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A woman will choose between two husbands for an Irish radio competition

The potentially explosive social experiment will be running until June 16th.

OVER THE COURSE of the next month, regional radio station iRadio is running a social experiment to find two people to get married – without having met each other.

The project is called ‘Three Strangers and a Wedding’ and will feature a bride on her wedding day picking between two grooms – and the catch is that she will only have spoken to them over the phone whilst on air.

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Speaking to about the project, Sandra Kissane of iRadio explained what is actually going to happen:

Three strangers – the bride and two final grooms – will meet for the first time at the alter on June 16th. She will then choose one of the two and get married to them on the day.

The people involved will be complete strangers, with their only contact coming through regular phone chats live on air and “blind” dates in person in the iRadio studio. The bride will choose who she wants to get married to based on these chats, as Kissane explains:

There will be five potential grooms on air. Then she will get to decide to go forward with two of them for the big day

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But, wait. What are the actual chances that the the people will like the look of each other, never mind get on well in person?

This is the crux of the experiment. She will obviously get on that little but better with one, but on the day she will come up the aisle never having met them. When she finally gets to see them, will the person she got on better with win out?

At this stage, we were just curious as to how it will all play out on the day. Surely there is a chance that the bride or the grooms will just not go through with it?

Anything can happen with this. Of course, nobody is forced to do anything and there is no hidden agenda. If they feel it is too much, they can absolutely change their mind on the day.

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The process is ongoing, with the first potential bride on air on tomorrow morning’s breakfast show:

We met up with a lot of people and have narrowed it down to five brides so far. Then over the next week the listeners will bring that down to one bride who will go forward. We wanted there to be brides who are in it for the right reasons, they believe that love is blind, and for it to work out

The idea behind the experiment is that a couple can get to know each other without the pressures of looks or any other distractions. Kissane says that the amount of people who have entered the project has been “shocking” and that they are nearly complete with the interviewing process for the grooms.

The wedding – or perhaps non-event, if things don’t go well – on June 16th will be broadcast live on the station and streamed on its website. Both the bride’s family and the two groom’s families will be in attendance before and after the big decision is made.

No pressure, then.

Written by David Elkin and originally published on

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