Following the announcement by A+E Networks of the commissioning of a local version of Married at First Sight for Lifetime Africa, independent content creation company Oxyg3n Media has now closed the call for entries and named the specialist contributors and host for the series.
Says Oxyg3n Media’s Rebecca Fuller-Campbell: “We had an overwhelming response to our call for entries with close to 300 singletons all wanting to take part in the series.”
Adds Fuller-Campbell: “We are now in the process of selecting the men and women and preparing them for the day they will meet each other for the first time at the altar.”
In order to match the couples as scientifically as possible – in the hope they will find true love – the producers have selected a number of specialist experts who will work with, and closely monitor, the individuals before, during and after the filming process. These include:Neo Tshireletso Pule – a counselling psychologist
Dr Shingai Mutambirwa – a well known sex health specialist
Anna Trapido – anthropological advisor.
Paula Quinsee –relationship expert.
Gary Kayle – financial coach
In addition to these five specialists, the producers have also named Sam Cowen as the series’ facilitator. Cowen – whose18 years on morning radio makes her the longest serving female breakfast show host in SA – also presented Great Expectations, a show about 21st century parenting and is the author of three bestselling books.
Of her new role Cowen says: “I am very excited to be a part of Married at First Sight SA and I am looking forward to watching our couples find true love both during and after filming ends. I am, and will always be, a hopeless romantic.”
Married at First Sight South Africa will premiere on Lifetime (DStv 131) in the first quarter of 2017.