Dating contestant questions
The show seemed to emphasise a long-term arrangement, with many of the questions revolving around the topic of marriage. ’ was a question that prompted some earnest debate.
Even the name of the show in Chinese 非诚勿扰 (Fēi chéng wù rǎo), emphasises the cultural difference – the phrase actually means ‘serious inquiries only’.
“The production company, Monster Entertainment, gave us a stipend per day and we really didn’t have anything to worry about.
They paid for lodging, all our travel — like everything.” The show has only aired two episodes, and so far Nordahl is still in the competition.
The prizes escalate depending on how long they make it in the contest.
Shows like Big Brother pay a grand prize and then a weekly stipend.
That was the worst part, but after one hour – intense and surreal in equal measure – it was over. Not many Westerners can say they've been on a Chinese TV show.
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.
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.
She wouldn’t say how far she got, but she is now living in the Twin Cities and working in marketing for Aveda.
How did an English Language Assistant from the UK working in China suddenly find himself before an audience of millions?