Suddenly the entire set starts to rotate around me and my insides begin to melt.
I feel like I'm trapped inside a Transformer which has just woken up.
Chinese dating is a serious business The English equivalent of the show, Take Me Out, is generally light-hearted and casual.
Successful 'couples' are whisked off to Tenerife or Cyprus for a date, which is filmed, and the result is shown on the next week's episode.
On the Chinese show, called If You Are The One, instead of filming successful contestants on a date, a sponsorship deal with a travel agency gives you an all-costs-paid (and TV-camera-free) four-day holiday in the Maldives, one of the world's leading honeymoon destinations.
How did an English Language Assistant from the UK working in China suddenly find himself before an audience of millions?
Robbie Stanley-Smith tells us what he discovered during his moment in the spotlight.
At the beginning of last November, a Chinese teacher and colleague at my school sent me a message on We Chat (the Chinese near-equivalent of Whats App) asking if I was looking for a girlfriend in China.
There followed an application and an interview for a TV show.
Little did I know what I was letting myself in for.
Conquering nerves is rewarding It's six weeks later.
I find myself crouching on a small, circular platform, clutching a microphone, breathing heavily and trying to listen to the voices of the hosts and the previous contestant, but understanding nothing.
I'm surrounded by scaffolding, cables and stage machinery, dimly illuminated by fluorescent lighting.