Married At First Sight: Second Chances – Important Facts You Should Know

Increasingly, our television screens are flooded with varying contents and different reality shows. Some of these shows have gained worldwide recognition such as Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Big Brother, Married At First Sight: Second Chances and so on. Reality TV is often centered around an attention-grabbing-theme and most importantly, it is about real people, doing real things in the real space with no element of fiction included. This is arguably the most interesting feature of reality TV.

Reality TV has become so popular, that it has now become an integral part of America’s pop culture. It is also rapidly gaining popularity around the globe. Married At First Sight is one of such shows that gained popularity over the years, hence its 10 seasons and 7 spin-offs. The original show involves strangers who have met or had contact with each other being paired by relationship and communication experts. These individuals, who haven’t met each other prior to the show, agree to get married as the show begins. After the wedding, they are prepped for their honeymoon. When they return, they live together as husband and wife for six to eight weeks after which they decide whether to continue in the marriage or get a divorce. The analysis shows that the show has had a 24% success based on its first 8 seasons.

Here Are Important Facts You Should Know About Married At First Sight: Second Chances


The show, Married At First Sight: Second Chances is one of the many spin-offs of the unique matchmaking reality show – Married At First Sight. Each spin-off varies in the ways the couples are matched. Married At First Sight: Second Chances featured two characters from the previous seasons of the parent show – one man and one woman. The show also involves finding suitable matches for each of the former participants from a group of 100 men and women. The groups are first narrowed down to 25 by speed dating and then to 10. From then on, one of the remaining 10 participants would be eliminated in each episode until the perfect match is found. This spin-off commenced on April 27, 2017, and was concluded on July 6, the same year.

Who Are The Cast Members?

The third season of Married At First Sight (MAFS) featured three couples, Ashley Doherty and David Norton, Samantha Role and Neil Bowlus, and Vanessa Nelson and Tres Russell. At the end of the season, none of the couples found love and so could not stay married. And while Vanessa was paired with Tres Russell in MAFS season 3, she appeared with David Norton (Ashley Doherty’s ex-husband from MAFS3) in the Married At First Sight spin-off, Second Chances.

Vanessa and David narrowed down 100 men and women to one lucky partner each. While Vanessa successfully picked one suitor from the 100 who were interested in her, David didn’t propose to any of the 100 women that showed interest in him and left the show a bachelor. Andre Forbes was the lucky guy who swept Vanessa off her feet and after few months of dating, the couple announced they were engaged.

David, on the other hand, faced backlash from the audience of the show for not proposing to anyone. He gave his reason as not being in love with any of the ladies. He is also hopeful that true happiness will still find him.

One of the highlights of this show was David’s “no kissing” rule during dating until his prospectives got to 10 while Vanessa Nelson resolved to have no restrictions. She had fun while she was searching for her Mr. Right and kept a more open approach.

Where Was This Spin-off Shot?

The television show, Married At First Sight has been set in various locations around America since its inception. Season 1 and 2 where both set in New York and New Jersey respectively. Season 3 was set in Atlanta, Georgia and the list goes on. Married at First Sight: Second Chances was shot in Atlanta, Georgia. This was because, the main cast, Vanessa Nelson and David Norton both lived in Atlanta. Also, the suitors and prospectives either lived in Atlanta or came from surrounding cities.

Show Ratings

A couple of professional reviewers found Married At First Sight an interesting take on modern relationships. FYI created a reality show that was relatively new to the American audience, hence gaining attention. However, despite this attention, the show has not gained so much ground as to be analyzed and rated by major reviewing sites such as Rotten Tomatoes and Metacritic. This also is the case for the show’s spin-offs.

As for audience approval, Married At First Sight: Second Chances had average ratings. On IMDb, it had a 5.4/10 rating.


Duration of the Show

The original Married At First Sight series has run for multiple seasons with each episode having a run time of 42 minutes, however, this is not the case with the spin-off, Married At First Sight: Second Chances. Each episode in this spin-off runs for more than an hour.

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