TV dating programs in China

| June 1st, 2011


If You Are the One (Fei Cheng Wu Rao: literally “If not sincere then don’t bother”) is the most successful TV dating show among many other asian dating programs aired in China now. So far as I know, currently there are more than ten TV shows of the kind aired at the same time. Slightly different, most of the shows follow the basic procedures : 24 or so single women line up on stage and are presented to a male candidate. The candidate will introduce himself with few clips of video and answer questions from the ladies on stage. During this introduction, the ladies press a button to turn off the light in front of them if they have no interest in the guy. After 3 rounds of interaction, if there’s still girls keep the light on for the candidate and he likes one of them, he succeed in the match.


On each episode 5 or 6 candidates will be presented, so on average each candidate has around 20 minutes to get a date, if succeeds. There are also variations of the show, with men lining up to choose a female candidate or parents of girls are invited on stage to participate.

Unlike the old dating TV programs, these new style shows have drawn audience with dramatic elements, which has caused the accusation that these shows are to produced for rating instead of really helping people to find a date. In the show, you can see confrontation, suspense and shocking opinion from the participants. Candidates sometimes fall out, material girl honestly declare their material requirement for husband, remark on candidate’s appearance etc. While the old dating TV program is slow-tempo and more “mutual choice”, the new style shows is fast and like an arena. If the man candidate has no light on for him in the final round, he loses the chance to choose any women on stage.

For another, related scandals are reported constantly. Allegation of fake candidates, nude photo of participant circulating online, “the BMW chic” Ma Nuo and the latest scandal that a guy who was once a candidate on If You Are the One decided to file a law suit against a girl from the show, asking that she should return the BMW he bought for her after she broke off the wedding engagement. Yan Fengjiao was the one of the women on the show. She came across as a shy, innocent girl on TV. However her sexy nude photos circulating online tell another story.


Yan’s circulating sexy photos is hard to believe given her performance on the dating show


E Jiahao (right) accused Sun Yali (left) of breaking off an engagement and asking back the BMW he bought for her

While these shows do help people find their partners, they also has more or less become a platform for some young people to get the 15 minutes of fame. Take the BMW chick Ma Nuo for instance. In one episode where Ma Nuo attend, the candidate asked romantically, “Would you often come riding with me on my bike?” Ma Nuo rejected him, “I would rather cry in a BMW.” Ma Nuo is not the only material girl appeared on the show. The popularity she gained from this show is enormous, whether she wants it or not. After the show, she was invited to be a guest host in some program and attend various TV programs.


Ma Nuo (马诺)

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  1. Meth says:

    she could just take off her clothes on a BMW and be an instant celebrity

  2. White_Guy says:

    lol Good point, but last week I visited Busan for business, and man oh man, getting Korean girls is even easier than getting these chinese girls. I showed them my business card and my friend showed his CJ business card and everynight we fucked a different girl from the nightclubs. Are Asian women all this easy?

  3. WHITE_PIG says:

    If all Asian women are this easy, then all White guys are cheap and gross!

    Asian guys at least have money to pay for a hooker, white guys only carry a piece of shit to clubs. Cheap, Sameless & Disgusting…Get the fucking out of Asia!@!!#@!$@#$@#%@

    • Meth says:

      they carry something every hooker wants, a way out

      maybe asian guys should try scoring white girls for a change, but there’s nothing for them there

  4. nm says:

    Sure is butthurt in here

    ITT no one is what their name suggests they are

  5. korean_guy_is_white says:

    I bet that korean_guy guy is not really korean guy, most probably a white dude, korean would get mad it any guy insult their women

    • David says:

      Actually having read through a few of Korean guy’s comments, I’m pretty sure he’s not Korean. he might even be a chinese guy cleverly trolling the nation of korea. in any event, everyone who uses the forums should know by now to ignore him.

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