This show will make even the most bitter among us believe in love again.
Worry no more. Because this show is the bomb.
It’s a Chinese dating game show called If You Are The One (it airs here on SBS Two and is available on SBS on Demand). It’s a cult classic in China (where more than 50 million people tune in to watch each episode) and is developing quite the following here too.
The basic premise is that 24 women each have a light that is on, signalling their interest in the bachelor candidates, until they choose to turn it off. The candidate reveals more and more of himself through pre-recorded videos and showing off a talent and if there is a woman left with her light on, he can choose to take her on a date. If more than one girl has their light on, he can choose who he wants to date. If no one has their light on, he goes home single (though he walks out via the last-ditch ‘Avenue of Love’ where women can signal their interest in him).
It’s sweet. It’s captivating. It’s refreshingly honest. And it’s better than The Bachelor. This is why:
1. The girls don’t pretend that one guy is going to be of interest to them all.
While The Bachelor is used to having women fawning over him and vying for his affection, these women are ruthless. They are not afraid to turn off their lights soon after the man appears and they greet their potential suitor with comments like these:
[About a fellow who looked a little angry] “I don’t think he’s looking for a date, he’s looking for revenge.”