It’s T-minus 10 days until Australia’s ultimate drama-filled reality show, Married At First Sight, returns to air – not sure about you, but we cannot wait for it.
Of course, this season has a lot to live up to after the drama of last year and the hype the participants attracted from the exposure. But once the dust settles at the end of a season, where does that leave the show’s former contestants?
Many stars from the class of 2018 spent the following months on the pursuit of further fame, or tried to use their nation-wide status to catapult themselves into a more lucrative career.
We had Ryan Gallagher with his comedy shows, Davina Rankin with her social media presence, and Nasser – who was just generally clutching at his 15 minutes – to name a few.
However, MAFS dating and relationship expert Mel Schilling, claims those looking to extend their time in the spotlight need to “gain some perspective”.
“Yes, there is some publicity that flows during and after the show,” Mel tells Yahoo Lifestyle, “but if they look historically at what happens each season, our participants are in the media for 12 months post the show, but once the new crop of participants come along, things change.”
“Historically, we haven’t seen it having led to any kind of enduring fame and fortune,” she continues, adding there needs to be a bit of a “reality check” from former participants on the show.
“Yes, you will gain some notoriety, but it will have a time limit on it – that’s the reality,” Mel says.
“I guess my overarching advice would be to check yourself – what is your motivation and what is your ultimate goal here?”
Regardless of motivations, there’s no denying last year’s MAFS was a hum-dinger of a season, but it seems this year is going to be even more insane.
Mel insists viewers will continually be surprised this year, admitting there’s a big drama that takes place every week.
“Absolutely the drama keeps coming, but so does the love – we’ve got this really nice balance happening,” she explains.
Well if you excuse us while we go and get our popcorn prepped, we can tell we’re going to need a lot of it.
Married At First Sight premieres on Channel Nine on January 28 at 7.30pm.
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