Suddenly the entire set starts to rotate around me and my insides begin to melt.
The most important conditions are usually whether the man owns a car and a flat, which were always specified on the contestants' online profiles.
What it feels like to be a star On the show, I got a taste of real showbiz: having my hair and make-up done, being on stage with a mic, and playing cello and table tennis in front of an audience of millions.
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.
How did an English Language Assistant from the UK working in China suddenly find himself before an audience of millions?
Robbie Stanley-Smith tells us what he discovered during his moment in the spotlight.
Even the name of the show in Chinese 非诚勿扰 (Fēi chéng wù rǎo), emphasises the cultural difference – the phrase actually means ‘serious inquiries only’.
Just how good my Chinese is (or isn't) Part of my motivation for becoming a British Council Language Assistant was to learn Chinese.
To be honest, though, I was more nervous about speaking Chinese than anything!