It takes a brave
(or naive, or stupid) person to sign up for a reality TV show in the hope of fixing their troubled relationship.
Reality TV ‘experiments’ are notorious for failing (MAFS, anyone?), yet somehow people still sign up. And with Channel Seven’s The Super Switch, it’s not individuals signing up for a reality TV stint (complete with social media harassment and a rise in Instagram followers), but couples on the verge of breaking up.
The basic premise is this: six couples at a crossroads in their relationship say goodbye to their partner to live in an experimental relationship with a total stranger.
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This year, the ‘social experiment’ will be taken a step further, with the six experimental couples living in two share houses together.
When something goes wrong with one of the experimental couples – or their real partners – they all have to hash it out in group therapy sessions, before making a decision at the end of the season as to whether they’re going to stay with their partner or go their separate ways.
We cannot possibly imagine how this could go wrong.
Now, maybe we’re being overly cynical (we’re not). Maybe reality TV really can save a relationship.
Mamamia‘s daily news podcast The Quicky asked those with experience: Jackie Martin and Michelle Guest from season one of Seven Year Switch and Sharday McAvoy from Nine’s The Last Resort.
Michelle, who appeared on Seven Year Switch with her then-partner Jason, said her experience on the show was very different to what she was told to expect.
The idea of a show designed to save their relationship gave the pair hope for their future, Michelle said, but it didn’t work out. She and Jason split after Seven Year Switch aired, something she thinks would’ve eventually have happened regardless of the TV show.
“They told us that we would be having couples therapy together and we would have professionals who would be giving us counselling,” she said. “It didn’t really work out that way obviously because we weren’t together. We had a little bit of counselling with our switch partners but what you see on television is basically all we got. There was no behind-the-scenes, there was no private counselling.