It’s not the show’s blatant materialism, or the Chinese government’s aversion to the program.It’s the fact that I was once a contestant on the show.The format is copied from the British dating show Take Me Out.The Chinese version is in your face about money; male contestants will frequently show off their bank statements and luxury cars in an effort to woo interest from a parade of 24 women, who will either pass on them or vie for a date. In China, popularity and influence go hand in hand, and that makes the government nervous.Several times a day I hear the theme song from If You Are the One, the hit Chinese dating show, blaring from my co-worker’s cell phone: It’s an embarrassing techno mix with a man’s voice wailing, "Can you feeeeel it?!" But what really makes me cringe is something else.), China’s most famous dating show and one of China’s most popular television shows in general.
Critics have labeled it sexist and a step backward similar to the outdated custom of an arranged marriage, but the show partly reflects today’s Chinese marriage ecosystem where “leftovers” and their parents hit the panic buttons when festive events must be attended such as family gatherings during Lunar New Year, the Lantern Festival or Chinese Valentine’s Day (February 11).Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.Conquering nerves is rewarding It's six weeks later.It's filmed in Nanjing, the old capital of China, and airs on Jiangsu Satellite TV.is likely about to gain even more viewers as the government has recently cracked down on entertainment programs, decreasing the number aired from 126 to 38 every week.Leftovers refer to single women (usually those over 25) or men (usually over 30), who are not yet married or in a long-term relationship.