Chen Ling, Chinese owner of a start-up business in Japan, never imagined that she would appear on her home country's most popular dating show.

But Chen, 27, was selected as the first Chinese contestant living in Japan to appear on the Chinese cultural phenomenon "If You Are the One," after the show launched an application website in Japan last October for lonely hearts here in search of love.

It is the first time the show, filmed in China's old capital Nanjing and aired on Jiangsu Satellite TV, has come to Japan, although it is already popular in many other countries, including the United States, Britain, France, Italy, Australia and South Korea.