Marriage can be terrifying at the best of times, let alone when you’re meeting your spouse for the first time at the altar.
The most anticipated reality show of the year has finally landed.
Married at First Sight sees eight strangers entering into (fake) arranged marriages after being matched by relationship experts. They honeymoon, live together and then, after a month, decide whether they have found their happily ever afters.
The series caused a fair bit of controversy before it even aired after an online petition calling for the “morally unsound” show to be axed collected more than 20,000 signatures.
And if that great publicity didn’t sufficiently pique your interest, the very dramatic build-up within the first two minutes will likely hook you in. The narrator’s rather melodramatic declaration that the couples will “face the most terrifying wedding imaginable” is followed by snippets from the singles: “That’s not my choice.” “I’m trying not to throw up.” “Do I have to get out (of the wedding car)?” We then cut to the couples at loggerheads, a screaming child being carried mid-tantrum and more delicious arguments. Well played, Channel Nine. Well played.
But before we give you the highlights, here are the main players:
Clare, 37, marketing manager: This self-described “fiery” lady is desperate to have children. She becomes teary when explaining the turmoil she faces at filling out forms that ask her marital status and how many children she has. Clare says she has “exhausted every avenue of the modern day dating game”, which makes it surprising she is still single given her only two requirements are that her husband is genuine and smells good.