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What REALLY goes on behind the scenes at Married At First Sight's drama-filled reunion


While there’s no shortage of drama during Married At First Sight ‘s dinner parties, things aren’t always what they seem behind the scenes.

Daily Mail Australia can reveal that plenty of strategic planning by the show’s producers made sure Monday night’s finale made for excellent TV.

The participants were given a short break during the 13-hour shoot, leaving very little time for the brides and grooms to eat food and get their makeup touched up. 

EXCLUSIVE: While there's no shortage of drama during Married At First Sight 's dinner parties, things aren't always what they seem behind the scenes. Daily Mail Australia can reveal that plenty of strategic planning by the show's producers made sure Monday night's finale made for excellent TV

EXCLUSIVE: While there’s no shortage of drama during Married At First Sight ‘s dinner parties, things aren’t always what they seem behind the scenes. Daily Mail Australia can reveal that plenty of strategic planning by the show’s producers made sure Monday night’s finale made for excellent TV

Exclusive behind-the-scenes photos show the cast making the most of their short break before they returned to the couch.

Selin Mengu, Anthony Cincotta, Al Perkins, Kate Laidlaw, and Matt Ridley were seen racing to the snack area, where salads, fruit and nibbles were on hand.

Despite appearing to have no friends on-screen, controversial couple Daniel Holmes and Carolina Santos caught up with co-stars Olivia Frazer and Jackson Lonie.

Hungry work: The participants were given a short break throughout the 13 hour shoot leaving very little time for the brides and grooms to eat some food and get their makeup touched up

Hungry work: The participants were given a short break throughout the 13 hour shoot leaving very little time for the brides and grooms to eat some food and get their makeup touched up 

Fuel: Selin, 33, was busy devouring packets of chips while sitting alone on the couch before her 'husband' joined her

Fuel: Selin, 33, was busy devouring packets of chips while sitting alone on the couch before her 'husband' joined her

Fuel: Selin, 33, was busy devouring packets of chips while sitting alone on the couch before her ‘husband’ joined her

Hungry: Meanwhile, Al Perkins was seen snacking on a cup of fruit

Hungry: Meanwhile, Al Perkins was seen snacking on a cup of fruit

Support: Photos taken in the early hours of January 14 show Selina's co-stars rushing to her side after Cody announced their split in front of the experts. Pictured with Brent Vitiello

Support: Photos taken in the early hours of January 14 show Selina’s co-stars rushing to her side after Cody announced their split in front of the experts. Pictured with Brent Vitiello

Selin, 33, was busy devouring packets of chips while sitting alone on the couch before her TV ‘husband’ Anthony joined her.

After producers called a break, Brent Vitiello rushed over to give Selina Chhaur a hug after Cody Bromley blindsided the room by telling them all that they’ve split.

Brent and Selina were also seen chatting for a few moments before a crew member brought over a bottle of water. 

Emotional: At one stage Selin Mengu and Jack Millar were also seen trying to console Selina

Emotional: At one stage Selin Mengu and Jack Millar were also seen trying to console Selina

Bring it in: The trio shared a long hug before it was time to return to the couch

Bring it in: The trio shared a long hug before it was time to return to the couch

Tired? Brent (right) sat alongside nutritionist Kate yawning

Tired? Brent (right) sat alongside nutritionist Kate yawning

At one stage, Selin Mengu and Jack Millar were also snapped trying to console Selina. 

Brent were seen sitting alongside nutritionist Kate yawning, while Jack Millar was seen resting on a restless Ella Ding.

Meanwhile, experts Mel Schilling, Alessandra Rampolla and John Aiken were kept distracted being pampered by the show’s professional makeup artists.

Meanwhile Jack Millar (right) was seen resting on a restless Ella Ding (left)

Meanwhile Jack Millar (right) was seen resting on a restless Ella Ding (left)

Thirsty? At one stage Carolina Santos walked over to hand 'husband' Daniel Holmes a Red Bull

Thirsty? At one stage Carolina Santos walked over to hand ‘husband’ Daniel Holmes a Red Bull

They are popular! Despite appearing to have no friends on-screen, controversial couple Daniel Holmes and Carolina Santos were spotted catching up with co-stars

They are popular! Despite appearing to have no friends on-screen, controversial couple Daniel Holmes and Carolina Santos were spotted catching up with co-stars

Pampering: Meanwhile, experts Mel Schilling, Alessandra Rampolla and John Aiken were kept distracted being pampered by the show's professional makeup artists

Pampering: Meanwhile, experts Mel Schilling, Alessandra Rampolla and John Aiken were kept distracted being pampered by the show’s professional makeup artists

Elsewhere Olivia applied her own makeup after a dramatic unseen confrontation with Domenica and Selin left her in tears. 

Although the finale only last a couple of hours, the show’s emotionally charged reunion was shot over 13. 

The show’s participants arrived at 3pm with their makeup and hair fully styled, before shooting at 6pm until sunrise.

Is it over yet? Mel and John looked restless and unimpressed after the 13-hour shoot

Is it over yet? Mel and John looked restless and unimpressed after the 13-hour shoot

Touch up: Elsewhere Olivia was seen applying her own makeup after a dramatic unseen confrontation with Domenica and Selin left her in tears

Touch up: Elsewhere Olivia was seen applying her own makeup after a dramatic unseen confrontation with Domenica and Selin left her in tears

Separated: Most of the brides and grooms were kept in separate areas at The Grounds of Alexandria to save any talk, drama or resolutions for the cameras

Separated: Most of the brides and grooms were kept in separate areas at The Grounds of Alexandria to save any talk, drama or resolutions for the cameras

Long day: Although it only last a couple of hours, the show's emotionally charged reunion was shot over 13

Long day: Although it only last a couple of hours, the show’s emotionally charged reunion was shot over 13

Most of the brides and grooms were kept in separate areas at The Grounds of Alexandria to save any talk, drama or resolutions for the cameras.

The show’s producers sat in an off-set location and watched the events play out on monitors, similarly to the show’s ‘love experts’.

There was little reshoots during the reunion, with everything playing out onscreen as it originally happened.  

Thankful: Happy couple Olivia and Jackson thanked the experts after filming ended

Thankful: Happy couple Olivia and Jackson thanked the experts after filming ended

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