Married At First Sight UK returned to our screens this week to fill the Love Island-shaped void in our lives and, honestly, we’re already completely hooked. The show has been given a huge shake-up following the success of the Australian series which aired on E4 earlier this year and it’s more dramatic than ever.
Viewers were introduced to the brides and grooms on Monday when the series began and among the new faces, we couldn’t help but feel like we recognised some of the singletons and it turns out we right as some of the cast have had previous TV appearances exposed.
The latest of which is Joshua Christie, who married Amy Christophers during last night’s episode, as he starred on Shipwrecked back in 2019.
The Battle of the Islands saw the Tigers compete against the Sharks to win a £50,000 prize and Josh entered as a Tiger in episode two but was forced to leave before the show as his grandad unfortunately fell ill.
At the time, he told his fellow contestants, “Listen guys, I don’t want anyone to get upset but I’ve got something to say. I’ve been in touch with family back home, I’ve been notified that I have a family emergency so this has caused me to leave with immediate effect from this competition.
“I’ve met some really good people and I don’t want you guys to get upset. It’s just something that I have to do so, yeah, I’m sure you guys all understand.”
Josh later said, “I’m actually so happy for the time I’ve been given. I think I’ve met a real good bunch of people.”
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Sam Ball and Elizabeth Sobinoff
Sam and Elizabeth might not have lasted, as Sam seemed far more interested in Ines. But Lizzie was the true winner - she was so popular with viewers she appeared on the next series of the show, finding love with Seb Guilhaus. But, sadly, they split earlier this month after a year together.
Cyrell Jimenez and Nic Jovanovic
'Cyclone Cyrell' and Nic's tumultuous relationship was, sadly, not to last. But prepare for another reality TV crossover, as Cyrell now has a baby with Love Island runner-up Eden Dally.
Lauren Huntriss and Matthew Bennett
One of the biggest storylines this season was about Matthew and his virginity, as he was repeatedly labelled as 'virgin'/'ex-virgin' Matt by the narrator. Anyway, Matthew was matched with Lauren - who, yes, he lost his virginity to - but it all went horribly wrong when Lauren heard Matthew telling the other guys at dinner that he wasn't sexually attracted to Lauren. AWKWARD. Lauren is still a make-up artist, we don't know if she's dating anyone. But on the other hand, self-confessed fitness enthusiast Matthew is loved up with a new girlfriend - who he met at a wrestling tryout.
Mike Gunner and Heidi Latcham
Mike and Heidi's relationship was one which could have gone either way, but after the show, the pair split - announcing the sad news at the post-finale reunion special. 'Right after the final vows, Heidi and I went back to the Gold Coast together but it didn't take long and the wheels started coming off,' Mike explained. Heidi has said she hasn't spoken to her former husband since. From the looks of their Instagram pages, they still look single.
Cam Merchant and Jules Robinson
Oh, Cameron and Jules. From the minute Jules and Cam had their first wedding dance without any music, we had an inkling they were in it for the long haul. And we were right! The pair now have a baby together, who was born in October last year, and tied the knot properly after the show. So, yes - sometimes this wild experiment does work.
Melissa Lucarelli and Dino Hira
Probably the worst matched couple on the series, it isn't shock the pair called it quits on the show after Dino allegedly recorded a conversation Melissa was having with her sister about the wedding day. It appears both are still single.
Martha Kalifatidis and Michael Brunelli
Martha and Michael were an extremely drama free pair (in comparison to everyone else) so it's no shock that they have actually managed to stay together. Yay!
Ning Surasiang and Mark Scrivens
Eek. Another very up and down pair, Ning and Mark's relationship dissolved during the final commitment ceremony - with Mark dumping Ning, much to her shock. Following the show, Mark moved on with another former reality star, Bianca Chatfield – who appeared on home renovation show The Block. And Ning also has a new partner.
Susie Bradley and Billy Vincent
Susie and Billy were one of the couples who married later in the experiment. From the get go, Susie kept on calling Billy awkward - even calling him a deeb at one point on their honeymoon. They split before the final commitment ceremony. Susie is now dating former rugby pro Todd Carney and they have a baby on the way. However, Billy appears to be single.
Ines Basic and Bronson Norrish
We knew this relationship wasn't going to last from the moment Ines asked Bronson to take out his eyebrow ring. Ines went on to have an affair with Sam, which Sam has since claimed was faked by producers, and it all came out during an explosive commitment ceremony. Bronson is now a lot happier with girlfriend Hayley Wallis. And from her Instagram, Ines looks to be single at the moment.
Jessika Power and Mick Gould
Major cracks started to show in Mick and Jessika's relationship, then Jessika went after one of the newly weds, Dan. Not a shock that Jessica and Mick didn't survive then…(Neither did her affair with Dan, btw.)
Dan Webb and Tamara Joy
After these two fell apart thanks to Jessika and Dan's affair, Tamara was linked to Jessika's ex, Mick. The drama never stops.
The 26 year old has also previously taken part in The Ibiza Weekender and he’s not the only MAFS star to have appeared on TV before as Morag Chrichton, who married Luke Dawson earlier this week, previously attempted to find love on Take Me Out.
Speaking about her experience on the show, she told the Plymouth Herald, “I didn’t get a date, and I’m not disappointed.
“There was nothing wrong with the men but I wouldn’t have gone out with them in real life. I had to be true to myself.”
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Meanwhile, Josh found himself in an awkward encounter with wife Amy when they met for the first time at the aisle after she got cold feet and kept him waiting for an hour.
After they came face to face, Josh said, “She’s brunette, pretty face, curvy. But I think the idea of getting married and then actually getting married are two different things.
“Oh my god. What the f--k am I doing?”
And things went from bad to worse as the pair posed for their wedding photos when he rejected the chance to kiss his new wife.
“We’ll save that for later,” Josh said, to which an unimpressed Amy replied, “Will we?”
He later admitted, “I don’t know if there’s a spark between us, it’s too early to tell.”