The dating pool in its current situation is a pretty murky one – filled with dating apps, drunk guys hitting on girls in bars, and Cardi B shouting about WAPing everyone (or whatever she’s on about). With that being said, the concept of an expert hand-selecting your perfect match – which might have been considered a definite ‘no’ 10 years ago – is suddenly looking quite appealing.
Enter Channel 4’s wild dating show, Married At First Sight, which is currently on the hunt for applicants that are willing to put their future happiness in the hands of their matchmaking experts.
The concept is based on a Dutch series, which sees six singletons marry complete strangers in an extreme social experiment. These ‘specialists’ include a spiritualist, a relationship coach and a sociologist, using “scientific matchmaking methods to determine each couple, who will not have met or had contact with each other until the wedding day”.
Once you’ve been expertly put together and married off, the camera will follow you on your honeymoon, before you decide after 5 weeks of intense time together whether you’re going to stay together. It’s a kind of ‘try before you buy’ scheme, but instead of a nifty little Fiat 500 to try, it’s Steve, 35, from Hull. You get to see his mileage, learn about his past service history and try and find the faults before you give him back to the garage.
A spokesperson said: “We’re looking for brave singles for a new series of Married at First Sight. In this unique relationship series about married life, a panel of matchmaking experts will be there to help you find the one.”
To apply to the show you must be over 18 years old, live in the UK, feel ready for marriage, and want experts to match you up with ‘the one’. Unfortunately there’s no £50K involved or a toothpaste deal like fellow dating show Love Island – but hey, a Spouse will have to do. Applications are currently open, and you can apply here.