Married At First Sight

Married At First Sight: A definitive guide to all the partner swapping

Who needs the experts after all?

By Bella Brennan

Falling in love is one of life's most beautiful gifts. As a country, our appetite for watching other people try and find The One is fed through a hearty serving of reality TV shows.

From The Bachelorette, The Bachelor, Love Island, Bachelor in Paradise and of course kicking off the year, Married At First Sight, there's literally a show about the Big L on every channel.

And it takes a very special kind of person to apply for reality TV, let alone one where you willingly sign up and marry a total stranger.

But since it's launch in Australia three years ago, Married At First Sight has evolved into a whole new beast.

Gone are the charming Farmer Wants A Wife-meets-Blind Date vibes and these days, it's all about partner swapping, cheating and drama with a capital D.

As the sun sets on the most explosive season of MAFS yet, we break down the complicated, incestuous web of partner swapping from every season of the show!

Jono Pitman and Nicole Heir

They might not have been on the same season but it didn't stop them from cross-pollinating back in 2016.

After his disastrous marriage to Clare Verrall season two star Jono Pitman, who is best known for his "that's not what I ordered" gaffe, was linked to season three beauty Nicole Heir after she posted a cosy pictured of the pair on Instagram.

Season three star Nicole Heir cuddles with with season two "villain" Jono.
Season three star Nicole Heir cuddles with with season two "villain" Jono.

"New friends and new adventures. #believeeverythingyouread," she cryptically penned at the time.

But alas, their romance wasn't meant to be and it wasn't long before Jono crossed paths with another blonde beauty from the show…

WATCH: Jono and "wife" Clare clash. Post continues after the video...

Jono Pitman and Michelle Marsh

If at first the experts don't succeed, keep trying with another bride! And that's exactly what Jono did last year with season four's Michelle Marsh.

Just weeks after she left her TV hubby Jesse Konstantinoff, Michelle said she and Jono formed a strong "bond" over their reality TV experiences.

"We are really enjoying hanging out together," she told OK! last March.

So what did Michelle's twin Shaz make of the coupling?

"I watched the show and I thought he was fine. I think it was just the aftermath [where] people got a negative vibe. He seems like a really grounded guy," Shaz explained.

It looks like their short-lived romance eventually faded out and both Jono and Michelle appear to still be single.

Jono and Michelle hit it off.
Jono and Michelle hit it off.

Jonathan Troughton and Scarlett Cooper

These two are responsible for bringing the partner swapping onto the small screen.

While their predecessors preferred to meet-up after the cameras had stopped rolling, season four stars Jonathan Troughton and Scarlett Cooper found themselves in the middle of the very first MAFS texting scandal and thus paved the way for the Deans and Davinas of the show.

WATCH: Cheryl breaks down after confronting Jono over his texts. Post continues...

After the first dinner party, Jonathon and Scarlett hit it off so much that they swapped numbers and spent the entire night sending flirty texts to each other.

Jonathon's wife Cheryl Maitland was so blindsided by Jono's actions, she dumped him.

"I hate disloyal people. I heard you last night saying you got paired with the wrong person. And then you swapped numbers and you have been talking to each other," Cheryl wept.

Game changer: Scarlett and Jono's texting scandal was the first time a drama of its kind was broadcast on *MAFS*.
Game changer: Scarlett and Jono's texting scandal was the first time a drama of its kind was broadcast on MAFS.

Cheryl Maitland and Andrew “Jonesy” Jones

After her marriage with Jono combusted when he was caught texting co-star Scarlett, the hairdresser re-entered the experiment with Andrew "Jonesy" Jones, who was ditched by runaway bride Lauren Bran.

Their re-coupling proved explosive and soon became the show's dominant plot line.

From claims Andrew found another man in Cheryl's bed (who apparently was her gay besite), to the firefighter's cringe-worthy attempts to serenade Chezza with his guitar, Chez and Jonesy were a producer's dream come true and were obviously never going to make it in the real world.

Helloooo ratings!

Cheryl and Andrew re-entered the competition together but left single.
Cheryl and Andrew re-entered the competition together but left single.

Andrew "Jonesy" Jones and Scarlett Cooper

Not long after his bust-up with Cheryl, Jonesy was pictured holding hands with Scarlett Cooper in his hometown of Perth, Scarlett reportedly even stayed at his place.

Sadly they couldn't survive the MAFS curse and Scarlett took to social media to upload what looked to be Andrew's profile on Tinder. "When your bf is on Tinder #awk," she penned.

Andrew and Scarlett couldn't survive the *MAFS* curse.
Andrew and Scarlett couldn't survive the MAFS curse.

Troy Delmege and Carly Bowyer

We must admit, we never saw this coming but the more we look at their X-rated make-out session in a Melbourne park, the more we're here for it!

This year's resident comedian Troy Delmege was matched with flight attendant Ashley Irvin but it failed to lift off and the pair mutually decided to call it quits.

While Carly Bowyer's marriage to millionaire Justin Fischer was as stale as an out-of-date Cruskit.

So good on Troy and Carly for testing out the waters, most likely calling up the paps and enjoying a dry humping session in the park.

There's so many ways to find true love and who's to say this won't be one of them?

Look away now, Justin and Ashley! Troy and Carly get to *really* know each other in a Melbourne park. *(Image/Splash)*
Look away now, Justin and Ashley! Troy and Carly get to really know each other in a Melbourne park. (Image/Splash)
Is their spark legit or merely a showmance to extend their 15 minutes? You be the judge! *(Image/Splash)*
Is their spark legit or merely a showmance to extend their 15 minutes? You be the judge! (Image/Splash)

Troy and Carly are set to debut their shock new romance to the cast of MAFS this week.

Walking hand-in-hand into the final dinner party together, jaws were literally on the floor as Troy and Carly entered the room as a couple.

"Although producers knew they were a couple, nobody else did until they walked into the reunion holding hands," an insider tells NW.

"Everyone was shocked to see them together. But no-one more so than Ashley, who couldn't stop crying while Carly seated herself on Troy's knee at the dinner table opposite her, where shew as showing off and kissing him," they add.

"Ash feels like she's been totally played and betrayed by both Troy and Carly - even though she obviously wasn't falling in love with him, Troy told Ash he loved her. And this was just proof that it was bulls--t."

READ MORE: Everything you need to know about Carly and Troy's romance!

Pillow talk: Troy cuddles up to new flame Carly in bed.
Pillow talk: Troy cuddles up to new flame Carly in bed.

Davina Rankin and Dean Wells

Saving the best (or most scripted!) til last, season five super-villains Davina Rankin and Dean Wells' forbidden love has become Australia's guilty pleasure.

After hitting it off at a dinner party, Dean and Davina decided they have a much better connection with one another and unbeknownst to their respective "husband and wives", Ryan Gallagher and Tracey Jewel, met up for a date.

The pair made a secret pact to ditch their spouses and continue the experiment with each other. But in the mother of all plot twists, Dean changed his mind and stitched Davina up, running back to his TV wife Tracey in the most cringe-worthy of commitment ceremonies.

A devastated Davina was left humiliated and was left stuck with Ryan, until they eventually broke up.

Davina and Dean made a secret pact to be together but the bikini model was stitched up.
Davina and Dean made a secret pact to be together but the bikini model was stitched up.

But Deano reckons he did nothing wrong.

"In my mind, I didn't cheat. I only met with Davina to discuss how we weren't happy with our partners. It did get a little bit romantic, and I did have thoughts of leaving Tracey," he told TV WEEK.

"But we never kissed on the lips or were intimate in anyway. I wasn't completely honest with Tracey, but I didn't cheat on her." Ain't love grand!

Despite Tracey and Dean trying to patch things up through the power of rap and skateboarding, Tracey finally dumped Dean at the last commitment ceremony and has no regrets.

"If the cheating didn't happen and the other bits and pieces didn't happen, I think we could have had a real shot at a relationship," she explained to TV WEEK.

"It's hard enough to do long distance without all our issues. With the cheating and the disrespect at the boys' night, there's just so much murky water."

Tracey Jewel, Justin Fischer and Sean Thomsen?

After a local publication claimed Tracey Jewel slept with Justin Fischer on a boozy night out while her TV husband Dean was in the other room, the mother-of-one has since slammed the reports.

"This is completely untrue and defamatory," she told the Daily Mail.

It's not the only groom she's been linked to, with photos of Tracey looking close to Blair Rachel's husband Sean Thomsen also surfacing.

In one set of snaps, the pair exchange hotel keys in what looks to be a romantic embrace in a dimly lit doorway.

See the pictures from Tracey and Sean's hotel hook-up here!

Tracey and Blair's husband Sean have been hanging out together in Perth.
Tracey and Blair's husband Sean have been hanging out together in Perth.

Unaware of the cameras, Blake Garvey's former girlfriend and the "Tinder Playboy" seemed very close, leading some people to question what was going on between them.

Since their hot hotel hook-up, Tracey and Sean have been pictured together several times in their hometown of Perth and most recently were seen a romantic holiday in Bali.

Dropping the biggest hint yet that they're dating, Tracey confessed this week that she's off the market.

"I'm keeping that close to my chest. [But] I'm not single anymore. I can't say [who] but you'll find out soon," the mother-of-one mused in a radio interview.

Speaking to Fitzy and Wippa, she remained coy about who the mysterious man is. When asked whether her new catch also starred in her season of Married At First Sight, she replied with a simple, "no comment".

"Nothing happened while I was on the show, obviously," she added. "I was with Dean."

Tracey has denied reports she slept with Carly's hubbie Justin.
Tracey has denied reports she slept with Carly's hubbie Justin.

Alycia Galbraith and Ryan Gallagher

Now here's a switcheroo we can get behind!

Since her early departure from the Channel 9 show following the breakdown of her marriage with Mat Lockett, Sydney stunner Alycia Galbraith has been linked to Davina Rankin's husband Ryan Gallagher.

"Ryan and Alycia are already in contact and everyone thinks they'd make a great couple," a source told NW magazine.

"She still wants to find The One and Davina's just stringing him along."

Insiders say the 29-year-old, who recently shared her inspiring weight loss journey, thinks Ryan is the ideal type of guy for her.

Alycia and Ryan would make an adorable duo!
Alycia and Ryan would make an adorable duo!

Ryan Gallagher and Ashley Irvin

It looks like Ryan is very in demand!

Last month, fans were sent into a spin after photos surfaced of Ryan and Ash enjoying a shopping date in Queensland.

Speaking to the Canberra Times, Ryan explained they organised to hang out after he jetted to Queensland to help his dad with a building assignment near the blonde bride's home.

"I rang her and said, 'What are you doing?' And she said, 'Just playing tennis all day, I'm not working'. And I said, 'I'll play tennis, I'm coming," he told the publication.

Ryan, who has had his fair share of drama this season thanks to Davina cheating on him with Dean Wells, insists he and Ashley are just good friends.

While Ash admits she has a crush on the tradie.

"Ryan is hot. But during the experiment, I wanted to be loyal," she said to TV WEEK.

Ash admits she had a secret crush on Ryan.
Ash admits she had a secret crush on Ryan.