The show's title, directly translated to "if you're not serious, then don't bother me," reflects the direct and to-the-point attitude that has made the program so popular since it first debuted in early He was relatively unknown when the show first aired but has now become a household name. Be careful not to confuse this show with If You Are The One , which is a film directed by Feng Xiaogang that shares the TV show's title in Chinese , but is not actually related to the show in any way. Single men appear one by one on stage before a group of 24 women, each standing behind a podium with a light on it. More or less immediately, the man picks one of them in secret that appeals to him. Then, through conversation with the show's host and a series of videos including interviews with his friends, family, and coworkers, the man reveals more about himself, his life, and what he's looking for in a mate.
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At the beginning of last November, a Chinese teacher and colleague at my school sent me a message on WeChat the Chinese near-equivalent of WhatsApp asking if I was looking for a girlfriend in China. There followed an application and an interview for a TV show. Little did I know what I was letting myself in for. It's six weeks later. I'm surrounded by scaffolding, cables and stage machinery, dimly illuminated by fluorescent lighting. Gradually, it all started to sink in.
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It follows in the Chinese tradition of the cryptic four-character phrase. Anyway, my wife enjoys watching the show. And then I learned that the show has been subtitled in English by Australian broadcaster SBS Two, and the show has taken the country by storm. Which she does, if I ask. The Tumblr if you are the gif does the same thing, but does not appear to be active any more.
Earlier this year, Twitter user touchmybobby posted a string of meme-style screenshots from a very relatable Chinese dating show. The show, If You Are the One , is actually a beloved ratings beast. The format, loosely based on another Australian dating show called Taken Out , is as follows: One male suitor is introduced to 24 women, who stand in an arc in a live arena, each one behind a light-up podium.