90 Day Fiancé season 10 is turning out to be a letdown and among one of the worst seasons yet, so much so that it is almost unwatchable. Season 10 has given renewed airtime to former 90 Day Fiancé: Before the 90 Days spinoff couple Jasmine Pineda and Gino Palazzolo. UK native Sophie Sierra’s relationship with LA-based Rob Warne has taken viewers for a ride this season, and not in the best way. Korea native Nick Ham and Devin Hoofman have already tied the knot this season. Ashley Michelle and her Ecuadorian fiancé Manuel Velez have hit several impasses.
Moldova native Justin and transwoman Nikki Exotikka have been arguing nonstop while Nikki has decided if the K-1 visa is something she wants to even follow through with. Clayton Clark brought Anali Vallejos from Peru over on a K-1 visa to Kentucky to share a small one-bedroom with him and his mom, who lives in the closet. Sam Wilson and his Muslim and Indonesian fiancé, Citra, have some hurdles with religion and Citra’s family to cross before they wed. Between these six couples and their varying dynamics, the entertainment value has not been as high as in seasons past.
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This season’s selection of cast members has come off as mostly unlikable. The entitled and irritating personalities of Jasmine and Rob and the disrespectful tension between Nikki and Justin and Ashley and Manuel have put a damper on this season. Many couples don’t have the depth to their problems, and they have no tools for proper communication and problem-solving. While that has created a fair bit of drama this season, the quality of the drama has been low, making the cast members and couples more annoying than anything.
This is the third season 90 Day Fiancé franchise fans have had to endure the relationship between Gino and Jasmine. Many have called their connection toxic and called out Jasmine’s anger, jealousy, and selfishness for being the catalyst of their horrible dynamic. It’s always the same with these two, and their addition to 90 Day Fiancé season 10 adds no value to the show and, instead, makes it harder to watch. Much like the continued storylines of Angela Deem and Michael Ilesanmi, the network does not know when to quit with Jasmine and Gino.
Nick and Devin have only had one spot of drama the entire season, and it was resolved easily. When Nick called Devin “piggy” in front of Devin’s family and insinuated that she had extra weight, Devin’s family did not take that well. However, Nick learned the error of his remarks and nickname and was able to redeem himself. Other than that, this couple has been wholly unremarkable to watch on screen. They both have awkward energy in front of the camera, and Devin is hard to understand. They could have been replaced by a couple with a less boring storyline.
One of the biggest challenges facing the authenticity and entertainment value of 90 Day Fiancé the last few seasons has been clout chasers coming onto the show. Clout chasers are people who try to personally gain social power or influence by associating themselves with something famous or influential, which in this case is 90 Day Fiancé. Most notably, Jibri and Miona Bell were prime examples of clout chasers. They wasted no time self-promoting and manufacturing a more interesting storyline. Furthermore, they are not even together anymore, so their whole relationship may have been a ploy to gain notoriety.
This season, aspiring actor and model Rob is an obvious clout chaser, as is Sophie who touts herself as an influencer. On the show, Citra said she hopes to start making money on social media. Nikki has a history of being on reality TV, so she could be using the show to cling to fame and self-promote. Ashley is a self-employed witch, so her presence on the show could have been a tactic to gain more followers and customers.
Jasmine and Gino appear to be aiming for roles as recurring cast members within the franchise. Neither Gino nor Jasmine has a job, so they may be reliant on the show for everything now. If the casting team continues to let clout chasers onto the show, its value will continue to diminish.
90 Day Fiancé season 10 has been a bust so far because the drama hasn’t been fulfilling, and most of the storylines and narratives are boring. Many of the cast members have unlikable personalities that dampen how fun the show is to watch. There are no cast members this season that stand out as charismatic and none have won the favor of viewers. The most popular seasons of 90 Day Fiance have showcased deeply troubled dynamics that have had many moving components to them. Couples have fought over genuine concerns rather than had screaming sessions on purpose to garner more airtime.
If the show can get back to the basics of showing genuine couples in cross-cultural relationships and all the hardships that come with that, then 90 Day Fiancé can improve its quality. The clout chasers need to be weeded out, as they are damaging to the show’s intent and authenticity. Recognizing when a couple’s storyline has run its course is also something future seasons of 90 Day Fiancé should take into consideration when adding returning couples. Also, showcasing a toxic dynamic is not the best way to garner drama and entertain viewers as the network seems to be trying to do with Jasmine and Gino.
The premise and idea behind 90 Day Fiancé is strong, and viewers have been enjoying the franchise since 2014. However, it is straying from favor due to the poor casting, uninteresting storylines, and manufactured drama. The show needs to focus on finding couples with moving backstories and unique lives, as it has done before.
90 Day Fiancé airs Sundays at 8 p.m. EDT on TLC.
90 Day Fiance is a reality TV series that follows the trials and tribulations of Non-U.S. citizens who travel from abroad each season to meet their potential spouses utilizing a K-1 visa. This three-month visa gives the pair 90 days to determine whether or not their romantic and life goals are aligned before they’re forced to return home unmarried. Drama and tension unfold as the couples navigate the tricky dynamics of international marriage.