Dating show debate

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 18 April, 2012, 12:00am


The new TVB reality series Bride Wannabes has caused heated debate among students.

The 10-epsiode series debuted on Monday last week. It follows five single women searching for 'Mr Right', with help from life coaches and beauty experts.

In one episode of the series, a life coach called Winnie advises one of the contestants: 'When you keep your mouth sealed, you are Central. But when you start speaking, you are Mong Kok.'

Another coach, Santino, teaches the women that they should lean over at a 45-degree angle when they are chatting with a member of the opposite sex.

Shue Yan University student Dorothy Cheng Ling-yue, 22, said the reality series should not be taken seriously. 'Love isn't about looks, intelligence, tactics or family background,' she said.

'It cannot be measured and it certainly cannot be faked. If you stay true to what you think and are not intimidated by social values, you will not be affected by this show.'

University of Hong Kong student Karen Fong Pui-nga, 22, said the show reflected the reality that many young women are concerned about their looks and finding the right partner. She said TVB should run a male version of the reality series as well for the sake of fairness.

The show had an average of 26 rating points last week. That means an estimated 1.7 million viewers watched it when it aired.