‘AYTO’ Is Back With A Big Twist

by Laura Rosenfeld

The Bachelor may have grabbed headlines earlier this week, thanks to Nick Viall finally choosing one lucky lady to spend the rest of his life with — or the rest of his time in the spotlight, if you're cynical like me — but there is another dating series whose season is wrapping up this week, and it's just as buzzy. The Season 5 finale of Are You the One? airs this Wednesday night at 9 p.m. ET on MTV, and it's almost time to see who's going to go home with some money — oh, and some love, too. Let's just hope this is not the last we see of the show and that Are You the One? returns for Season 6.

That ain't nothin' but a wish and a dream at this point. That is because MTV has not yet officially announced whether or not Are You the One? will be returning for Season 6.

However, I have a pretty good feeling that another installment of this dating series is on its way. That's because Are You the One? is currently casting for Season 6, according to the show's page on MTV's website and the Twitter account for casting for the series.

So when can you expect Are You the One? to be back on your TV with new episodes? Well, that's also a little unclear right now. Without an official announcement about the series' renewal, there's no official premiere date for Season 6 available yet, either. There's also no regular date or month in which new seasons of this series premiere, so we're just going to have to wait until MTV makes an official announcement. But, as you can see in the above tweet, Season 6 is set to begin filming this summer.

However, you will have more Are You the One? in your life sooner than you think. The spinoff Are You the One: Second Chances premieres on Wednesday, March 22 at 9 p.m. ET on MTV, the network announced in February. This new series will bring back 10 fan-favorite perfect matches from previous seasons of Are You the One? to battle it out for money. Their relationships will be put to the test in challenges looking to see how strong their bonds are. But this time, it's every couple for itself as successful pairs win money, and one match will be sent home in each episode to see which all-star couple will reign supreme in the end.

Well, that certainly sounds like a nice, little series to tide you over until you hear whether or not the original Are You the One? returns for Season 6. And if there are subsequent seasons, I think it's high time the show incorporates some new twists, what do you think? And no, I don't just mean the honestly-kind-of-lame addition of one more couple into the mix with 11 couples competing in Season 5 instead of the usual 10. Here are a few ways Are You the One? can really jazz things up and wow us in the future.

A Different Kind Of All Stars


I know Are You the One: Second Chances is supposed to be an all-star edition of the series, but instead of having past perfect matches battle it out, why not welcome back the former contestants who didn't find "the one" during their first time in the competition and see if their perfect match could actually be among other past participants who didn't find their perfect matches, either. Think of it as a recalibration of sorts of the show's matchmaking process or as a Bachelor in Paradise for the Are You the One? franchise. Perhaps they'll have better luck next time.

Best Friends Forever

Who says Are You the One? has to just be about romantic love? It would be interesting if the show switched gears a little bit in a future season and challenged contestants to find their perfect BFF match. There would be as much love, fun, and fierceness as ever in a competition like this.

Celebrity Edition

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Are You the One?'s after show recently aired an audition tape from Javi Marroquin, the ex-husband of Teen Mom 2's Kailyn Lowry, and he expressed his hope to find love on the dating show. I bet other reality TV stars and celebrities would want to look for love, compete for money, and get some more publicity on a celebrity edition of Are You the One?. I mean, Season 4 contestant and Are You the One: Second Chances cast member Asaf Goren previously appeared on So You Think You Can Dance. This is how power couples are made, right?

It's What's On The Inside That Counts

I'm curious to see what Are You the One? would be like if the contestants had to search for their perfect match based on non-physical attributes about the person alone, such as his or her personality or interests. MTV would have to work out the kinks of how contestants would go through the competition without being able to see each other (blindfolds for days?), but it could turn out to be a really fascinating experiment if they do.

But if Are You the One? does return for Season 6 with its traditional format intact, I can't be mad about it.