“Are You the One?” prides itself on its experimental matchmaking. The MTV series, premiering its fifth season Wednesday, centers on mysterious matchmakers coupling up single men and women who admittedly suck at relationships. If the contestants can discover who their supposed “perfect match” is, the group will walk away with a shared pot of money.
While the show has gained a large fan base since premiering on the network in 2014, the matchmaking process is never explained in detail on the program. Host Ryan Devlin spoke to International Business Times on Monday about how MTV’s matchmakers find their supposed perfect couples each season and what its like watching strangers fall in love on television.
MTV Doesn’t Hire Just Anyone
“It’s really extensive. Our show lives and dies on its ability to bring together people who are truly looking to make a connection and who are really giving themselves over to the process,” Devlin told IBT. “The casting process itself is unlike anything I’ve ever seen.”
Before MTV viewers get to watch this year’s 22 singles mingle (up two players from previous seasons) Devlin reveals they went through the ringer to get cast. Each season kicks off with a nationwide search, which grows every year based on the show’s increased viewership, followed by a months-long audition process including a thousand-page questionnaire, a personality test, interviews with friends, families and exes and finally, an in-person interview. Producers of the show work then alongside mathematicians and matchmaking professionals to go over the data.
“It’s basically a really well-thought-out marriage between data and experience between our professional matchmakers to find these people who are seeking and who have a perfect match.”
“You can never be perfect, but I think we get it right a lot more than we get it wrong and certainly a lot more than other shows out there.”
Season 5 Surprises In Store
Like MTV’s viewers, Devlin is a fan of the heart of the show, just one reasons why he’s agreed to host for a fifth time.
“I think what makes it work for everyone, including myself as a host, is that these guys and girls are there looking for love. They suck at dating, they suck at relationships and this is a once and a lifetime opportunity and for those of them that really commit to it and really throw themselves into it you can leave with the relationship of a lifetime. It’s so fun and exciting to see that play out week after week.”
— Ryan Devlin (@RyanDevlin) October 17, 2016
Being able to present the multiple fun twists and turns to the players also has its perks. Wednesday’s premiere will see the contestants introduced to not one, but at least three game-changers which amp up the stakes.
“This season, there are certain pivotal moments throughout that could send it in the right direction or send it in the wrong direction and you’re going to see in Season 5 here there’s a few key moments,” Devlin teased. “There’s more chance at love but it’s going to be harder to make all those matches happen at the same time. It brings a lot of pressure, a lot of stress and a lot of drama into the house.”
Catch the Season 5 premiere of “Are You The One?” Wednesday at 9 p.m. EST on MTV. Stayed tuned to International Business Times for weekly recaps and more “AYTO?” behind-the-scenes details from Devlin.