It’s the reality TV show which promises to match real life singles who are looking for love.
But this year’s season of Married At First Sight has been more like a soap opera, with the reality TV show offering shock twists and turns worthy of the Bold and The Beautiful.
From glaring continuity errors, allegations of relationships being faked for publicity and hiring contestants from agencies, Daily Mail Australia takes a look at all the signs that Married At First Sight could be fake.
Married At First Sight experts don’t have final say on contestants
On Married At First Sight’s opening episodes, love experts John Aiken, Mel Schilling, and Dr Trisha Stratford are seen matching singles from a long list of suitors, based on science and compatibility.
But in reality, the show’s producers and network bosses have the final say on who is matched together on Married At First Sight.
The show’s executive producer Tara McWilliams told The New Daily last month that she will ‘audition them all personally’ before they go on the show.
Meanwhile Nine’s head of content Adrian Swift told the Herald Sun that network bosses had a say on which contestants were in the ‘final mix’.
Priority was placed on making ‘interesting television’ rather than ‘the best matches we can find’.
‘We go on the casting tour and we meet people (prospective contestants). The psychs (Aiken, Stratford, Schilling) don’t come on the casting tour with us,’ he explained.
‘I’m not going to be disingenuous and say we pick them purely on whether they’re going to be a great match.’
While some of Married At First SIght’s golden couples are stronger than ever on screen, behind-the-scenes the relationships appear far from perfect.
Last month Daily Mail Australia revealed a leaked email between Telv and a MAFS producer declaring his relationship with wife Sarah Roza over.
‘Had a chat to Sarah… I have blocked her number and refuse to have anymore talks,’ the father-of-two writes.
‘I wanted to try and get along strictly for publicity… I no longer want anything to do with [her].’
Telv has since denied sending the email.
A report in New Idea also claimed fan favourites John Robertson and Melissa Walsh had split in real life.
According an the insider, the couple were told to ‘carry on playing happy ever after’ in order to ‘protect’ the Married At First Sight brand.
However Melissa strongly denied that the couple had split, telling Daily Mail Australia New Idea’s story was ‘totally false’.
Also appearing to discredit the show’s premise is the inconsistent application of rules about whether contestants can stay or go.
At each week’s commitment ceremony, brides and grooms are seen writing on cards whether they want to ‘leave’ or ‘stay’.
If one person wants to leave but the other writes stay, both are forced to stay on the show for another week.
However, couples Blair Rachael and Sean Thomsen, Mat Lockett and Alycia Galbraith both decided to leave mid-week after failing to connect.
Blair and Sean were allegedly forced to fake a fight and leave after producers deemed them ‘too boring’ for TV, New Idea.
This contrasts with the show’s claims that Ryan Gallagher was ‘forced’ to stay for another week after learning of ‘wife’ Davina Rankin’s cheating, as well as Gabrielle Bartlett making Nasser Sultan to stay in order to teach him a lesson.
While most reality TV shows could be accused of editing fails, this year’s season of Married At First Sight’s has been littered with continuity errors.
Last week, racy text messages between Carly Bowyer and Justin Fischer were time stamped more than an hour apart, suggesting they we not sent at the same time.
One conversation between Patrick Miller and wife Charlene Perera saw him change from a burgundy polo to a light blue T-shirt within a matter of seconds.
During a tense commitment ceremony between Ryan and Davina, back to back scenes showed the two sitting in markedly different positions on a couch, suggesting the segment showed different moments in time edited together.
Dean and Telv also switched positions on a couch in a matter of seconds during a heart-to-heart at one dinner party.
Another dinner party saw guests switch seamlessly between eating dessert and back to their main course, indicating viewers were being shown scenes out of sequence.
During this year’s season of Married At First Sight, social media has run rampant with speculation that some of the contestants could be paid actors.
Channel Nine has denied on multiple occasions that Davina and Dean were paid to have their affair.
Meanwhile Troy’s bizarre antics – which includes vigorous tooth brushing and not knowing how to cook an egg – has also led to speculation he could be an actor.
On Tuesday, a viewer selfie with Troy’s wife Ashley Irvin suggested the flight attendant had admitted to her ‘husband’ being an actor.
‘(Ashley) said Troy didn’t apply for the show but was selected via an agency,’ alleged the fan.
‘Ashley said they weren’t going to get rid of a main “character” early, so she had to play the game.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment