Heartbreak For Melbourne Socialites Like Married At First Sight BANS New Season Victorians After Second Wave Of COVID-19 Cases In The State
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Melbourne influencers have been using Married At First Sight since 2015 as a fast track to fame and free breakfast at Legacy Camberwell.
But unfortunately, due to the pandemic of the corona virus, those days are over.
Daily Mail Australia may reveal that Married At First Sight producers have decided not to cast Victorians this season after the state recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases.
End of the Road: Melburnians have been banned from Married At First Sight’s new season after a second wave of COVID-19 cases in the state. Pictured: season six couple Bronson Norrish and Ines Basic
“They have replaced all Melbourne participants with second option participants from Adelaide and Queensland,” said a production insider.
Due to the stage four lockdown in Melbourne, it was ‘just not possible’ to include anyone from there as the countdown to filming begins.
The source added that producers are currently playing it ‘by ear’ and that they hope the pandemic won’t affect the weddings, which are taking place next month.
Plus, there will be ‘no overseas honeymoons’ this year for obvious reasons.
Sorry! “They have replaced all Melbourne participants with second option participants from Adelaide and Queensland,” a production insider told Daily Mail Australia. Pictured: Season Seven Bride Hayley Vernon
While couples from Adelaide, Perth and Queensland will still be involved, after arriving in New South Wales, they will have to isolate themselves for 14 days, where all weddings are filmed to centralize production.
Victoria recorded a further 222 cases and 17 deaths on Tuesday, and there are concerns that Melbourne’s strict lockdown could be extended if coronavirus cases remain high.
On Friday, Daily Mail Australia exclusively announced that filming of the participants’ backstories will begin on Friday, August 26.
It’s happening! On Friday, Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed that filming of the participants’ backstories will begin on Friday, August 26. Pictured: Season six, Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant set
The weddings were originally scheduled for the end of August, but were postponed to mid-September due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The cast will be more ethnically diverse this year, with a gay couple joining the show for the first time.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Nine for comment.
Pre-production of MAFS season eight began in March.
At the time, executive producer Tara McWilliams shared a short video on Instagram of herself in her office at Endemol Shine’s Sydney headquarters.
She wore blue surgical gloves as a safety measure.
The (reality) show must go on! Pre-production of MAFS season eight began in March. Executive producer Tara McWilliams at the time shared a short video of herself in her office at Endemol Shine’s Sydney headquarters wearing blue surgical gloves.