MAFS Australia secrets – from 16-hour commitment ceremonies to booze limit
Married at First Sight Australia has been entertaining Brits through the latest lockdown with plenty of drama.
In the reality show, a group of singletons put their love lives into the hands of three experts who pair them up with their “perfect” match.
The first time they see their match is on their wedding day – and although some found a connection straight away, it wasn’t all plain sailing for others.
The sixth season was first shown in Australia in 2019, meaning it was two years before it was shown in the UK.
As the dramatic season draws to a close, The Mirror spoke to one of the season’s most controversial characters Jessika Power.
Jessika has shared some of the show’s sections – so let’s take a look at what really happens behind the scenes.
16-hour commitment ceremonies
When viewers tune in to watch the drama unfold at the commitment ceremonies, they only see about five minutes of each couple.
But in reality, the conversations go on for much longer. Jessika said her and Mick’s chats were always the longest, and could last up to 45 minutes.
Each commitment ceremony episode takes place the morning after the dinner party, and would take up to 16 hours to film.
Producers suggest what to say
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According to Jess, she never knew what to say at the commitment ceremonies. At this point the producers would give her advice.
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MAFS fans will remember Jess kept saying “stay” even though her partner Mick wanted to “leave”, and had to find a reason to keep him there so she could get to know Dan.
She said: “They wouldn't tell me what to say but they would give me ideas.
“I couldn't think of reasons to keep Mick there."
Experts get told what to say
During the experiment, the experts always know exactly the right thing to say.
They give the best and harshest advice, and always know what questions to ask to get the contestants thinking.
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But Jess claims the experts would get guidance from producers through earpieces.
Because of this there were often awkward pauses when experts would wait for guidance.
Booze limits – but not for Jess
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The episodes where you could almost guarantee there would be drama were the dinner parties.
During the dinner party the couples can be seen helping themselves to wine and beer.
But according to Jess, she was the only one without a booze limit – and the only person who was allowed to drink spirits.
She claimed: “They noticed it got me a bit sassy,” and added: “I would never get cut off.
“It sounds bad against the network but they were actually really supportive.”
Explosive rows didn’t make the show
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As with any show, episodes are only so long, which means there are certain things that need to be cut.
Jess claimed there was a lot more interaction between the couples at the commitment ceremonies than we saw on TV.
The 26-year-old said she got a lot of criticism from the women on the show, and that the experts on one occasion called them out for the lack of "sisterhood".
She said: "It was so nice just to breathe out and think someone else was saying something.
"I'm quite good I can hold my own but when you've got four or five people just screaming at you.
"I was the youngest person on the show."
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