“Married At First Sight: Second Chances”, featuring David Norton and Vanessa Nelson, premiered last week on Lifetime, and the new concept was beautiful chaos. The two veterans of the original show have been given a chance to do it over after their marriages failed, but in a very different way. Not only are they the ones making the choices this time, but the sheer number of candidates was overwhelming to them.
“Second Chances” is speed dating meets “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette”. More than a hundred possible matches were thrown at David and Vanessa. Each one of the hopefuls got no more than three minutes to make the cut to 50. By the end of the episode half those remained. From there it’s a countdown as bodies get thrown overboard each week until the “one” is chosen.
While promos for the show, including the sneak peek posted below, follow David into a jewelry store as he buys a diamond, Vanessa wasn’t clear about whether or not she’s swinging for the fences. She’s playing it cagey about whether she wants to find a dating partner with whom she can get serious, or if she’s picking a marriage partner.
Here’s the thing we noticed throughout the premiere. Dating candidates made huge errors based on what they should have known about David and Vanessa. Did they not watch some or all of the episodes of their season of “Married At First Sight”?
David wants to take care of someone who returns the favor. He has a wicked sense of humor and loves to laugh and tease, but isn’t bold and forward. Confrontation is something he avoids like the plague, so having to give bad news to dozens of women was a tough experience for him. The woman who tried to makeout with him without warning was sent packing. David’s worst moment was with Jennifer.
In the video clip posted directly below, watch as David has to tell Jennifer a second time, that she wasn’t making the cut. It was social stalking at its finest.
Vanessa is a serious woman who is looking for commitment and honesty. While she has a sense of humor, she’s a very proper and doesn’t go in for extremes. Loud displays of machismo, like the arm wrestling contest she saw at the cocktail party don’t go over well with her. Vanessa likes a man with a little flair, but in general prefers someone more conservative about his appearance. The nipple rings guy could have known that if he paid attention.
In episode two David throws a pool party to winnow down the candidates and Vanessa entertains her guys at a place where they can climb walls and more. This is where it becomes like “The Bachelorette”, just without the roses.
“Married At First Sight: Second Chances” airs Thursdays on Lifetime, immediately following the latest episode of “Married At First Sight”. Image/video credit: Lifetime, used with permission