TV dating programs in China
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 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)