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'Married at First Sight' reality show: Couples meet and marry at altar

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The New York Daily News on Saturday gave its review of a new and strange reality show. The newspaper's review about marrying a stranger at first sight is one of the strangest things that has ever happened on a reality show. In "Married at First Sight" that premieres on July 8, viewers will see couples who actually meet for the first time at the altar and get married in a legal ceremony. They have six weeks to test the marriage, and if they decide that don't want to be married any longer, they are allowed to divorce.

In this controversial reality show, six singles who have had difficulty finding love the conventional way, take a bold and risky step to marry someone they have never met before. When they meet face to face for the first time, they leave the altar husband and wife. The entire dating period is omitted. Each episode will follow the newlyweds on their honeymoons and other milestones in their marriages. After spending only six weeks together, they must decide the future of the marriage.

A sexologist, spiritualist, psychologist, anthropologist, sociologist and members of the church have worked together to put three perfect couples together based on what they call "scientific matchmaking." This scientific matchmaking results in just an introduction and a legal marriage. All six participants in this first episode seem like rational young adults in their 20s.

The reality show follows these newly married couples to see how it’s working out. Judging from the trailers, it’s not all peaches and cream. Make sure you watch the video above and see for yourself.

“Married at First Sight” acknowledges that this is not totally unlike the arranged marriages common for centuries in many cultures. Even so, would you marry someone you've never met just because a professional said he or she would be a perfect match based on their theory of scientific matchmaking? Would you want to have a choice in the one you marry? Another reality show, "It Takes a Church" doesn't go as far as "Married at First Sight." In "It Takes a Church" the singles do get a change to get to know one another. The single person has the final choice to date, but not necessary to marry the one who has been chosen.

"Married at First Sight" premieres Tuesday, July 8 from 9-10:30 p.m. on FYI-tv (Verizon Channel 129). For those who watch "The Have and Have Nots" don't worry because "Married at First Sight" comes back on at 10:30 p..m. and is a marathon for the rest of the night.


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