Producer Liu Yuan told Sixth Tone on Tuesday that the next episode will show the women’s families judging the men.
The show has provoked lively discussions about dating in contemporary China, with some viewers saying the program reveals the double standards for men and women, as well as the complications created by meddling parents with superficial, narrow, and materialistic ideals.
Have you ever been on a blind date and felt there was something missing — such as your parents?
A new television series that premiered on Saturday provides just that, with the slogan “Chinese-style blind dating; feel more secure with parents present.” Anchored by popular host Jin Xing — who has been called China’s transgender Oprah — and produced by Shanghai’s Dragon TV, “Chinese Dating” mimics traditional blind dates arranged by parents, placing a female candidate in front of five bachelors’ families instead of the potential suitor himself.
Relationship consultant Shi Xiuxiong told Sixth Tone that he wants to see such standards challenged.
Many online comments supported Lin and criticized the male contestants as overindulged man-children.
“What you want is different from what your son wants,” she commented on the show.“For the parents, it’s more like a trade,” wrote one Weibo user, expressing disappointment with the notions that parents presented on the show.“But that’s the reality,” another user commented.
Editor's Note: The popular Chinese dating show, “If You Are the One,” seems to have quite a following in Australia.
“Hey, you know that the show from your country, 'If You Are the One!? ” In fact, the program was originally a spin off of an Australian dating show called “Taken Out.” “Taken Out,” was first broadcast in 2008, but was canceled after only a month due to poor ratings.
The show, for those who have never seen it, has 24 usually reoccurring female contestants and one male hoping to win their hearts.
For Chinese, while the show may have its funny moments, it is mainly a dating show, not a comedy The Chinese dating show “Fei Cheng Wu Rao,” has unexpectedly become popular in Australia, where it is known by its English name, “If You Are the One!