It’s official! Married At First Sight is coming back for season eight 2021.
The social experiment is one of Australia’s favourite reality shows, which sees strangers matched and fake-married to each other in an extravagant ceremony, before they’re put through their relationship paces each week by a team of experts. The couples have to decide if they want to stay or leave at the end of each week, culminating in a commitment ceremony — and the potential for a lifelong relationship.
Read on for all the details of MAFS 2021 we know so far.
What can we expect from MAFS season 8?
Expect all the romance and drama of past seasons including weddings, honeymoons, dinner parties and commitment ceremonies. But also expect to see the “most genuine” season yet, with couples “looking for love, not fame”. Does that mean there’ll be a little less scandal this year?
Who are the MAFS experts for 2021?
Experts John Aiken and Mel Schilling return for season eight. In September, Channel Nine announced that Dr. Trisha Stratford — who has been with the show since its debut in 2015 — will not be back next year. In her place, Alessandra Rampolla, a certified clinical sexologist with over 20 years’ experience, joins the team of experts.
Who are the couples taking part in MAFS in 2021?
At their annual Upfronts, Channel Nine said that ten couples will look for love on season eight of Married at First Sight.
Daily Mail revealed in September that Canberra radio host Bryce Ruthven had taken three months of leave and moved to Sydney to be one of the grooms. He reportedly ended his engagement to his ex Lana earlier this year, and has been described by a production insider as “the next Seb Guilhaus”.
Daily Mail shared the news in October that former AFL player Jake Edwards had also been spotted filming the series. He apparently recently split from his fiancée Paige and remained in contact with her just weeks before starting filming on MAFS. In the same month, Daily Mail reported that Melbourne luxury car salesman James Susler will appear on the series.
Brisbane theatre actor Johnny Balbuziente is also set to join the cast partway through the season, Daily Mail reported in November. He was previously married to another theatre actor, Andrea Arena.
In October, The Wash shared photos of the vocalist for Perth metalcore band Make Them Suffer, Booka Nile, on the set of MAFS. She can be spotted in a Channel Nine promo for TV coming up in 2021. In the same month, Daily Mail revealed that Connie “Coco” Stedman, a police officer turned pilates instructor from Sydney, had also been seen filming the show. She has reportedly been married before.
When and where is Married at First Sight filmed for 2021?
Married at First Sight is currently being filmed in Sydney. The warehouse where dinner parties filmed is located in Lilyfield in Sydney’s Inner West, while the couples stay in an apartment complex in the CBD. It’s not yet known if it was possible for weddings and honeymoons to take place interstate or were all shot in NSW. The application form for season eight stated that participants needed to be free for filming between August and December.
How has MAFS 2021 been impacted by COVID-19?
In October, The Daily Telegraph reported that Married at First Sight would likely adopt a production “bubble”, including regular COVID testing and temperature checks of cast and crew. With increased COVID-safety measures, couples would still be able to be “intimate” with one another.
How successful is MAFS at forming lasting relationships?
Out of seven seasons of Married at First Sight, and 58 potential couples, only four remain together — Erin and Bryce from season two, Jules and Cam from season six, Martha and Michael from season six, and Liz and Seb from season seven.
When will MAFS premiere in 2021?
Married at First Sight is likely to premiere at the end of January or the very start of February, based off previous seasons. If it follows the established schedule, it will likely air Monday to Thursday at 7:30 p.m. on Channel Nine.