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Who won the 'Married at First Sight' social media popularity contest?

They went on for ‘love’ and found Instagram fame.

By Jessica Chandra
Carly and Troy on Married at First Sight

Our obsession with reality TV stars turns them into celebrities — sad, but true. Even though we watch these regular people on Married at First Sight four nights a week on TV, it's not enough, which is why we follow them on social media, boost their profiles, and give them so much ~influence~ that they start flogging all their free shit to us. (If this sounds salty, it's because I'm wondering why I haven't gone on a reality show to follow a similar path.) (Just kidding.)

Of course, going on a reality show is not all sunshine, roses and a giant boost in Instagram followers, and there can be some seriously damaging effects that last long after the show is over.

But in this day and age, it can't be denied that growing your ~audience~ helps lead to other opportunities, and some have fared better than others.

Before the 2018 season of Married at First Sight started, we tracked down most of the contestants' Instagram accounts and noted how many followers they had at the time. And wow, have some of those numbers grown!

Let's take a look at who emerged as the most ~popular~ person from Married at First Sight now that the show has ended for another year. The results might surprise you.

Davina Rankin

Instagram account: @davvyxx

Number of followers before the show: 244k

Number of followers after the show: 336k

Follower growth: 92k

Charlene Perera

Instagram account: @thisischarlenep

Number of followers before the show: 556

Number of followers after the show: 83.9k

Follower growth: 83.3k

Sarah Roza

Instagram account: @sarahjaneroza

Number of followers before the show: 50.2k

Number of followers after the show: 263k

Follower growth: 213k

Gabrielle River

Instagram account: @gabrielleriver

Number of followers before the show: 2,506

Number of followers after the show: 63.7k

Follower growth: 60k

Tracey Jewel

Instagram account: @traceyjewel_ify

Number of followers before the show: 605

Number of followers after the show: 96.7k

Follower growth: 96.1k

Carly Bowyer

Instagram account: @carlybowyer

Number of followers before the show: Unknown

Number of followers after the show: 76.9k

Ashley Airvin

Instagram account: @ashleyairvin

Number of followers before the show: 780

Number of followers after the show: 88.7k

Follower growth: 88k

Melissa Walsh

Instagram account: @melissa_mafs

Number of followers before the show: 308

Number of followers after the show: 60.6k

Follower growth: 60.3k

Telv Williams

Instagram account: @telv11

Number of followers before the show: Unknown

Number of followers after the show: 144k

Dean Wells

Instagram account: @deanwells

Number of followers before the show: Unknown

Number of followers after the show: 65.5k

Ryan Gallagher

Instagram account: @ryangallaghergram

Number of followers before the show: 1,291

Number of followers after the show: 162k

Follower growth: 161k

Matty Lockett

Instagram account: @matty_lockett

Number of followers before the show: 382

Number of followers after the show: 45.5k

Follower growth: 45.1k

Sean Thomsen

Instagram account: @seanythomsen

Number of followers before the show: 2,074

Number of followers after the show: 38k

Follower growth: 35k

Troy Delmege

Instagram account: @troydelmege

Number of followers before the show: 53

Number of followers after the show: 51.8k

Follower growth: 51.8k

Nasser Sultan

Instagram account: @nasser_mafs

Number of followers before the show: 107

Number of followers after the show: 39.1k

Follower growth: 39k