I know there’s a heap of shows on tonight but this is a reminder to set SBS2 to record at 7.30pm, for part II of the Australian special of If You Are the One. If you have never seen this Chinese dating show, this is the perfect place to start.
I watched part I the other day and it was equal parts awesome and cringeworthy – the exact mix that makes the show so compelling.
For the Australian special the majority of the 24-strong dating pool are ladies born in China who have moved to Australia for study or work opportunities, while a few moved here at a young age with their families and stumble endearingly with their Chinese. One contestant is actually Italian-Australian with no Chinese heritage, but she speaks fluent Mandarin (I’m guessing here – could be Cantonese) and describes herself as an egg: white on the outside but yellow on the inside. This statement is greeted with hilarity by the audience, as is a male contestant’s claim to be a banana (yellow on the outside and white on the inside).
In the first episode there are fun glimpses of Canberra being described as a small town, lots of kangaroos and ocean views and Sovereign Hill in Ballarat (one of the blokes leads Chinese-speaking tours there).
The first episode ends with the compelling story of two people who vaguely know each other through mutual friends in Perth. Will he pick the reserved girl from his adopted home town or go with someone more outgoing?
If you missed it, you can catch it on SBS On Demand http://www.sbs.com.au/ondemand/video/612884547555/if-you-are-the-one-australia-special-i-australian-special-i