Chinese dating show
“If I was your girlfriend, would you let your belly be my pillow?
” another chirpily asks her plump admirer, who is visibly bewildered.
After the first two seasons, however, it was clear that audiences loved it.
Within the past year ‘If You Are The One’ has become one of the small public broadcaster’s most-watched shows.“It consistently outperforms other programs on the channel with its loyal and enthusiastic following,” says channel manager Caleb James.
When he returned home, Sweeney never expected the show would be a hit in Australia.
“It’s tremendous, people like my mother watch the show religiously every weekend,” he says.“The moment you get in you get hooked,” agrees Jing Han, head of the subtitling department at SBS, who has written the English subtitles for more than 150 episodes.
She doubts, however, that ‘If You Are The One’ would have found similar popularity five years ago.
After living in China for two years, Sweeney says her decision didn’t surprise him. “A recent British contestant — looking very British — was able to keep every Chinese female candidate interested in him at least in the first round,” Jing Han says.
“This was the first time a Western-looking man achieved that.”There might be hope yet for single Australians looking for romance on their favorite Chinese dating show.