I finally got to see the “spicy girls pronunciation class” (là mèi zhèngy?n b?n), which was lucky because the replay time was different than announced. The segment began about 1:15 p.m. on Sunday.
Here’s how it works. About half a dozen la mei strut out to the tune of “Dragostea Din Tei” (a.k.a. “The Numa Numa Dance”). The zhuyin fuhao and separate tone marks are affixed to cards attached to enormous, gloved hands. As they dance, the women occasionally flash the zhuyin at the contestant, who is supposed to figure out what the scrambled zhuyin spell out.
Now you see ‘em.
Now you don’t.
And, of course, what’s a Taiwan variety show without an overweight man in drag thrown in for comic effect?
Failure to read the word or phrase in question in time results in a throrough soaking — for the contestant, not that dancers, that is.