'Married At First Sight Australia' season 8: When does it start? Who are the couples? What happened to season 7?

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'Married At First Sight Australia' is heading into season 8. (Channel 4)

The honeymoon might be well and truly over for the Married At First Sight UK couples, but there's good news for fans of the show as season eight of the Australian version is airing.

With 18 new nervous singles taking their places at the altar in a bid to find love, we look at who's taking part, who the experts are, and what became of season seven.

Read more: Married At First Sight Reunion - which couples are forever and which are for now?

Here's all you need to know about Married At First Sight Australia's latest series.

WARNING: Spoilers ahead for seasons 6 and 7

When is Married At First Sight Australia season 8 on TV?

Belinda, Joanne
The series kicks off with the hen and stag parties. (Channel 4)

It's a MAFS bonanza this Monday (October 4) as the launch show of Married At First Sight Australia season eight precedes the reunion episode of the UK version where we'll find out which couples are still together.

The Australian series airs on E4 at 7.30pm nightly from Monday to Friday.

Who are the couples taking part in MAFS Australia 8?

Rebecca, Jake
Who will last from the season 8 couples? (Channel 4)

We're yet to meet this season's couples but will update you as they're matched.

The series will start out with nine couples paired up to marry, but with previous Australian series adding new couples to the mix weeks in, it would be no surprise if a few more joined them.

In episode one, we'll meet the 18 people taking part at the stag and hen nights before the first two couples go ahead with their vows.

Who are the relationship experts?

PHOTOGRAPH BY NIGEL WRIGHT. .WRIGHTPHOTO1@MAC.COM..MAFS 8 2020..THIS PICTURE SHOWS: RELATIONSHIP EXPERTS MEL, JOHN AND ALESSANDRA. 1ST COMMITMENT CEREMONY............
Mel Schilling, John Aiken and Alessandra Rampolla offer their advice. (Channel 4)

MAFS favourite Mel Schilling returns to the panel as the long-running relationship expert offering advice and guidance to the couples.

Schilling will be familiar to viewers as she also starred in the rebooted version of the UK show.

Read more: MAFS UK star on what viewers don't see

Here, she'll be joined by regular co-star John Aiken who is also back to dispense romance advice to the Australian couples.

Making up the third spot on the panel is sexologist Alessandra Rampolla.

Where is MAFS Australia season 7?

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During the winter lockdown earlier this year, MAFS Australia's sixth season became a huge hit with viewers stuck at home every night.

When it ended, fans of the show were desperate to get on with season seven which was originally expected to air on E4 in the summer.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - SEPTEMBER 21: Elizabeth Sobinoff attends Colgate Optic White Stakes Day at Royal Randwick Racecourse on September 21, 2019 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by James Gourley/Getty Images for Australian Turf Club)
Sadly we didn't get to see Elizabeth's second chance. (James Gourley/Getty Images for Australian Turf Club)

However, it seems to have been replaced with the rebooted UK series which has just ended after a format change that made it much more like the Australian version.

Viewers can watch seasons five and six on All 4, but it appears that the broadcaster has chosen to skip season seven and will be airing season nine next year, currently being trailed in Australia where it hasn't shown yet.

Read more: MAFS UK fans shocked at Marilyse and Franky decision

It's a shame that we won't get to see season seven as it included the return of season six bride Elizabeth, who was famously cheated on by Sam who briefly got together with another bride, Ines.

Elizabeth returned for season seven where she found love with her second-chance husband Seb, although the pair later split after the experiment ended.

Which of the MAFS Australia season 6 couples are still together?

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There were so many couples involved in season six of Married At First Sight Australia that some of them never even met, having left the experiment before others joined.

However, unlike many series of the show that have aired around the world, it did start two lasting love stories.

Jules and Cam were completely smitten from day one and had possibly the smoothest journey MAFS has ever seen.

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - MAY 26: Cam and Jules from MAFS attend the 2019 TV WEEK Logie Awards Nominations Party at The Star Gold Coast on May 26, 2019 in Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Chris Hyde/Getty Images)
Cam and Jules are still going strong. (Chris Hyde/Getty Images)

Since the show, Jules and Cam have got married for real and realised their dream of becoming parents when baby Oliver was born in September 2020.

Also still in love and going strong are Martha and Michael, who managed to rise above the drama of the rowing couples around them to stay together long term.

That's it, though - all of the other couples either crashed out of the experiment, or split shortly after it ended.

Watch: Married At First Sight Australia 2022's trailer

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