One out of 100 dating show

"Most of the girls flipped their cards, which meant they were bowing out, but I'd already agreed to leave mine open, even thought I wasn't overly interested.

I was one of three who still had their cards open, which gave him the option of using certain criterion to filter out girls. One of the hosts then tells him there's a girl who she thinks is a really suitable candidate but is just below his height requirement.

He still had no idea who'd turned their cards and the first he selected was a minimum height of 163cm. They also gave him a chance to see whom the "computer" had matched him with, which turned out to be Rebecca.

I ended up picking this 29-year-old guy called Vic because he was the most Australian of all the contestants, although they were all born in China.

He said he liked bike riding and art, so he seemed to have more in common with me than the others. His video intro said he made 450,000 RMB/year as a car sales representative, and was in the Army Reserves. I asked, if his girlfriend had the chance to work overseas would he go with her?

Packed with manufactured tears and hard luck stories, this wildly popular show is aired every Friday evening in Mainland China. She was in a rush to find me a Chinese boyfriend after coming out of a relationship with a Westerner and being single for over a year.

Every week my mum and grandma would ask about my dating life.

They held hands on stage for 20 seconds, and looked into each other's eyes to see how they felt.

Rebecca started crying; meanwhile I'm still awkwardly standing in the background . My motivation for coming on the show was the free trip to Shanghai and the fear my mum might never speak to me again if I didn't take this opportunity to see the real world. She came to Australia when she was young, all on her own, and worked hard all her life.

I remember arguing with my mum over pulling out of the show, even after my flights were booked and my short notice leave approved; there was no way of getting out of it.

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