The concept of IYATO is, in essence, 24 single ladies being 'wooed' by a series of male suitors. The male contestants appear onstage one at a time, and pitches his suitability as a boyfriend and describes what he is looking for in an ideal girl. 'A dating show' is what the public sees, although the executive producer says that it is, an essence, a talk show showcasing what the Chinese youth are thinking.
Fifi roped in her boy Thomas and KW to put together my application to join IYATO as a female contestant at her farewell dinner. The girls drafted my script, tidied my hair and Thomas recorded my 1-minute video describing why I want to join IYATO.
Right before the deadline, I stayed in on a Friday night to fill out the lengthy, very personal and badly designed application form.
|The braid that was not to be..|
Why do I say 'badly-designed'? Because one day, my friend texted me, what kind of guys do you like?
I'd replied with a screenshot of the 'Future Boyfriend' section my application form. After awhile he'd texted, 'Very tall.'
'High income earner also.'
Haha the only reason why it's so tall is because the answers on the form were capped, ie. my minimum height requirement is 170cm, but the options are 169cm - 173cm, 174cm - 178cm, etc. So I picked 179cm - 183cm.
To my surprise I made it to the interview round, and went to Intercontinental last Sunday, armed with the few episodes of IYATO I'd watched in preparation. There were other applicants filling out forms in the waiting room, and I was surprised by how.. not very attractive everybody was (all looked like some version of me, some slightly worse). It's a stark contrast to the beautiful Sydney girls out in the city.
After waiting for an hour, I was led to a screened-off area to meet the producer. She skimmed through my application (I haven't written Chinese in years!) then murmured questions like, 'You said you broke up with your ex because of XYZ, please elaborate.'
We briefly went through my 'ideal guy' - Asian, single lids, responsible.. then she suddenly stopped and said 'That's it for today, we'll email you next week if you are successful.'
Obviously, the one-week is up and I haven't been selected :'(
(That night I attended a forum at the University of Western Sydney, where the producer confirmed what my friends told me - the contestants should be distinctive and eloquent in order to carry the show. Guess my one-word answers didn't quite cut it.)
Still, it was an interesting experience, because there is nothing I enjoy more than talking about my failed relationships to a stranger with a camera in my face ;p
So I guess if I want to meet The One / go to Nanjing / Maldives, I'll have to do it some other way!