But an insider has revealed that all is not as it seems for the pair.
Yahoo Lifestyle can reveal that despite seemingly going strong up until this week of the experiment, Layton and Melinda actually fought continuously – but most of this was cut from TV.
A show insider says: “Melinda and Layton were just as tumultuous as Bronte and Harrison throughout production, but producers decided to minimise this on the show. It would distract from the narrative of Melinda being the voice of reason in the group and Harrison being the 'villain' with the crumbling relationship.
"In reality, her and Layton would often be found screaming at each other. When the couple swap challenge was revealed, their fight actually lasted three hours and escalated to them screaming at each other across the building's hallway – but this didn't make the edit.”
Pictures obtained by Yahoo Lifestyle show Melinda embracing an emotional Layton after one blazing fight before a dinner party that also didn't make it to the TV.
Melinda is seen looking strained and miserable whilst consoling her emotional partner.
It comes after another insider revealed to us that while the experts would twist the couple swap challenge to have a positive spin, the producers were hoping it would cause drama in the final weeks.
“Producers thought a couple swap would be the perfect way to cause the biggest blow-ups before any couples that survive make it to final vows,” our source spills.
“[This] twist has never been done before, which the couples described as evil. Some participants even threatened to quit and everyone has been sworn to secrecy.”
Our insider also adds that the season was “hectic” from the beginning, as producers were worried about the show feeling “stagnant”.
“They’ve completely flipped everything this time around,” the source adds.
They added that Melinda and Layton almost considered quitting the show after the couple swap was revealed.
Fans weren’t impressed once they heard about the 'evil twist', with many saying the producers had gone too far.
“This, to me, seems way over the line of decency,” one fan wrote. “I think the producers need to take a long hard look at themselves.”
“Just another push by producers to stir up controversy and drama for the ratings. Man, how long can they go!!!” another pointed out.
“I will never watch it again. In no ‘real life situation’ would that happen,” a third chimed in.
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