In 2013, the show began broadcasting on SBS 2 (now SBS Viceland) in Australia, in an hour-long version with English subtitles provided by SBS.
Single men appear one by one on stage before a group of 24 women, each standing behind a podium with a light on it.
Have you ever been on a blind date and felt there was something missing — such as your parents?
A new television series that premiered on Saturday provides just that, with the slogan “Chinese-style blind dating; feel more secure with parents present.” Anchored by popular host Jin Xing — who has been called China’s transgender Oprah — and produced by Shanghai’s Dragon TV, “Chinese Dating” mimics traditional blind dates arranged by parents, placing a female candidate in front of five bachelors’ families instead of the potential suitor himself.
All of the parents seemed satisfied with Lin, until they found out she was 40 years old and had a son. “It’s just because of her age,” several families said.
“I hope my daughter-in-law will give birth to two to three kids,” Zhao’s mother said, implying that Lin was too old for her son, who expressed that he was still interested.