If you are the one china dating show
‘If You Are The One’ — in Chinese, ‘Fei Cheng Wu Rao’ — has become an unlikely hit for Australia’s youth-oriented SBS2 channel since the network decided to start broadcasting it with English subtitles in 2013.Such is the show’s success with Aussies that producers have launched a casting call here for 28 men and women to fly to China in December and appear in two Australian specials.Its popularity has surprised even SBS2’s executives, who were initially skeptical that their viewers would care to watch a matchmaking show entirely in Chinese.
And of course, the girls get to ask him questions — personal and often painfully direct questions.
On the basis of his answers the female contestants judge the man either worthy or unworthy of a date, and signal their decision by leaving on or switching off a light in front of them.
If any lights are left on by the end of the round, the male candidate chooses between the willing women and takes one of them on a vacation. ‘If You Are The One’ is loosely based on a show called ‘Taken Out’ that first aired in Australia in 2008.
“If I was your girlfriend, would you let your belly be my pillow?
” another chirpily asks her plump admirer, who is visibly bewildered.
“When you came on stage you looked like a noodle,” a third woman tells the slim young man in front of her.“Sorry.” Bold, blunt and deliciously weird, China’s biggest TV dating show is wildly popular in the one market where the show is broadcast for an English-speaking audience: Australia.Within the past year ‘If You Are The One’ has become one of the small public broadcaster’s most-watched shows.“It consistently outperforms other programs on the channel with its loyal and enthusiastic following,” says channel manager Caleb James.The concept is simple: One male contestant faces 24 single women.The jovial host, Meng Fei, might invite the guy to demonstrate a special talent, play testimonials from his friends and family or show him being interviewed backstage.