Would you marry someone you’ve never seen before? Now, that is a question most of us have never even had to consider but starting tonight, we get to watch six South Africans (three couples) marry someone whom they will meet for the first time at the altar.
Talk about brave!
But the arrangements won’t be made on complete blind faith. According to The Citizen, a team of specialists will join forces to help “scientifically” match the couples in the hope that they will find true love.
Forming this team of specialists will be relationship expert, Paula Quinsee, counsellor and psychologist, Neo Tshireletso Pule, sex health specialist, Professor Shingai Mutambirwa, financial expert, Winnie Kunene and radio and television presenter Sam Cowen who will play the role of ‘life expert.’
In a recent interview with Channel 24, Cowen explained what that entails.
“I've been a bit of a 'couple's whisperer'. There are times that people needed to chat, not to a therapist, and not as a couple, but just to someone who could say 'I hear you' and ‘I've been there.' I think it made a difference for people to be able to unfold with the cameras off.”
Considering the fact that they will be paired with strangers, the couples do have an 'opt-out clause' of sorts.
They will have six weeks (guided by the experts) to decide whether they’re going to stay together.
Hmm, will that be enough?
‘Married at First Sight South Africa’ premieres tonight, on Lifetime (DSTV Channel 131) at 20h50.
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