When Meng Fei was told the show he hosts was popular in Australia, he thought it was a lie. The Chinese dating program If You Are the One has an audience of more than 30 million at home, but is watched mostly by expats on Mandarin-language TV stations in other countries. The exception is Australia, where it is subtitled in English for SBS-TV and seen by about , weekly, including an enthusiastic group on Twitter, who discuss episodes as they air, tagging their tweets with the "ifyouaretheone" hashtag so anyone can join in. In China, where the show has 34 million followers on Weibo their version of Facebook , a similar phenomenon occurs. Luckily, the show seems to have universal appeal.
What I learned from being on a Chinese TV dating show
If You Are the One (game show) - Wikipedia
At the beginning of last November, a Chinese teacher and colleague at my school sent me a message on WeChat the Chinese near-equivalent of WhatsApp asking if I was looking for a girlfriend in China. There followed an application and an interview for a TV show. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for. It's six weeks later. I'm surrounded by scaffolding, cables and stage machinery, dimly illuminated by fluorescent lighting. Gradually, it all started to sink in. Not many Westerners can say they've been on a Chinese TV show.
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If You Are The One: The crazy Chinese dating show
Since I talked about online dating in the last post, I figured I might as well jump into the wild world of Chinese dating game shows today. Alongside the explosion of the online dating market in China, game shows full of young Chinese who are single and ready to mingle have also gotten incredibly popular in recent years. Twenty-four women stand in an arc on stage and are greeted by a single man.
Fifty million Chinese can't be wrong. That was probably the thinking behind SBS 2 picking up If You Are the One , the dating show with 24 girls and one man looking for love and marriage, which boasts these audience figures in its homeland. It was the right decision: the potent blend of brutal honesty, quirky personalities, and pithy insight into the different social mores and customs of Chinese culture has seen it become something of a phenomenon in Australia in the two years it has been airing here. A group of dedicated fans who live-tweet the show have formed a community and closely follow the fortunes of the contestants after they pair up and leave the show. Last week, a panel put on by the Confucius Institute in Melbourne, featuring a former contestant from Australia, Joe Sweeney, sold out.