Married At First Sight

EXCLUSIVE: The amount Married at First Sight contestants really get paid will blow your mind

Thinking of applying? Maybe make sure you have some savings to fall back on!

By Anita Lyons
With the ninth season of Married At First Sight less than three weeks away, we have A LOT of questions!
Like, is the marriage legal? And how successful has this experiment been in the past?
However, since the stars give up three months of their lives in Australia's largest couples experiment, there's one question we're always asking - how much do the Married at First Sight contestants really get paid?
We've gone straight to a very well-versed source in the matter, Nasser Sultan, who is arguably one of season five's most polarising contestants, to find out exactly how much these stars get paid for giving up their lives and appearing on the popular Channel Nine show!
"You get $150 for the day, that's it," Nasser told Now to Love. "But on top of that, you have to pay expenses - your living expenses with the woman that you marry."
"It's not $150 clear. You still have to pay rent if you're renting, you've gotta pay your rego and it's 12 hour filming days."
Nasser revealed MAFS contestants get paid $150 per day, which he said barely covered the cost of living. (Image: Nine Network)
According to Nasser, the Married at First Sight contracts states that contestants "get a per diem" or a daily allowance, so they're not being "paid for work" but receiving money to cover expenses.
"That's what you live on," he said.
While this is information has already been widely publicised since the show's inception, some other tidbits that Nasser told us were pretty surprising!
Nasser claimed "villian" Davina Rankin was making $50 a day more than the other season five contestants. (Image: Nine Network)
"None of our groceries were covered," he said. "They filmed us going shopping and we had to shop at the same grocery store - which was really expensive, but it was out of our own money."
"Gab and I would sometimes spend up to $70 a day on just living, so we didn't have much left after that."
While Nasser felt that $150 a day wasn't sufficient to cover his living needs, he also expressed the fact that some of the other couples (especially the brides), were receiving more than he was.
"Sarah [Roza] and a few others, like Davina, got more money," he revealed. "They got $50 more a day. Basically, the more you did for the show, the more you got."
Fingers crossed you have enough savings before going on the show! (Image: Nine Network)
But it wasn't only money that some of the brides were getting.
"The girls would message companies on Instagram and ask for free clothes to be sent to them, and so we'd be sitting there and these deliveries would show up."
"Basically, they were getting everything that they wanted. If they cried, they got counselling, and to stay on the show, they asked for more money. It worked out really well for them."
For those who have full-time jobs, they have to either take annual leave, unpaid holidays or even quit - but you know what they say, the cost of finding true love is priceless.
Of course, it can be a financial burden for contestants - but hopefully the fame and after-show perks (whiter teeth, hair extensions and invitations to events) make it all worth it.
Married At First Sight returns to Nine on Monday, January 31.
The cost of finding true love is priceless. (Images: Channel Nine)

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