At the beginning of last November, a Chinese teacher and colleague at my school sent me a message on We Chat (the Chinese near-equivalent of Whats App) asking if I was looking for a girlfriend in China.
There followed an application and an interview for a TV show.
I find myself crouching on a small, circular platform, clutching a microphone, breathing heavily and trying to listen to the voices of the hosts and the previous contestant, but understanding nothing.
I'm surrounded by scaffolding, cables and stage machinery, dimly illuminated by fluorescent lighting.
Competitors will try to win the heart of a fashion-conscious singleton by dressing them in the show, hosted by Matt Edmondson, who also came up with the idea for the programme.
In a genre where radio play dictates success for artists on the rise, this Canadian-born singer went where most wouldn't dare by speaking out against a Sacramento radio station that canceled her gig less than 24 hours before she was set to take the stage.
The first decree expelled over 4,000 civil servants, including 500 academics, the AP reported.
The second decree bands radio and TV programs that are about “finding friends and spouses.”Last month, Turkey deputy prime minister Numan Kurtulmus announced that the government was planning on outlawing dating shows.
The Turkish government issued two new decrees this weekend, including one that bans popular TV and radio dating programs, the Associated Press reported.
The country’s Official Gazette published the decrees late Saturday evening.