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Thursday 24 July 2014

Complete strangers wed in new US reality show ‘Married at First Sight’

A new American programme pairs and marries strangers who have never even seen one another. Does reality TV know no bounds?

Patricia Murphy

Published 09/07/2014|11:48

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A new reality series, which matches and weds complete strangers the moment they first meet, has premiered in the US.

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FYI’s ‘Married at First Sight’ enlists singles who are bored with the jarring dating scene and matches them with a respective bride or groom suited to their personality, values, beliefs and goals.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT - 2014 Season 1 - FYI.tv - Doug is a 31-year-old commercial sales rep and lifeguard, currently residing in Howell, NJ with his parents - Photo Credit: Courtesy of FYI
Doug is a 31-year-old commercial sales rep and lifeguard, currently residing in Howell, NJ with his parents

A group of professionals including a sexologist, psychologist, sociologist and a spiritual advisor matched and hitched three couples in the show’s premiere last night.

Jamie Otis (27), a midwife who married a man whose name she didn’t know said she was enticed after becoming bored of New York’s crop of men.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT - 2014 Season 1 - FYI.tv - Monet is a 33-year-old product development manager in the fashion industry from Cleveland, OH - Photo Credit: Courtesy of FYI
Monet is a 33-year-old product development manager in the fashion industry from Cleveland, OH

“In New York City, I feel like the guys are primarily just players until they’re hitting their late 30s,” she said.

“It’s tough to find guys who are serious.”

Although apprehensive, producers showed her a Danish version of the show which arranged two successful marriages, and she was hooked.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT - 2014 Season 1 - FYI.tv - Jason is a 27-year-old EMT and firefighter trainee from Brooklyn - Photo Credit: Courtesy of FYI
Jason is a 27-year-old EMT and firefighter trainee from Brooklyn

“The feeling I had when I watched these other couples — to feel like I could potentially meet someone ... it’s wildly crazy, but it could work,” she said.

The show follows the couples throughout their honeymoon and into the early weeks of arranged wedded bliss.

Newlywed Jason Carrion revealed that the show was a means to seek out his perfect mate.

MARRIED AT FIRST SIGHT - 2014 Season 1 - FYI.tv - Jamie is a 27-year-old labor and delivery nurse as well as a part-time host who resides in Harlem, NY - Photo Credit: Courtesy of FYI
Jamie is a 27-year-old labor and delivery nurse as well as a part-time host who resides in Harlem, NY

“I believe you can be extremely attracted to somebody at first sight, but once you get to know them, that’s where the real love comes,” he said.

“I’ve been with beautiful girls before, but they didn’t have something — I can’t even explain it. With [my wife], she has it.”

“You know the expression, ‘Go with your gut’? I can’t even explain it — it was just something I needed to do,” he said. “I never want to be on my deathbed and think, ‘What if?’”

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