It's official, Married At First Sight's 2021 season has officially begun filming which means the first lineup of brides and grooms trying their luck at true love have been cast - and of course, it didn't take long for some to be leaked ahead of its premiere next year.
The Daily Mail first reported the first name of the alleged first groom to walk down the aisle, and he's a familiar face for some. The publication states that radio presenter Bryce Ruthven has relocated from Canberra to Sydney to film MAFS over the next three months, after splitting from his longterm partner earlier this year.
While his Instagram profile used to be on public, it has since been switched over to private - a well-known prerequiquisite when filming the Channel Nine social experiment. According to reports, Ruthven has also been interacting with former MAFS contestants on Instagram.
When reached out for comment by the publication, Ruthven reportedly "didn't confirm nor deny" his involvement. Although considering applications for the upcoming season are still open, many have expressed doubts about his appearance.
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Earlier this year, the series caused a stir after many fans claimed it has swayed from its original meaning - for couples to find love - and Nine has promised that the 2021 season will be "genuine" and about "love not fame."
Only one couple lasted from the 2020 series, with Lizzie Sobinoff and Seb Guilhaus still together.
News of the first groom also comes as Dr Trisha Stratford, who has been on the show since its debut in 2015, announced she will not return next year.
"After seven seasons of Married At First Sight I have decided to step back from the television series to focus on my writing, research and neuropsychotherapy," Dr Stratford said in a statement.
Alessandra Rampolla, a certified clinical sexologist with over 20 years' experience, will take her place, offering advice and guidance to the couples.