Married at First Sight is currently broadcast in the United States. This new program, with the evocative name, proposes to perfect strangers to pass the ring on the finger.
On the other side of the Atlantic, a new dating program has appeared on the screens since July 8 on the FYI channel. Married at first sight, with the evocative name, pushes the limits of reality wedding a bit further by proposing two unknowns to marry, and then take their first steps in married life in the spotlight.
The concept? Three men and three women who do not know each other marry at their first meeting. Candidates selected by experts like sexologist, psychologist, sociologist and a spiritual advisor must decide, after having passed the ring on the finger, whether they want to pursue the adventure together. Or not.
The program, which landed on American screens in early July, pushes the dating issue to the extreme. Getting married before falling in love? The logic that can be disconcerting. Married at First Sight is the adaptation of a Danish reality TV show that is already a hit in the US, UK, and Australia.
Falling in love after marriage
The concept of the program is simple. Two candidates get married without knowing each other! They will then have 6 weeks to go on a honeymoon, get to know and maybe fall in love! If the feeling goes well, they keep their rings but if one of the two (or both) does not cling, then the divorce can be pronounced! In short, it is the opposite of the classic unfolding of a love story.
Some think that the show upsets the customs of the tradition of marriage. But the concept is not new. It is in Denmark that the idea has germinated.
A new approach to love
Obviously, it is not the first program around the meeting or marriage. It is the show that surpasses the Bachelor and others like Who Wants To Marry My Son?
But the arrival of this new program of dating will upset everything since it starts with the wedding!
A ceremony that is supposed to traditionally seal the union of two people who love each other and know each other. In Married at First Sight, the families and relatives of the candidates (who do not know each other) even participate in the wedding ceremony!
Three men and three women agree to take up the challenge of marriage at first glance for the first season of the program, and they were not chosen at random. Couples were trained upstream by a panel of experts like a sexologist, a sociologist, a psychologist and a spiritual advisor who had scientifically studied their compatibility.
An extreme sociological experience
The future spouses cannot see each other until D-Day. They agree to be filmed during their honeymoon. They are free to determine if they want to pursue their adventure or put an end to their union. It is presented as an extreme sociological experience that promises multiple twists to viewers. We have the opportunity to unite people who match, complement, and are similar in many respects, says Dr. Pepper Schwartz, professor of sociology at the University of Washington. He is one of the experts who selected the participants on the show.
With this experience, we want to know whether the social sciences can play a role in the success of marriages, said sexologist Logan Levkoff. Imagine the possibilities if we could build lasting relationships through this technique.
This show, broadcast on the network FYI, is a godsend for Jamie Otis, a 27-year-old New York born candidate who never managed to find a soulmate. When Doug Hehner told him "Yes", he did not take long to confess in voice-over that he had taken the worst decision of his life. It is already controversial. Some see it as a mockery of marriage.