Married At First Sight UK contestants are reportedly set for a shock new twist in the upcoming series.
Two ‘intruder’ couples are set to join the mix part way through the series as previously seen on the Australian version, according to The Sun.
The shake-up is said to have sent shockwaves through the couples during filming, with a source told the publication: ‘Bosses loved how much drama it caused on the Australian show and decided this was the perfect time to bring this twist into the UK version.’
Shaking things up: Married At First Sight UK contestants are reportedly set for a shock new twist in the upcoming series ( show dating expert Mel Schilling pictured)
They continued: ‘All hell breaks loose when the new couples come into the show. It was a complete surprise for the other brides and grooms and to say they weren’t happy about the blindside is an understatement,’ adding that the twist is ‘seriously explosive’.
A spokesperson confirmed to The Sun: ‘This year, halfway through the process, two new “Intruder” couples will marry, go on honeymoon and be introduced to the experiment.
‘But will the current eight couples welcome them with open arms, or will the shock of their arrival leave the group reeling?’
Incoming: Two ‘intruder’ couples are set to join the mix part way through the series as previously seen on the Australian version (show dating expert Paul Carrick Brunson pictured)
Looking back: Contestant Morag Chricton kept viewers entertained on the last series of the UK version of the show
MailOnline has contacted E4 and CPL productions for comment.
Married At First Sight UK is expected to air this summer with dating experts Mel Schilling, Paul Carrick Brunson and Charlene Douglas.
It comes after Channel 4 confirmed the new series of Married At First Sight UK will host two LGBTQ+ pairings.
Big moves: Married At First Sight UK is reportedly set to feature its first lesbian couple in the upcoming series [pictured; the 2021 female cast]
The E4 show will see it’s first all-female couple as well one male – with both being described as ‘firecrackers’.
This follows the success of gay couple Matthew Jameson and Daniel McKee, who appeared on the show last year and are still happily married.
The show’s Relationship Expert, Mel Schilling said: ‘We take the matchmaking process extremely seriously and when it comes to finding and matching our couples, it’s so important to us that we find matches that are authentic and reflect the diversity of the society we live in.’
Love: The E4 show, which returns for a new series this summer, will see it’s first all-female pairing following the success of gay couple Matthew Jameson and Daniel McKee, who appeared last year and are still happily married
She continued: ‘That’s why I’m so thrilled that this year we’re welcoming not just one, but two same sex couples into the fold.
‘I’m really looking forward to you meeting them – they are firecrackers and sure to keep you entertained.’
Last year’s same-sex couple, Matt and Dan said: ‘It was such an amazing experience and to be representing the LGBTQ+ community on a dating show with this sort of impact.’
‘We went in not knowing what to expect from the process, other than we’d be marrying a stranger. The experts truly worked their magic. We fell in love thanks to the process, and are still together now, happier than ever before!’
Channel 4 Factual Entertainment Commissioning Editor, Lee McMurray, said that the show was ‘committed to and celebrated diversity’.
Married at First Sight UK returns to E4 and All 4 later this year.
Many TV shows in recent years have featured same-sex pairings including Strictly Come Dancing and Dancing On Ice.
Married At First Sight Australia made the move back in 2020 with their first lesbian couple, Amanda Micallef and Tash Herz.
An insider told The Daily Star: ‘The TV world has made big strides and the landscape has changed a lot. It’s becoming the norm to have a same-sex couple on a big show. Any concerns that viewers weren’t ready for it were wrong.’
Lovely: Married At First Sight Australia made the move back in 2020 with their first lesbian couple, Amanda Micallef and Tash Herz (pictured)