Suddenly the entire set starts to rotate around me and my insides begin to melt.
I feel like I'm trapped inside a Transformer which has just woken up.
The show's popularity and social commentary has drawn attention of academics and foreign media, and after concerns from Chinese regulators in 2011 the show's format was tweaked to de-emphasize factors such as financial wealth.
“If You Are the One" is currently the most-viewed dating show in the Chinese-speaking world.
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.
For single people, they’re a platform for seeking potential spouses; for fans, they’re the subject of gossip and dissection; for the cultural elites, they’re a topic for derision; and for the government, they’re a target for surveillance.
Compared with Western cultures, China has traditionally had a vastly different value system towards marriages and family.
At any point, if a woman decides she's not interested in him, she can turn off the light on her podium which triggers a heart-sinking electronic pulse sound to communicate her rejection.
Ugly, or otherwise unappealing, guys are often rejected by most or all of the women quite quickly.
In many ways, dating shows became a powerful way to facilitate these changes.
By looking at the development of Chinese television dating shows, we can see how love and marriage changed from a ritualized system mired in the past to the liberated, Western-style version we see today.
But if the man is especially dreamy, women can also choose to activate a "blast light" that shows their strong interest in him.