In the clip, the singles express their excitement at potentially finding their soulmate in the luxurious mansion. A male contestant adds, “It’s absolutely crazy, but I’ll do anything I can to find love."However, it seems not all goes according to plan for the romantic hopefuls.As seen in the clip, at least one proposal is rejected and many contestants appear visibly distraught throughout the series.
Tuesday brings great news for reality-TV junkies everywhere—or, at least, the ones who get Logo TV in their cable subscriptions. Consider some bygone reality dating shows that featured gay contestants, and you’ll quickly understand why this matters. umbrella know what it’s like to be rendered virtually invisible—or, perhaps worse, to only be seen through the lens of stereotypes ascribed to them by straight people.
In other words, it’s like any other dating show, but with gay contestants instead of straight ones.
As icky as that might sound, in a perverse way, you have to give the show credit.
At least it foregrounded a gay man trying to find love, instead of using gay men as humorous accessories—or potential roadblocks in the path of straight contestants.
But unlike David’s past TV appearances, isn’t an obscure program: It’s the most-watched dating show in the Chinese-speaking world.
When it premiered in 2010, it broke ratings records, boasting more than 50 million viewers.
My reality TV doppelgänger wears a slouchy hat and a pea coat.
In a soft-focus flashback, she wanders alone through a generic cityscape, accompanied by somber piano music.
American expats appearing on Chinese TV is not uncommon: As explained in a June 2012 episode of This American Life, seeing foreigners perform and do “silly” things on TV—speak Mandarin, wear traditional garb, dance—is novel and hugely popular.
I’d seen David before on a talk show whose bare-bones set resembled something you’d see on an American public-access channel.
The show revealed this secret toward the end: if the bachelor successfully selected a gay man as his match, he’d win money and a trip to New Zealand. But, oh no, ever the professional, the Duchess pulled off winning looks down the very end. And then, at that moment, you have to get dressed up and wear something fancy and be photographed by hundreds of people.