A popular influencer – who counts multiple former MAFS participants among her followers – has been revealed as the first bride that will appear on Married at First Sight 2023.

Filming for the popular reality show has already begun, and Daily Mail Australia has reported that social media personality Melinda Willis has been spotted filming scenes for MAFS in Sydney.

Sources have told the publication that Melinda has been considering signing up to MAFS for years, so being officially cast is “a dream come true”.

Filming of season ten of MAFS reportedly began in June this year and is slated to premiere in early 2023.

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Prior to the commencement of filming in June, Melinda was extremely active on social media, and her grid is full of selfies and bikini photos in beautiful locations. However, the 32-year-old’s account had no posts between June 14th and August 7th, which is a strong indication that she was filming during these dates. Filming for MAFS generally takes around 10-12 weeks, which suggests that Melinda may have stayed with her partner until the final vows.

Melinda is followed by past cast members KC Osborne (season six), Jules Robinson (season six), Joshua Pihlak (season seven) and Jason Engler (season seven).

Adrian Swift, Nine’s Head of Content Production & Development, spoke with the Herald Sun earlier this year about the upcoming season and teased that the show’s Logie-nominated sexologist Alessandra Rampolla will have a much larger role in 2023.

“We will get Alessandra a bit more involved in the sexuality part of it,” he said. “What we have always found is a complete bellwether for how a relationship [on MAFS] is going is how sexually they are getting on.

“And that getting on might be sexual tension, which is good, it might be sexual resolution, which is good, or it might be, and this often happens, sexual resolution and then nothing.”

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