The women each stand behind a podium equipped with a button and a light before the first of the male "candidates" descends onstage by means of a circular elevator.The candidate attempts to impress the 24 women, who can register their disinterest in him at any time by turning off the light on their podium.A Melbourne man who woke from a coma speaking fluent Mandarin has found love on a Chinese dating show.Ben Mc Mahon met Sydney lawyer Feng Guo on If You Are The One during one of two special episodes featuring Australian contestants.If You Are The One is based on the format of Australian show Taken Out, which aired on the Ten Network in the late noughties.Each episode of the hit Chinese show starts with presenter Meng Fei welcoming "24 beautiful girls" who walk onstage two-by-two to the sound of upbeat pop music.The man is introduced to the women in a series of up to three videos, interspersed with onstage conversations mediated by the host.Shortly after returning to Australia in 2012 he was in a serious car accident and fell into a week-long coma."When I came out of that coma, the first words to come out of my mouth were in fluent Mandarin," he said.
He said for a short while his parents thought they might have to learn Mandarin."It was a big fright for them at the time," he said.
Mr Mc Mahon said the experience made him realise that Chinese was going to play a large part in his life."In Chinese there is an idiom that goes along the line of, 'from a tragedy comes something great'," he said."I really want to dedicate my life to forging better cultural communication and understanding between China, Australia and the rest of the world."Mr Mc Mahon said he had been following If You Are The One since the show began five years ago."I've always wanted to go on this show but it's never seemed to be the right time," he said.