The newest season of Married at First Sight is reportedly mere weeks away from commencing filming, but it’s now been revealed people from Victoria won’t be allowed to participate.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the spike in the number of cases in Victoria, and stage four lockdown in Melbourne, producers say it “just wasn't possible” to cast any Victorians for this season, Daily Mail reports.
“They've replaced all the Melbourne participants with second-option contestants from Adelaide and Queensland,” an insider told the publication.
At this stage the plan is for the weddings to take place next month, with filming of the participants backstories to commence on August 26.
There will also be 'no overseas honeymoons' as international borders remain tight and departures limited.
Melbourne has nearly four weeks to go of its six-week Stage 4 restrictions which began on August 2, with a further 222 cases and 17 more deaths announced on Tuesday.
Couples from Adelaide, Perth and Queensland will still be involved but will need to self-isolate for 14 days after arriving in NSW where the weddings are filmed, the insider added.
The news doesn’t bode well for Melbourne-based influencers and socialites keen to use the spotlight of the controversial reality show to increase their public image.
Sydney-based Martha Kalifatidis famously made boyfriend Michael Brunelli leave Melbourne after they were ‘married’ in 2018 and both are still active on social media.
Other popular - or ‘headline grabbing’ - Melbourne participants from the past season alone include Hayley Vernon and David Cannon, Amanda Micallef, and Connie Craydon.
Then there were Sarah Roza and Carly Bowyer - both who have been sharing their journeys to motherhood online since their time on the show. In June, Carly announced she and boyfriend Neil Goldsmith are expecting their first baby together.
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