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Cao Kefan (曹可凡), presenter of Shanghai's Dragon TV claims a large part of these dating shows is just staged acts.
However, when the man started bragging about his 1.5 carat diamond ring, newly furnished apartment and his new Lamborghini Sp A, the atmosphere started to change.On the same show, a female contestant named Lou Yao also made a bold statement saying, “Do not talk to me, unless you are rich.” So much for love conquerring all.With a TV line-up full of money-worshiping contestants -- particularly women -- looking for rich spouses, netizens have gotten fed up and have given one of the shows, Wei Ai Xiang Qian Chong, a creative new title with a simple characters tweak (although keeping the same pronunciation): 伪爱向钱冲 or "Fake Love, Go for the Money." To them this title is far more honest than the original.Although everyone loves poking fun at contestant on reality TV shows, people have started to question whether these money worshipers represent the values in today's Chinese society or have just been selected for ratings.Problem is, to many it seems like these Chinese reality dating shows might be more about money than love.Although the tight connection between love and money is not new (in China or anywhere else in the world), the public nature of the bold statements and actions of the xiang qin (相亲, reality dating shows) contestants is getting people across China talking.
Recently, an ordinary looking businessman from Wenzhou who stood 160 cm tall appeared on the stage of Wei Ai Xiang Qian Chong.
All the female contestants quickly snubbed him, literally turning their heads away.
“I'd rather be sitting inside a BMW and crying than sitting on a bicycle and smiling,” says Beijing girl Ma Nuo on the stage of China's most popular reality dating TV show, Fecheng Wurao (非诚勿扰, “If You Are the One”).
Since it first aired across China, Feicheng Wurao, which is produced by Jiangsu Satellite TV, one of China's regional commercial TV stations, has become one of the most popular shows in China.
Following the successful model, a number of reality dating shows made by other regional stations have appeared on China's small screen.
Hunan Satellite TV started airing Women Yuhui Ba (我们约会吧, “Let's Go on a Date”), Zhejiang Satellite TV has Wei Ai Xiang Qian Chong (为爱向前冲, “Go for Love”), and now Shanghai is also introducing its own version of reality dating TV.