Married At First Sight expert John Aiken explains the REAL reason behind the couple swap


Relationship expert John Aiken explains the REAL reason behind the controversial partner swap challenge on Married At First Sight – and why certain brides and grooms were paired

The relationship experts shook things up on Married At First Sight this week when they introduced the controversial couple swap on Monday night. 

With some participants refusing to participate in the challenge and fans labelling it as just another ratings grab, expert John Aiken has attempted to clear the air.

The relationship specialist, 52, said the challenge aims to provide ‘intense’ critique of each couple from their peers. 

Denying any claims the three-day long swap was a play by producers to get more viewers, he said the intention was to pair the couples with other brides and grooms who would ‘pull them up’ on their faults. 

‘What we wanted to do this year, being Season 10, is really try and up the ante with the couples. They’ve watched the series, so they tend to know what’s coming,’ he told  9Entertainment.

The relationship experts shook things up on Married At First Sight this week when they introduced the controversial couple swap on Monday night. Pictured are enemies Harrison Boon and Melinda Willis

‘It’s essentially a very intense form of getting a critique from people outside of your relationship. We re-pair the couples, so that they can get up, close and personal with someone who is going to give them feedback about their marriage.’

Some of the pairings didn’t seem to make sense to fans, such as splitting up couple Layton Mills and Melinda Willis to pair with enemies Harrison Boon and Bronte Schofield.   

However, Aiken insisted it wasn’t about sticking them with people they don’t get along with.

With some participants refusing to participate in the challenge and fans labelling it as just another ratings grab, expert John Aiken has attempted to clear the air

With some participants refusing to participate in the challenge and fans labelling it as just another ratings grab, expert John Aiken has attempted to clear the air 

‘When you’re thinking about who you’re going to re-pair these people with, you’re thinking about whose going to… not so much get along, but who is going to be honest with each other,’ he said. 

While he agreed to participate in the week’s activities, Layton, 35, insisted he would not sleep in the same bed as Bronte, 28, or live in the same apartment as her.

But it seemed his wife Melinda, 33, didn’t hold the same views as she agreed to have Harrison live in the apartment she and Layton had been calling home. 

The biotech CEO found her acceptance of the challenge unusual given Melinda’s brutal opinions about Harrison’s ‘manipulative’ ways.  

The relationship specialist, 52, said the challenge aims to provide 'intense' critique of each couple from their peers. Pictured is Duncan James breaking down in tears during the couple swap challenge

The relationship specialist, 52, said the challenge aims to provide ‘intense’ critique of each couple from their peers. Pictured is Duncan James breaking down in tears during the couple swap challenge

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