Married at First Sight has announced who will be replacing departing sex expert Dr Trisha Stratford on the show, and it looks like we’re in for some steamy times ahead.
In an announcement shared to Twitter, Channel Nine confirmed that certified clinical sexologist Alessandra Rampolla will be completing the trio for the reality program’s 2021 season.
The Puerto Rican-born sexologist brings decades of experience to her latest gig, working in the industry for over 20 years.
Alessandra admitted that she knew nothing about the reality series before she was contacted about the role, and watched all seven seasons while in hotel quarantine.
"I ended up crossing paths with someone in Australia who I stayed in contact with, and they ended up contacting me about MAFS, which I knew nothing about!" Alessandra told 9 Entertainment.
"I then of course binge-watched the series over, I don't know, five days? I didn't sleep, I wanted to see what happens with the couples! I was in quarantine at the time, so it was perfect."
The announcement was shared to the official Married at First Sight Twitter this morning.
“In 2021, #MAFS welcomes Alessandra Rampolla, a certified clinical sexologist with over 20 years’ experience to our panel of Experts,” the tweet read.
Alessandra is replacing a clinical neuropsychotherapist Dr Trisha Stratford who specialises in the neuroscience of relationships and announced she would be departing the program earlier this month.
Alessandra will be the first sexologist to feature as an expert on the program, and fans wrote they hoped she could up the game of the heavily-criticised expert panel.
“Well let's hope cause the panel we have now are questionable at best,” one fan wrote.
It comes as the newest season of Married at First Sight reportedly gets underway after it was revealed people from Victoria won’t be allowed to participate.
Due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the spike in the number of cases in Victoria, and stage four lockdown in Melbourne, producers say it “just wasn't possible” to cast any Victorians for this season, Daily Mail reports.