that may be taken out of context in editing, but for the most part, what you see is what happened and there isn’t much that is staged.