Producer Liu Yuan told Sixth Tone on Tuesday that the next episode will show the women’s families judging the men.
The show has provoked lively discussions about dating in contemporary China, with some viewers saying the program reveals the double standards for men and women, as well as the complications created by meddling parents with superficial, narrow, and materialistic ideals.
On a typical American dating show, the Bachelorette will act impressed by her suitor though she is clearly out of his league.
(She once told the Huffington Post: “My words aren’t like massage oil — they’re like acupuncture needles, they go right to the nerve and twist it.”) What has happened to Jin Xing, once an icon of progressive attitudes around gender and sexuality?
Jin Xing is the first transgender celebrity in China, and a progressive icon for many.
She enjoys many titles: an accomplished dancer, founder of a modern dance company, a single mother of three adopted children, a talk show host, a business woman, and a wife of an interracial marriage.
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.