This was the sign I was about to emerge from a narrow tube onto the studio floor to blinding lights and the screams of the audience.
That was the worst part, but after one hour – intense and surreal in equal measure – it was over. Not many Westerners can say they've been on a Chinese TV show.
On the show, it looks as if I could speak fluent Chinese.
In reality, this was an effect created in the editing room, and nearly every question I was asked had to be either repeated or translated into English by one of the more experienced foreigners on the show.
To be honest, though, I was more nervous about speaking Chinese than anything!
In the week after the show was broadcast, I did get recognised and asked for photos a couple of times in the city centre.
But just the fact of being a foreigner in China can make you feel like a celebrity sometimes.