When Does the New Season of ‘Married at First Sight’ Premiere?

Many people worry that they’ll never find “the one” to settle down with. But no matter how much they want a relationship, few people would be willing to outsource the task of finding a partner to a group of complete strangers. Yet that’s exactly what happens on Married at First Sight.

On the reality show, a group of relationship experts help singles find their perfect husband or wife. The only catch? You don’t get to meet your spouse-to-be before you head to the altar. It’s a crazy concept, but one that definitely makes for good TV. Which is why Lifetime is bringing back Married at First Sight for a ninth season this June.

Married at First Sight premieres June 12

Married at First Sight returns Wednesday, June 12 at 8/7c on Lifetime with the matchmaking special. That episode will be followed by the 2-hour Season 9 premiere at 9/8c.

As in the past, this season’s eight singles — who are all from the Charlotte, North Carolina, area — were matched by show’s three relationship pros: psychotherapist Viviana Coles, sociologist Dr. Pepper Schwartz, and marriage counselor Pastor Calvin Robertson.

Viewers will follow along as they go from wedding to honeymoon to learning how to live together as a married couple. Eventually, they’ll reach decision day, when they must choose to either stay together or divorce. While many marriages end up flaming out, at least four couples from the first six seasons are still together. Season 8 had a 50% success rate — so far.

Meet the Season 9 couples

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Lifetime has revealed the four brave couples who’ve decided to get married sight unseen this season. They are:

Gregory Okotie and Deonna McNeill: Thirty-two-year-old Gregory is the son of a single mom and grew up in a close-knit family. A past engagement didn’t work out, but he’s ready to find love. McNeill is 30 years old and has a great career and owns her own home. Now, after being single for a decade, she’s looking for a husband to complete the picture.

Matthew Gwynne and Amber Bowles: Gwynne is a 32-year-old basketball player who spends part of the year competing overseas, which has been a challenge in past relationships. Bowles has an identical twin, and is a tomboy who’s also a hopeless romantic, according to E! News.

Jamie Thompson and Elizabeth Bice: Thompson is 35 years old and fed up with modern-day dating. He’s ready to try a different approach to finding love. He’s matched with Bice, a 29-year-old free spirit who has spent the past couple of years working on herself, but is now ready for a relationship. She describes herself as “that ‘fun’ kind of crazy,” according to People.  

Keith Manley and Iris Caldwell: Twenty-seven-year-old Manley doesn’t believe in divorce, so we hope his match with 27-year-old Iris is a winner. He wants to start a family right away, while Iris is a virgin who has been saving herself for marriage.

The Married at First Sight matchmaking special airs Wednesday, June 12 at 8/7c on Lifetime, followed by the Season 9 premiere at 9/8c.

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