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‘Married At First Sight' UK viewers left feeling awkward after Franky’s wedding day speech

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Married At First Sight UK fans were left cringing last night. (Image credit: E4)

Married At First Sight UK fans were cringing last night (2 September) after Franky’s awkward speech on his wedding day to his Yorkshire bride Marilyse.

In last night’s episode, we saw four more complete strangers tie the knot. 34-year-old Sports Journalist Amy married 26-year-old Josh, who works in Insurance and 47-year-old Strength and Conditioning Coach Franky wedded 37-year-old Personal Trainer, Marilyse.

Franky is a proud old school military man, who now resides in Dubai and has been living there for fifteen years. Viewers even compared him to James Bond’s Daniel Craig! Classy mum of two, Marilyse seemed to have found her match with Franky as she wanted someone who was a bit of a leader, who could take control a bit and could be a good role model for her kids. So, Franky seemed to be the perfect fit.

Franky on Married At First Sight UK

Franky seemed happy when he first saw Marilyse walking down the aisle.  (Image credit: E4)

But, despite their instant spark and attraction, the wedding guests and viewers were left in awkward silence when Franky did a speech about his new bride at the wedding reception.

He began the speech with “Ladies and gentlemen, I will actually enjoy this speech because it’s highly unlikely again that I will get to speak for a whole ten minutes without my wife interrupting me,” which earned him a couple of confused looks from the wedding party.

As he continued cracking some strange jokes about his wife making him breakfast every morning and how he likes his eggs, the crowd remained silent, with one wedding guest cringing and shaking her head and even his bride looked a little awkward. 

Franky on Married At First Sight UK

There was a spark of attraction between Franky and Marilyse. (Image credit: E4)

Franky managed to lighten the mood of the crowd towards the end of his speech when he said, “I was sat there last night. I felt like Elvis Presley, because you were always on my mind,” which had some of the guests cheering and laughing. 

“And I bet... I bet you were sat there like Kylie Minogue because you just couldn’t get me out of your head,” he added to the bride, which made the room erupt into laughter.

Fans expressed their uncomfortable and awkward feelings on Franky’s rather odd speech on Twitter...

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Could Franky and Marilyse have what it takes to make their marriage work? Or was Franky's speech a sign that things are set to go downhill? 

Married At First Sight UK airs Monday to Thursday evenings on E4 at 9pm. 

Grace Morris

Grace is a digital writer with WhatToWatch.com, where she writes series guides for must-watch shows and the latest TV news. She graduated from Anglia Ruskin University in 2020 with a degree in Writing and Film Studies, which only made her love for creative writing, film, and TV grow stronger.


Some of her favourite TV shows are Line of Duty, Fresh Meat, The Great British Bake Off, and Gogglebox. In her spare time, Grace likes to explore new places with her friends and family and, of course, watch and read about the latest films and TV series!