Former MAFS stars Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant have hit out at the show for some of its challenges that the couples have to go through during Confessions Week and Intimacy Week.
The pair appeared on Jana Hocking's Kinda Sorta Dating podcast with the conversation turning to the task that this year's couples and last year's couples had to take part in - the photo ranking task where they rank every participant in order of their physical attractiveness.
The participants have to explain to their partners why they made each decision during the ranking process.
"They didn't have that on our series," Cam said. "You tell me, how does that help a relationship other than a million viewers out there going, 'Gosh this is good [television], this is a car crash waiting to happen'?"
"They found a formula and they ran with it," he added.
Jana agreed, saying the activity was "really toxic", with some couples putting their partners at the bottom.
Jules added that while the photo task wasn't helpful, there are some challenges that she thought actually helped build her connection with Cam during their time on the show.
Speaking specifically about the challenge where the couples had to look into each other's eyes for three minutes she said, "It connected us didn't it?"
"There was giggling and laughter and it really did connect us. It does work," Cam added.
The pair, who appeared on the show in 2019, legally married the same year and welcomed their son Oliver in 2020.
Jules' 20kg transformation
Jules recently lost 20kg with Jenny Craig, saying she now feels "healthier and fitter".
She has previously explained to her followers that she felt the weight creep up after giving birth to Oliver.
"It was my own kinda lock down... working non-stop from home and full time mum," she wrote last year. "It happens! Familiar story right! I love my curves, I’ve embraced every part of Postpartum and felt like I had the energy to focus on me about 8 months in, this has been such a easy process leading a busy life, I just follow a menu and check in with my consultant Caroline weekly who I adore and here I am!!"
She added, "If I can do this...through lockdown, so can you!"
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