MAFS insider reveals casting secret that will 'guarantee' you get on the show

EXCLUSIVE: Here's what hopeful brides and grooms should do to get cast on season 12.

MAFS' Eden Harper and Jayden Eynaud,
Casting is currently underway for MAFS 2025. Photo: Channel Nine

With casting for the upcoming twelfth season of Married At First Sight currently underway, a source has revealed what potential participants should do to ensure they make it on the show. A production insider tells Yahoo Lifestyle that it’s essential any hopeful brides and grooms have a dynamic backstory as producers are looking for “quirky details”.

“A middle-aged man just isn’t enough. Make sure producers know you have been married three times and you have a weakness for women or men with bucked teeth,” our source shares as an example.

“Find three character touch points and stay within that narrative. Something that makes you memorable to Channel Nine viewers.”


The insider went on to say that viewers need to get to know the participants quickly, so if you can be understood by simply having a catchphrase that sums up your personality “then you’re basically on the show”.

“Flip your boring job so it stands out. There are a hundred tradies who apply but find something that makes that interesting and unique. Like, be a ‘tradie who wears pink shorts’. It’s not hard to twist something simple like that,” they add.

MAFS experts John Aiken, Mel Schilling and Alessandra Rampolla.
Season 12 is expected to premiere in January 2025. Photo: Channel Nine

Our source points out that it’s not just about what you say during the casting interview, but also how you say it.

“Make sure you are talking in melody and in short sharp sentences. They are looking for people who talk in sound bites naturally as it helps with the edit,” they detail.

“If you’re telling a story that has three parts just pick the headline and finish with a punchline. That doesn’t mean they are looking for comedians, but you need to be telling stories with a strong beginning, middle and an end.”


As for what happens when you get on the show, participants are encouraged to “embrace your perceived edit”.

“If you think you’re being portrayed as the villain, make sure you are a PG villain and not something that will get you fired for or make you unemployable,” the insider remarks. “Play the long game - not all participants will be able to quit their careers and live off social media endorsements.

“Also, willing participants should be prepared to follow orders and if they are willing to do secret missions to make the experiment more spicy, that’s gold. You might be quieter by nature but make sure you prove that you are invaluable to producers to make their jobs easier. Not everyone needs to be an alpha on screen.”

The twelfth season of MAFS is tipped to premiere in January 2025, with experts John Aiken, Mel Schilling and Alessandra Rampolla expected to return.

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