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. Each lady is situated behind a lit up podium. To begin, a few short videos are shown to introduce the guy. After the videos, the girls can choose to turn their light off, thus signalling their lack of interest.
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THE object of my affection was within reach. Then, in a comparison that left me speechless, she told me I bore a striking resemblance to Jesus. Despite Ms. With an intimation of my impending mortification, I faced the camera head-on and plunged into the alternate universe of Chinese dating shows. My embarrassing fate should not have come as a surprise. While Westerners may imagine Chinese television as a staid remnant of the Communist-controlled information system, the reality is that more than a decade of media commercialization has made television here — particularly provincial satellite channels with national audiences — provocative, even by Western standards.
A far cry from American dating shows, such as the Bachelorette, the female contestant on the popular Chinese program will never pretend she is slightly impressed if she feels her suitor is not up to her standards, reported the Daily Mail. In fact, the show is famous for contestants who are too blunt, with women revealing the exact details why the hopeful guy is not worthy of their love in front of the camera. The six-year-old Chinese dating show, hosted by TV star Meng Fei, is a cultural phenomenon in China, with a viewing audience of up to 50 million people per episode.
BEIJING — You are a young Chinese man whose father tells you the most important skill his future daughter-in-law must have is caring for her home and family. Your mother rejects a year-old woman as your potential mate because she may be too old to bear children. A Weibo page for the show has been visited million times, and the first three episodes had more than million views online.