MAFS' Samantha reveals truth behind dinner parties: 'Eat or be eaten'

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Season nine of Married At First Sight has already provided plenty of controversial moments for viewers to enjoy, with participants making shock confessions and engaging in fiery dinner party arguments.

However, it seems as though things are only just starting to heat up on the reality TV show, with one bride teasing that this year’s group dynamic will get even more explosive as the experiment continues.

MAFS' Samantha Moitzi.
MAFS bride Samantha Moitzi describes the show’s dinner parties as ‘intense’. Photo: Channel Nine

Samantha Moitzi, who is ‘married’ to Al Perkins, admits to Yahoo Lifestyle that the dinner parties this season are often even more dramatic than they appear on-screen.

“The reality of this experiment is that they pretty much got the alpha female and male from every group in different states and cities and put them all in the same dinner party,” she laughs.

“So we have everyone with the world's biggest opinion coming in and hanging out when they would usually never hang out, and yeah, heads butt. It gets intense and it's like, eat or be eaten. That’s the reality of it.”

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The 26-year-old went on to explain that the brides and grooms had to “adapt” to each dinner party because they never knew what to expect upon arrival.

“So you come in and I think you get a bit optimistic and you think everyone's going to be best friends for life and unfortunately, the environment does not allow for that,” she says.

“But you know what, it keeps it interesting and you have to laugh. I’ve learnt that if you don’t laugh you cry.”

MAFS' Samantha Moitzi at the dinner party.
Samantha believes the show’s environment doesn’t allow for everyone to be ‘best friends for life’. Photo: Channel Nine

Speaking about watching the show back on TV, Samantha describes it as a completely different experience from what it was like during filming.

“Whenever I watch it I tell everyone to be quiet, and they’re like, ‘You were there!’, but you’re not part of every conversation,” she details.

“You get so wrapped up seeing the people you’re most comfortable around that are giving you advice, because the dinner parties were places where you were looking for advice from your friends.

“We weren't allowed to talk to anyone outside of the dinner party, so it's hard to be involved in other people's s**t when you're just trying to sort out your own. Now watching it I’m like, ‘Ooh context!’. It’s very interesting seeing how people are reading the same situation.”

MAFS' Samantha Moitzi and Al Perkins at their wedding.
MAFS’ couple Samantha Moitzi and Al Perkins had a rocky start to the experiment. Photo: Channel Nine

‘We fully had a moment’

Samantha’s comments come after she previously opened up to Yahoo Lifestyle about her on-screen ‘edit’ and admitted that she’s surprised so many positive aspects of her and Al’s relationship haven’t aired on TV.

“I don't have a problem with the way things are being portrayed in the sense that, you know, you say what you say, but I’m a little bit disappointed that certain bits have been conveniently left out,” she said.

“Like, there was a promo video of us kissing in the river on our honeymoon, and then the only thing they showed from the honeymoon is when we didn't kiss. I was like, ‘Oh, we fully had a moment’.”

Married At First Sight continues tonight at 7:30pm on Channel 9 and 9Now.

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