China most popular dating show
Speaking of Chinese variety TV shows, many people will first think of “Happy Camp” and “If You Are the One,” however in fact there are lots of other variety shows like “The Voice of China.” Various TV shows catches eyes of Chinese people.
Once the bachelor has finished being introduced, if there are more than two lights on, he must walk up to the podiums and turn lights off for the women he isn't interested in until only two are left. After that, he can choose to date one of them or make an offer to date whatever girl he chose at the beginning, even if she turned her light off.This seems like this would mean women would have an easier time finding a husband than a man would have finding a wife.In a quote from a story for Public Radio International, one Chinese woman said: 'There is an opinion that A quality guys will find B quality women, B quality guys will find C quality women, and C quality men will find D quality women.'If You Are The One is a microcosm of Chinese dating culture and the government is taking this seriously.(In China, divorced women are often considered damaged goods.) Some critics called the show a revival of outdated arranged marriages (link in Chinese).Many say it reflects the “Giant Infant” culture described by psychologist Wu Zhihong in her acclaimed book to be somewhat progressive.One is stuck in conservative values (parents wanting virgins and baby makers), and another has become more open-minded (like the 23-year-old guy who wanted to defy his mother and choose the 40-year-old divorcee.) Some viewers have criticized the show for being overly dramatic and suspect it is scripted, which the producer denied in several interviews.
As a Chinese woman who myself has grown up in this divided time—caught in between conservative and progressive China—I found the show almost too real to the point that it’s painful to watch.
The show airs at every Saturday night on Hunan TV.
The programme was hosted by He Jiong, Li Weijia, Xie Na, Du Haitao, and Wu Xin.
” They also brutally rejected a 40-year-old divorcee and single mom.
The parents on the show grilled bachelorettes with questions like “Can you do housework?
At any point, if a woman decides she's not interested in him, she can turn off the light on her podium which triggers a heart-sinking electronic pulse sound to communicate her rejection.