Alessandra Rampolla was praised for breathing new life into Married At First Sight following her debut as the show’s newest relationship expert this year. And now the 47-year-old Puerto Rican sexologist will be returning for the 2022 series.
Alessandra quietly touched Down Under earlier this month and has already completed mandatory hotel quarantine.
Despite having concerns about New South Wales being in lockdown, Alessandra is understood to be thrilled at the opportunity to be invited back for season nine.
‘Alessandra had no idea what she originally signed up for, but she was well-taken care of and loved how well-respected she was by fans and crew,’ a source said.
‘She was really surprised with how the show was edited so decided to binge-watch past seasons, they added.
Alessandra will be joined by John Aiken and Mel Schilling, who just completed a stint on the upcoming UK version of the show.
Meanwhile, producers will be breathing a sigh of relief after the COVID-19 lockdown had them scrambling to find alternate locations to film the show’s weddings.
On Saturday, the government announced that wedding in New South Wales will be permitted from next week, with a maximum of only five guests.
The minister or celebrant conducting the wedding and photographer would not be included in the give guests.
The shooting schedule for the hit dating program was pushed back until October.
It’s expected the halt in filming will not affect the airing dates for the 2022 season.
Nine has maintained the series will be ready on time, but the schedule will be drastically tightened when it goes into post-production.