Chinese dating show if you are the one
Robbie Stanley-Smith tells us what he discovered during his moment in the spotlight.
Chinese dating is a serious business The English equivalent of the show, Take Me Out, is generally light-hearted and casual.Conquering nerves is rewarding It's six weeks later.I find myself crouching on a small, circular platform, clutching a microphone, breathing heavily and trying to listen to the voices of the hosts and the previous contestant, but understanding nothing.The lyrics include, “I come from Australia, I’m here to find a girlfriend…” — that kind of thing. The crowd and the host reacted like they were shell-shocked. They liked it, but it was just so surprising for them.Many of these people had probably never even heard rap music before.Successful 'couples' are whisked off to Tenerife or Cyprus for a date, which is filmed, and the result is shown on the next week's episode.
On the Chinese show, called If You Are The One, instead of filming successful contestants on a date, a sponsorship deal with a travel agency gives you an all-costs-paid (and TV-camera-free) four-day holiday in the Maldives, one of the world's leading honeymoon destinations.
And considering China’s rap game is just pocket chess compared to the western hemisphere, it might not prove that hard.
– Tom Valcanis: How did you land a spot on If You Are The One? I said I was, and he invited me to come on the show.
At the end of the show, they handed me a microphone and asked how I thought Dan went. [pauses] I have a theory that people have to pay to even be considered. One day a phone call comes in and they’re like, “Hey, we want you to be on the show.
I know dating companies run websites that offer pre-auditions for the show. A film crew will be coming over within 48 hours.” They filmed my short little introduction clip. My start in rap happened when I lived in Harbin and I went to this club. When did you start experimenting with rapping in Mandarin?
Tom Gorrie: A good friend of mine, Dan Ednie, started doing volunteer work for Jiangsu Satellite Television. You and Dan breezed past thousands to get on, I expect. They have so many people all over China who register just to get an interview for the show.