Wang said that the show is a window into Chinese society at large, and that through it, "you can tell what China is thinking about and chasing after. While most of the contestants are in their twenties, there have been instances of male contestants as old as 48 appearing on the show.
If You Are the One experienced great popularity in its first broadcast because of its unique approach to dating and the conversations that are often humorous with friendly insults. The show sought to 'stretch the limits' of what could be discussed on Chinese television. Unlike Taken Out, If You Are the One does not rely on audience participation, use of catchphrases and physical attractiveness among male contestants.
During this phase several contestants earned notoriety and became internet sensations. Female contestant Ma Nuo became a media interest after her controversial remarks to a male contestant that she would " prefer to cry in a BMW " than laugh riding on the back of a bicycle. There have been three different male contestants who have lost the show in the beginning when the female contestants first study the male. Both controversial contestants were some of the most-talked-about people in Chinese entertainment.
In addition, concerns were raised that some of the contestants on the show were not who they said they were, and that the TV station was 'planting' contestants to make controversial remarks to increase ratings.
Chinese authorities looked upon the show unfavourably, asserting that it was spreading the 'wrong values'. State media editorialized against the show on television, in print, and online. From that point forward, Fei Cheng Wu Rao was to curb mentions of financial wealth and sex, and a third host was added: Also omitted is the 'final opinions' on a departing male contestant from the women; previously this part of the show was especially prone to pointed insults and ridicule.
Moreover, the original reel of the show must undergo heavy editing before airing depending on length and number of contestants present. Between November 19 to December 10, , a series of specials titled "1vs24" was aired where the roles of the genders were reversed with 24 Males taking to the podiums to face a single woman.
The gameplay of the special episodes was the same as the normal episodes. On December 31, , the Guangdong High Court overturned the decision on appeal by ruling that "Fei Cheng Wu Rao" did not infringe on another individual's copyrights and therefore the producers changed the name of the show back to "Fei Cheng Wu Rao"  Main article: Jiangsu Television announced that the final episode of If You Are The One in the original format had aired on March 25 with the filming of shows suspended since January, announcing a temporary suspension of the show as it undergoes reformatting for a relaunch late in May.
Meng Fei will continue as host of the revised format of the show. The revised version was first aired on May 13, The women face a single man, who chooses one of them as his "heartbeat girl" simplified Chinese: His choice of "heartbeat girl" is initially known only to himself and the host of the programme - although there has been one instance where this has been revealed soon after. The single man uses two or three video clips to reveal some personal information such as occupation, interests, love history and friends' opinions.
During each video clip, each of the women decides whether or not he is still "date-worthy" in her opinion by keeping her light on or turning it off. The contestants, psychologists and host frequently exchange banter with each other when video clips aren't being shown. If, after all the videos have been played, there are more than two girls still with lights on, the man goes and turns off some of those lights, choosing only two of the remaining girls to come up on stage as finalists.
After that, the identity of the man's "heartbeat girl" is revealed. She too is invited onto the stage if not already there as a finalist. A new procedural option simplified Chinese: It can be activated only once per round, and is heralded by a "smashing" sound cue, followed by a show of pulsating hearts, along with the number of the woman who "burst the light", on display screens around the studio. It is essentially the opposite of turning the podium light off; instead, a woman who "bursts the light" is choosing to signal her interest in the man demonstratively rather than just passively leaving her light on.
If a woman has activated the "burst light", her light cannot be turned off; instead, her light changes to a pulsating heart display, and she is guaranteed a place as a finalist at the end of the round. If a woman has activated the "burst light", she is now invited onto the stage as a finalist.
Thus, there can end up being two, three or four women on the stage as finalists. The man puts to the finalists a question that he chooses from a set menu of queries. Following that, he can put to the finalists an original question of his own. After that, if one of the finalists had "burst the light", she is given an opportunity to explain her interest in the man and why she should be chosen.
If the man elects to take one of the finalists who had shown interest in him i. The man may insist on his "heartbeat girl" even if she had turned her light off.
In that case, the other finalists are dismissed back to their podiums, and the man is given an opportunity to win his "heartbeat girl" over. She may accept him as her date and depart with him, or reject him and return to her podium. Occasionally, a man elects to choose none of the finalists and to depart alone. The post-game interview appears with the man alone, or with him and his chosen girl if he is "successful".