Married At First Sight had to axe two couples after lockdown stopped them getting wed

Married At First Sight had to axe TWO couples after lockdown stopped them from getting wed.

The Channel 4 reality TV show, which uses a series of psychological tests and professional matchmakers to pair prospective romantic partners together, returns tonight for its fifth series.

New expert on the show Paul Carrick Brunson – who is well known by Celeb's Go Dating fans – revealed in a exclusive interview with The Sun how strict lockdown rules during filming meant four people couldn't do the show.

Revealing how two chosen couples had to pull out he said: "No one knew what was going to happen.

"We had these couples who were literally married the week before lockdown.

"Then there were two couples who couldn’t make the show because we locked down two days prior to their marriage.

"It was the most trying time. The reason why the show was able to continue was because we kept talking to them.

"Two to three times a week I’d get a message from them and we’d speak for half an hour.

He added: "We all need therapy in our lives."

It comes after it was revealed how one of the couple's featured on tonight's show actually had to go into lockdown just hours after they were married.

Teacher Michelle and IT sales manager Owen had only just recently met but were forced to move in together at his mum's house, they revealed.

Like many couples around the country, the national pandemic meant the two had to commit 100% to the relationship and face spending 24-7 with one another.

But after being picked from over 7,000 applicants, Owen and Michelle walked down the aisle and almost immediately had to isolate at Owen's mother's house, who was away.

Michelle, 25, from Hastings, told The Mirror: "It did kind of feel like I was going into the unknown.

"But with that kind of comes a lot of excitement as well.

"It’s why we both signed up for this experience in the first place!"

Luckily for the pair there was clearly some attraction towards one another as they laid eyes on each other during their lavish wedding ceremony at Eastwell Manor in Ashford, Kent.

Owen, 31, from Sheffield, laughed: "I did a little fist bump to myself. Michelle looked gorgeous and I was like, ‘Come on, she’s hot!’.

He added: "That physical attraction was definitely there straight away and then I just felt relief that she hadn’t done a runner and had actually turned up!"

Although Michelle admits it was "terrifying" as she waited behindthe door to walk down the aisle.

She explained: "It was just knowing that as soon as that door opened it was going to be an absolute life-changing moment. I was shaking all over and hyperventilating. Owen must’ve thought I was a lunatic!"

“But the moment I saw Owen I instantly felt calmer because he had such a kind aura around him," Michelle added.

"I found him attractive and the feelings of being terrified just instantly fell away."

  • Married at First Sight starts TONIGHT on Channel 4 at 9.30pm.

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