“If You Are The One” is nothing like typical American dating shows.
In fact, you will forget all about “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” once you’ll see the kind of blunt questions women in China’s biggest dating game show ask prospective suitors.
Unlike other such shows, contestants in “If You Are The One” don’t beat about the bush or lie about themselves to make an impression.
Instead, if you’re a suitor, especially a man, trying to win the affection of a lovely young lady, you have to be prepared to answer — right away — questions like, “How much do you earn? When will you get a pay rise? Would you be willing to relocate? Would you make me go shopping with you for hours? What’s your relationship with your family like?”
And the grilling doesn’t stop at the questions.
Suitors can be turned down for surprising reasons.
For instance, a young woman told another contestant that she didn’t say hello to him because she didn’t think he deserved it.
While women on the show are known for being straightforward, men can be equally honest about their feelings too.
The show is loosely based on the format of shows like U.K.’s “Take Me Out,” and American reality TV series “Shark Tank.” It has attracted record ratings in China, attracting up to 50 million viewers an episode.