Married At First Sight debuts same-sex wedding in ground-breaking second episode

Married At First Sight debuted its first ever same-sex wedding in a ground breaking second episode on Tuesday evening. 

The reality show finally showcased its first gay couple in Matt, 39, and Daniel, 27, after six years of she show being on air. 

The show sees singletons walk down the aisle with a total stranger – a risk which has historically ended in tears, infidelity, and chaotic screaming matches.  

Meet Matt and Dan: Married At First Sight debuted its first ever same-sex wedding in a ground breaking second episode

Meet Matt and Dan: Married At First Sight debuted its first ever same-sex wedding in a ground breaking second episode

Meet Matt and Dan: Married At First Sight debuted its first ever same-sex wedding in a ground breaking second episode

This year’s series was tipped to look a little different to previous ones, and had adopted the very successful Aussie format, which become a hit in the UK during lockdown.

Rather than legal marriages, the couples will make a lifelong commitment to one another at a glamorous ceremony, overseen by a wedding celebrant, that includes guests, bridal gowns, dancing, speeches and cake. 

Fans were left delighted on viewing the episode, with one fan saying of the newlyweds: ‘I’m emotionally connected to Matt and Daniel on Married at first sight uk already’ [sic]

Another wrote: ‘Ngl, am totally in love with Matt & Dan on #MAFSUK. I really really hope they make it [heart eye emoji] Such a cute couple.’  

Grounbreaking: The reality show finally showcased its first gay couple on Tuesday in Matt, 39 and Daniel, 27, after six years of she show being on air

Grounbreaking: The reality show finally showcased its first gay couple on Tuesday in Matt, 39 and Daniel, 27, after six years of she show being on air

Grounbreaking: The reality show finally showcased its first gay couple on Tuesday in Matt, 39 and Daniel, 27, after six years of she show being on air

Matt is a charity worker from West Yorkshire, and he was put with the grooms before the wedding night, and said to them all: ‘When I started to tell people, and kind of realised who I was, I kind of became the person that I am now. Like really strong and confident.’

Over with the girls, Dan, who works in sales and is from Northern Ireland, said of his experience: ‘It’s amazing to be one half of the first gay couple [on the show].

‘Gay marriage has only been legalised very recently in Northern Ireland which is absolutely shocking. And now that I can share my relationship with the world, I find that so important.’ 

Even though this marks a momentous occasion for the UK show, the 2020 series of Australia’s strand of the show will have their first lesbian couple.  

Reaction: Fans were left delighted on viewing the episode, with one viewer saying of the newlyweds: 'I'm emotionally connected to Matt and Daniel on Married at first sight uk already' [sic]

Reaction: Fans were left delighted on viewing the episode, with one viewer saying of the newlyweds: 'I'm emotionally connected to Matt and Daniel on Married at first sight uk already' [sic]

Reaction: Fans were left delighted on viewing the episode, with one viewer saying of the newlyweds: ‘I’m emotionally connected to Matt and Daniel on Married at first sight uk already’ [sic]

Elsewhere on social media, fans of the show were pleased to see that the new series had adopted the Aussie format, with one writing: ‘Love how Married at First Sight UK have changed their formatting to the Australian version. I am ready for the messiness’ 

Another penned: ‘#MAFSUK FINALLY taking notes from the #MAFSAustralia format!’ 

While others were less than pleased at the new sensationalisation of the reality TV format. 

Good news: Elsewhere on social media, fans of the show were pleased to see that the new series had adopted the Aussie format

Good news: Elsewhere on social media, fans of the show were pleased to see that the new series had adopted the Aussie format

Good news: Elsewhere on social media, fans of the show were pleased to see that the new series had adopted the Aussie format

One viewer wrote: ‘Omg they have turned Married at First Sight UK into a superficial reality show. Its not normal people looking for genuine love anymore’ 

And another wrote: ‘I dunno about this series of #MAFSUK… I’m gonna give it a go, but it does feel like the participants are all actors selected from agencies.’ 

They continued: ‘It seems to lack even more realness than you standard “reality tv”. I dunno if I can commit to it’ [sic]

Outrage: While others were less than pleased at the new sensationalisation of the reality TV format

Outrage: While others were less than pleased at the new sensationalisation of the reality TV format

Outrage: While others were less than pleased at the new sensationalisation of the reality TV format

The new episode comes after contestant Amy Christophers has told viewers to expect dramatic scenes from upcoming episodes of the UK version of the series.

 Speaking to The Sun on Tuesday, 34-year-old Amy said of her experience on the programme: ‘Married At First Sight makes Love Island look like Downton Abbey.’  

Amy continued: ‘Expect explosive dinner parties, drunken commitment ceremonies with lots of tears and swapping spouses.

'MAFS makes Love Island look like Downton Abbey': The new episode comes after contestant Amy Christophers has told viewers to expect dramatic scenes from upcoming episodes of the UK version of the series

'MAFS makes Love Island look like Downton Abbey': The new episode comes after contestant Amy Christophers has told viewers to expect dramatic scenes from upcoming episodes of the UK version of the series

‘MAFS makes Love Island look like Downton Abbey’: The new episode comes after contestant Amy Christophers has told viewers to expect dramatic scenes from upcoming episodes of the UK version of the series

Uh oh: 'Expect explosive dinner parties, drunken commitment ceremonies with lots of tears and swapping spouse,' Amy warned of upcoming episodes

Uh oh: 'Expect explosive dinner parties, drunken commitment ceremonies with lots of tears and swapping spouse,' Amy warned of upcoming episodes

Uh oh: ‘Expect explosive dinner parties, drunken commitment ceremonies with lots of tears and swapping spouse,’ Amy warned of upcoming episodes 

‘Sometimes I thought I was on that other programme Wife Swap,’ she added.

The series’ first episode, which aired on Monday, saw the women and men meet for the first time during their raucous stag and hen dos.

While the grooms-to-be discussed trying to find their dream match, the brides revealed they were looking forward to getting intimate with their partners, with Veterinary Nurse Morag, 31, revealing: ‘I need to learn to keep my legs shut.’   

One to watch: Channel 4 has announced the full line-up of contestants however it's still unknown who'll be coupled up with who

One to watch: Channel 4 has announced the full line-up of contestants however it's still unknown who'll be coupled up with who

One to watch: Channel 4 has announced the full line-up of contestants however it’s still unknown who’ll be coupled up with who

Producers have tasked MAFS Australia’s dating expert Mel Schilling and Celebs Go Dating’s Paul C Brunson with the role of matching up the couples.

Mel revealed that she thought the UK version of the show might prove tamer than the scandalous Aussie series but admitted she had been completely proven wrong by the contestants.

Mel told the brides on Monday’s episode: ‘You’re essentially going to go through a fast tracked relationship. Meeting, connecting, marrying, honeymooning, moving in together and all the stags of the relationship will be condensed. This is going to change your life.’

Shocking: Married at First Sight Australia expert Mel Schilling revealed she thought the UK version of the show might prove tamer than the scandalous Aussie series but admitted she had been completely proven wrong

Shocking: Married at First Sight Australia expert Mel Schilling revealed she thought the UK version of the show might prove tamer than the scandalous Aussie series but admitted she had been completely proven wrong

Shocking: Married at First Sight Australia expert Mel Schilling revealed she thought the UK version of the show might prove tamer than the scandalous Aussie series but admitted she had been completely proven wrong

Married At First Sight UK: Meet the contestants

 THE BOYS 

 Adam 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Adam

Married At First Sight UK contestant Adam

Married At First Sight UK contestant Adam 

Age: 26

Location: Doncaster 

Occupation: Electrician 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight?  

‘I’m forcing myself into the situation where I have to be with someone – I’m only going to take positives from it. Hopefully, I’ll find the right one.’

Ant 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Ant

Married At First Sight UK contestant Ant

Married At First Sight UK contestant Ant 

Age: 28 

Location: Manchester

Occupation: Business Development

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight?  

 ‘The best that could happen is that the experts find me a match and it works out perfectly. The worst case is it doesn’t work out and I make some new friends.’

Daniel 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Daniel

Married At First Sight UK contestant Daniel

Married At First Sight UK contestant Daniel 

Age: 27

Location: Northern Ireland 

Occupation: Sales 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘It is something that will allow me to shift my pattern in terms of relationships and it is a blessing to have the professional and scientific advice that will help me.’

Robert  

Married At First Sight UK contestant Robert

Married At First Sight UK contestant Robert

Married At First Sight UK contestant Robert 

Age: 26

Location: Dorset 

Occupation: Business Protection Specialist 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I want to have fun all the time, so I want someone who wants to go out and do things. Someone who is on my wavelength with how I look at life.’

Franky  

Married At First Sight UK contestant Franky

Married At First Sight UK contestant Franky

Married At First Sight UK contestant Franky 

Age: 47

Location: Dubai  

Occupation: Strength and Conditioning Coach 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘All my life has been about challenges. I don’t like to do the normal. If anything is normal then I find it boring. I’m not captured unless I’m entertained and challenged.’

Matt  

Married At First Sight UK contestant Matt

Married At First Sight UK contestant Matt

Married At First Sight UK contestant Matt 

Age: 39 

Location: West Yorkshire

Occupation: Charity Worker 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘The reason I’ve come onto the show is because I’m really wanting to meet that special person that I can start building a life with and have a family. I’m really excited.’ 

Jordan 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Jordan

Married At First Sight UK contestant Jordan

Married At First Sight UK contestant Jordan 

Age: 27 

Location: Cardiff

Occupation: Personal Trainer 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight?  

‘My happily ever after would be to learn stuff about myself that I didn’t know before. I want to become stronger as a person and to obviously walk away with a partner and with some new friends.’

Luke 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Luke

Married At First Sight UK contestant Luke

Married At First Sight UK contestant Luke 

Age: 36 

Location: Cardiff

Occupation: Care Home Manager and Fireman 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I already have more in common with this person than I would do meeting them on dating apps or in the pub. Because they’ve done the same thing, they must be in a similar circumstance to me.’

Joshua  

Married At First Sight UK contestant Joshua

Married At First Sight UK contestant Joshua

Married At First Sight UK contestant Joshua 

Age: 26

Location: West London 

Occupation: Insurance 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I think marriage has always been on my cards, but I could never see myself getting on one knee, so this is a fast track! Sometimes I need to be kicked into the deep end so for me this is the start of a new chapter.’

 THE GIRLS 

 Megan  

Married At First Sight UK contestant Megan

Married At First Sight UK contestant Megan

Married At First Sight UK contestant Megan 

Age: 26 

Location: Stoke

Occupation: Wellness Coach 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘My dating history is horrendous, I have terrible taste. Of course, it is a good option to get someone to do it for me. It just felt like an opportunity I couldn’t miss.’

Amy 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Amy

Married At First Sight UK contestant Amy

Married At First Sight UK contestant Amy 

Age: 34 

Location: Cornwall

Occupation: Sports Journalist 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

 ‘With Married At First Sight UK, either I’m going to find the love of my life or I’m going to learn a really big lesson from it, which might lead me to the love of my life.’

Marilyse 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Marilyse

Married At First Sight UK contestant Marilyse

Married At First Sight UK contestant Marilyse

Age: 37 

Location: Yorkshire

Occupation: Personal Trainer 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I would love to go through to the experiment to the very end and still be with the guy. That is what I want to happen and what I expect to happen.’

Nikita

Married At First Sight UK contestant Nikita

Married At First Sight UK contestant Nikita

Married At First Sight UK contestant Nikita

Age: 26

Location: County Durham 

Occupation: Sales 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘Ideally, we all want our Prince Charming. I just think that if I meet someone who blows me away and we’re on the same wavelength and have proper banter it will be great.’

Morag 

Married At First Sight UK contestant Morag

Married At First Sight UK contestant Morag

Married At First Sight UK contestant Morag

Age: 31 

Location: Essex

Occupation: Vet

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I want the experts to help because I’ve got high expectations of myself and what I want from my partner. I want them to help me open up and let someone in.’

Alexis

Married At First Sight UK contestant Alexis

Married At First Sight UK contestant Alexis

Married At First Sight UK contestant Alexis

Age: 28 

Location: London 

Occupation: Model 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I’ve applied to this to find the good guy, to find someone genuine and someone who wants commitment. I give my all and I’m very supportive.’ 

Tayah

Married At First Sight UK contestant Tayah

Married At First Sight UK contestant Tayah

Married At First Sight UK contestant Tayah

Age: 25 

Location: Welwyn Garden City

Occupation: Estate Agent 

Why did you sign up to Married At First Sight? 

‘I’ve always wanted to get married and wanted kids. I’ve always wanted to be a young mum. My end goal is to have that family and have that family unit. So that would be an ideal situation to come from this.’

 

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