“Married at First Sight” premiered its third season Dec. 1, with three new couples embarking on the daring social experiment wherein they are matched by four experts and don’t meet one another until they are saying, “I do” at the end of a wedding aisle.
The three couples are Vanessa Nelson & Tres Russell, Samantha Role & Neil Bowlus and Ashley Doherty & David Norton. So, what are their odds after seeing the weddings and receptions?
Best odds: Vanessa & Tres
These two seemed to hit it off instantly, with both a physical and an emotional spark — they seemed more than ready to leave the reception for their honeymoon suite. Plus, their families got along really well, which Vanessa tells Zap2it was a huge plus.
“[Tres and I] had an instant connection or spark. It was even better because our families hit it off as well,” says Vanessa. “It felt like everyone really got along. There was definitely an instant attraction. I think we both felt comfortable with each other. It did feel great to have his family be excited and congratulating us and giving us well-wishes. I loved his family from the very beginning.”
Medium odds: Ashley & David
It may seem like a strange choice to place this couple in the middle of the pack, because Ashley definitely had reservations about David at the wedding. However, he pulled off a big-time move when the guests started clinking their glasses to make Ashley and David kiss; he could tell his new bride felt really uncomfortable, so he saved the day by kissing her hand and dispelling the tension.
Keep in mind, one of the most successful couples on the series is Jamie Otis and Doug Hehner, and Jamie had the same reservations about not being attracted to her husband as Ashley has about David. Plus, David was prepared for something like this to happen.
“I prepared myself for the possibility [that my bride wouldn’t like me right away], ” says David. “It’s day one of a six-week experiment and the experiment has proven in the past that just because you don’t hit it off on day one, that doesn’t mean it won’t be successful. I was still optimistic, I still trusted the experts. I was still optimistic about where our relationship was headed.”
Long odds: Samantha & Neil
These two may have had a smoother first day than Ashley and David did, but Samantha clearly feels some regret at the reception. Plus, she can’t stop cracking jokes. Her defenses are way up, keeping Neil — and everyone else — at arm’s length with her humor. If she doesn’t become more comfortable with the situation, she’ll never let her guard down and Neil will never get to know the real her (and vice versa). They also just seem like very different people.
Their odds could certainly change; it is only day one out of 40+ days they will be married, but something tells us these two aren’t in it for the long haul.
“Married at First Sight” airs Tuesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on FYI.