Amongst a raft of 2019 programming announcements made by Mediaworks today, including the first cast signings for Dancing With The Stars NZ, TV3 have confirmed that Married at First Sight NZ will be returning for a third season. And they're already looking for participants.
Producers are recruiting for "12 new Kiwis" to "take part in the ultimate social experiment to find love."
The application ad reads like this:
Are you tired of swiping left in bars and want to find your perfect match?
Do you know of someone who deserves a partner to fulfill their dreams?
Are you ready to put your heart on the line and settle down?
Three are searching for men and women of ALL ages and backgrounds who are genuinely ready to commit to love. This ground breaking social experiment wants to help New Zealand singles find their potential lifelong partner using the science of matchmaking.
There's just one catch ... you'll meet for the first time on your wedding day!
This is not a competition and there is no cash prize.
This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to find LOVE.
It's not quite ALL ages though - the terms and conditions state that you must be over 25 to apply.
With the second season of MAFS only recently having wrapped up, producers will be hoping to capitalise on its popularity. Despite it looking like Dan and Yuki would be the only successful pairing on the show, Sam and Tayler surprised everyone by getting back together only a day after calling it quits. And they've been going from strength to strength, recently telling Woman's Day they plan to move in together.
That's a much better result than the first season, where Brett and Angel Renall were the only couple to survive. They've recently celebrated their one year anniversary together, and along with buying a puppy, have also bought a house together in Brett's home town of Lincoln. There's even talk of starting a family.
The Australian version of Married at First Sight will also be returning to TV3 next year. This time, 20 new participants will be agreeing to marry a complete
stranger as matched by a panel of experts.
And for the first time in New Zealand, Talking Married will be screening. The weekly show will bring fans exclusive interviews, gossip and extra content in a recap designed for those who just can't get enough. And let's be honest - based on the drama last year's series delivered, we definitely couldn't get enough.
If you think you'd like to be on MAFS NZ you can apply here.