MAFS stars Jessika Power and Ines Basic almost cast on SAS Australia

EXCLUSIVE: Married At First Sight’s cheating brides Jessika Power and Ines Basic were almost cast on SAS Australia… but they didn’t make the cut for one surprising reason

From Schapelle Corby to Arabella Del Busso, Channel Seven’s SAS Australia has certainly made headlines for casting controversial characters. 

And the cast could’ve been even more scandalous, with sources telling Daily Mail Australia that former Married At First Sight stars Jessika Power and Ines Basic almost made the cut.

The pair both shocked Australians last year for cheating on their spouses during Married At First Sight’s blockbuster sixth season.

Double trouble! Former Married At First Sight stars Jessika Power and Ines Basic almost joined the cast of SAS Australia 

Casting producers for SAS Australia were looking at clients represented by celebrity agent Max Markson, who represents countless reality stars from MAFS and Love Island Australia.

Jessika was reportedly in contention for the gig, but producers ultimately went with one of Max’s other clients, Eden Dally instead.

A source said there were concerns about Jessika’s fitness level, as the blonde bride is known for her love of fast food and often boasts about not exercising and hating the gym.

She was then advised to get in shape in case Channel Seven is interested in casting her in the future. 

Scandalous: The pair both shocked Australians last year for cheating on their spouses during Married At First Sight's blockbuster sixth season

Scandalous: The pair both shocked Australians last year for cheating on their spouses during Married At First Sight’s blockbuster sixth season

Fellow bride Ines was much closer to making it on the show, and was actually part of the original SAS Australia cast. 

Back in April, she confirmed that she was set to start filming the series in New Zealand, but the deal fell through after production was delayed due to the covid pandemic.

Filming was put on hold for a few months, until it eventually started up again in Jindabyne, in the Snowy Mountains, without Ines on board.

SAS Australia: Producers ultimately found several scandalous stars to fill Ines and Jessika's shoes, including former Bachelorette Ali Oetjen and disgraced WAG Arabella Del Busso

SAS Australia: Producers ultimately found several scandalous stars to fill Ines and Jessika’s shoes, including former Bachelorette Ali Oetjen and disgraced WAG Arabella Del Busso

‘I actually got asked to film another TV show there, and the reason I said yes was because it’s in New Zealand and I’ve always wanted to go there,’ Ines said back in April.

‘However, I don’t know what happened with the cast. That fell apart,’ she continued.

‘Production would’ve started now, so I don’t think it would’ve went ahead anyway because filming would start now and we’re in lockdown.’

Producers ultimately found several scandalous stars to fill Ines and Jessika’s shoes, including former Bachelorette Ali Oetjen and disgraced WAG Arabella Del Busso.

Daily Mail Australia has contacted Channel Seven for comment.

Step it up! A source said there were concerns about Jessika's fitness level, as the blonde bride is known for her love of fast food and often boasts about not exercising and hating the gym

Step it up! A source said there were concerns about Jessika’s fitness level, as the blonde bride is known for her love of fast food and often boasts about not exercising and hating the gym

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