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Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling teases exciting virtual meetings... after it was revealed she will greet 2021 contestants

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Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling teases exciting virtual meetings… after it was revealed she will greet 2021 contestants via Zoom

The fresh cast of Married At First Sight strangers are set to say ‘I do’ at their filmed weddings in the coming weeks.

But it’s been reported that the show’s relationship experts will be forced to meet the loved-up hopefuls via Zoom due to the coronavirus pandemic.

On Tuesday, Channel Nine personality Mel Schilling fueled the rumours by teasing ‘an exciting day full of video meetings with fabulous people’.

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Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling (pictured) teased some exciting virtual meetings on Tuesday... after it was revealed she would likely greet 2021 contestants via Zoom this year

Married At First Sight expert Mel Schilling (pictured) teased some exciting virtual meetings on Tuesday… after it was revealed she would likely greet 2021 contestants via Zoom this year

Sources recently told Daily Mail Australia that for the first time ever, the cast won’t meet the relationship experts face to face while filming their backstories. 

Instead, they will consult with Mel, John Aiken and Dr Trisha Stratford via Zoom to comply with social distancing rules.   

Sharing a selfie from her home office, Mel cryptically wrote ‘let’s do this!’ wit the hashtags ‘video meetings’, ‘getting it done’ and ‘boss lady’.

Social distancing: The cast members won't meet the relationship experts face to face. Pictured: season six star Mike Gunner (centre) with John Aiken (left) and Mel Schilling (right)

Social distancing: The cast members won’t meet the relationship experts face to face. Pictured: season six star Mike Gunner (centre) with John Aiken (left) and Mel Schilling (right)

Behind schedule: The weddings had originally been scheduled for late August, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: grooms from MAFS' sixth season

Behind schedule: The weddings had originally been scheduled for late August, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. Pictured: grooms from MAFS’ sixth season

Filming of the participants’ backstories was due to commence this week, while the weddings aren’t due to be filmed until mid-September. 

The weddings had originally been scheduled for late August, but were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Unfortunately for unlucky-in-love Melbournians, they were apparently blocked from appearing on the upcoming eighth season.   

Daily Mail Australia can reveal that MAFS producers have decided not to cast any Victorians this season after the state recorded a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Sorry! 'They've replaced all the Melbourne participants with second-option contestants from Adelaide and Queensland,' a production insider told Daily Mail Australia. Pictured: season seven bride Hayley Vernon

Sorry! ‘They’ve replaced all the Melbourne participants with second-option contestants from Adelaide and Queensland,’ a production insider told Daily Mail Australia. Pictured: season seven bride Hayley Vernon

The (reality) show must go on! Pre-production of MAFS season eight began in March. At the time, executive producer Tara McWilliams shared a short video of herself in her office at Endemol Shine's Sydney headquarters wearing blue surgical gloves

The (reality) show must go on! Pre-production of MAFS season eight began in March. At the time, executive producer Tara McWilliams shared a short video of herself in her office at Endemol Shine’s Sydney headquarters wearing blue surgical gloves

Pre-production of MAFS season eight began in March.

At the time, executive producer Tara McWilliams shared a short video to Instagram of herself in her office at Endemol Shine’s Sydney headquarters.

As a safety precaution, she was wearing blue surgical gloves.

Nine and Endemol Shine put out the first casting call for the new season in February, when the seventh series was still airing.

Production is expected to continue through to December, with the cast reunion slated for January.

Success: MAFS season six couple Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant are the most successful couple from the series, having wed in 2019 and are now expecting their first child

Success: MAFS season six couple Jules Robinson and Cameron Merchant are the most successful couple from the series, having wed in 2019 and are now expecting their first child

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