While all contestants must be fluent in Mandarin, according to Han, several non-Asian candidates have applied.
For Chinese contestants and their parents, such diversity might not be easy to take.
Ariel was also praised for her work in Tokyo Juliet (2004) as Lin Laisui with Wu Chun and Simon Yam.
In 2008, she reunited with Joe Cheng, her co-star for It Started With a Kiss and They Kiss Again, in Love or Bread.
Australian candidate Joe Sweeney left the show without a date when the woman he had chosen rejected him, saying her parents might not approve of a relationship with a foreigner.
After living in China for two years, Sweeney says her decision didn’t surprise him. “A recent British contestant — looking very British — was able to keep every Chinese female candidate interested in him at least in the first round,” Jing Han says.
Lin and her boyfriend have known each other for more than 10 years and started dating two years ago.
Although Lin has been studying in the UK while her boyfriend is working in the US, the two have maintained stable relationship.