The Biography network changed its name to FYI and changed its programming in an effort to attract a new audience. One of the shows that this network has created is Married at First Sight. I am sure this show is going to get a lot of attention, but is it really ethical to ask people to get married for our entertainment?
The premise of this show is that a group of four experts evaluate individuals and then attempt to find them their perfect matches. Once these matches are found, the couples get married without meeting each other or knowing anything about one another prior to the wedding. The couples then live together for four weeks. At the end of the four-week period, they must decide if they want to stay married or if they want to get a divorce.
One of the women on the show is Jamie Otis, a former Bachelor contestant. On The Bachelor, Ben eliminated Jamie after an extremely awkward kiss that made viewers cringe. Then she appeared on a Bachelor spinoff called Bachelor Pad where she fell for womanizer Chris Bukowski. Seeing Jamie on Married at First Sight made me wonder if she is just really desperate to get married or if she just really enjoys being on television.
(Jamie talking to Ben on The Bachelor)
In the premiere episode of Married at First Sight, we see Jamie walk down the aisle and finally meet Doug, her match. Doug seems pleased with his bride; he finds her to be very attractive. Jamie, on the other hand, does not seem pleased. In fact, she can’t stop crying. She says that while personality is more important to her than looks, because she does not know her groom, it would have helped her out tremendously if she found him to be attractive.
Two other couples are matched up as well in the first episode, but viewers will not see them meet one another until the second episode. It will be interesting to see their reactions to one another.