Vietnam Idol for 2013–14
|Also known as||Thần Tượng Âm Nhạc|
|Created by||Simon Fuller|
|Presented by||Phan Anh (2010, 2013–)
Huy Khánh (2012–2013)
Nguyên Vũ (2007)
Thanh Thảo (2007–09)
Sỹ Luân (2008–09)
|Judges||Nguyễn Quang Dũng (2010–)
Trương Anh Quân (2013–)
Mỹ Tâm (2012–)
Nguyễn Quốc Trung (2010–2013)
Siu Black (2007–10)
Nguyễn Tuấn Khanh (2007)
Hà Hùng Dũng (2007)
Trần Mạnh Tuấn (2008–09)
Hồ Hoài Anh (2008–09)
Đặng Diễm Quỳnh (2010)
|Country of origin||Vietnam|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||110|
|Original channel||HTV (2007–09)
|Original run||May 23, 2007 – present|
Vietnam Idol (Thần tượng âm nhạc: Vietnam Idol or Thần tượng âm nhạc Việt Nam from season 5) is a Vietnamese reality television competition to find new solo singing talents. It is part of the Idol franchise; it originated from the reality program Pop Idol created by British entertainment executive Simon Fuller. The 2010 season is being produced by Vietnam Television (VTV6) and the BHD Pictures, replacing the joint-venture between Ho Chi Minh City Television and Dong Tay Promotion before.
Vietnam Idol was created based on the British show Pop Idol and U.S. show American Idol. The show debuted in 2007 in Vietnam, broadcast by Ho Chi Minh City Television under the production of Đông Tây Promotion. After two years active, the TV station and production company lost the license to produce a season to BHD Corp. and Vietnam Television. The show then under a name Thần tượng âm nhạc: Vietnam Idol, which only mentioned previously but not included in the title card. The show was renewed for a fifth season under a pure Vietnamese name regarding on regulation of Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism.
The show is currently in production with Anh Quân, Mỹ Tâm and Nguyễn Quang Dũng as judges and Phan Anh hosts after one season break. Former personnels are Siu Black, Quốc Trung, Diễm Quỳnh, Tuấn Khanh, Hà Dũng, Trần Mạnh Tuấn, Hồ Hoài Anh. Former MCs were Nguyên Vũ, Thanh Thảo, Sỹ Luân and Huy Khánh.
Series overview and season synopses
The first season of Vietnam Idol premiered on May 23, 2007 on HTV9. It was hosted by Thanh Thảo and Nguyên Vũ. The judges panel includes Siu Black, Tuấn Khanh and Hà Dũng. The grand finale was held on October 3, 2007 at Hòa Bình Theater with Phương Vy crowned the winner over Ngọc Ánh; Vy then sang her coronation song "Nụ cười và những ước mơ" (Smiles and Dreams) but did not release it as her single. Over 720,000 votes were counted for the finale and this has been the only season so far to announce the number of votes. Phương Vy, Ngọc Ánh, Thảo Trang, Trà My, Duy Khánh released their solo albums afterwards and enjoyed moderate success after the show.
Following the success of season one, it was confirmed by the producers that Vietnam Idol had been renewed for a second season with auditions would take place in June. However, the authorities subsequently postponed the contest until late July, early August, stating that there were many similar contests on HTV from then to the year’s end and the event was not suitable in the country’s current social and economic situation. As a result, auditions commenced a month later than the original schedule. The season premiered on September 3 on HTV7. Sỹ Luân replaced Nguyên Vũ in season 1 to co-host the show with Thanh Thảo. The judges panel welcomed Hồ Hoài Anh and Trần Mạnh Tuấn as two new judges along with the original judge from season one - Siu Black.
At the Grand Finale, Quốc Thiên was announced the winner, taking the title over Thanh Duy. The coronation song for season one "Nụ cười và những ước mơ" was used again for this season.
After the show took a one year break in 2009, it was renewed for a third season in 2010. Vietnam Television and BHD Pictures took over the production of the series from previous producers HTV and Đông Tây Promotion. While nearly 40,000 people signed up for the contest only 25,000 arrived to audition. This season followed the same structure as season 9 of American Idol, introducing "Save" option, inviting mentors for each round. The winner get a recording contract with BHD Entertainment instead of Music Faces Records as in the previous seasons. The semi-final and final rounds were filmed in BHD Pictures Studio and the grand finale took place in Lan Anh Music Center.
At the Grand Finale, Uyên Linh was announced the winner, taking the title over Mai Hương. Linh then performed the new coronation song called "Cảm ơn tình yêu" (Thanks for Love) and released the song as her debut single a week later.
Uyên Linh and Văn Mai Hương achieved significant media attention after the season ended. Both Linh and Hương have reached number one on Vietnamese Favorite Song chart.
It was officially confirmed that the show would return for the fourth season. Auditions will start in June, 2012. Siu Black ruled herself out of returning to judges' table only before the official press conference. On May 29, it was publicly unveiled the new judging panel, the new format and some changes. Mỹ Tâm replaced Siu Black, after her departure. Broadcast commenced on Friday, August 17 at 8PM slot, replacing The Amazing Race Vietnam.
Nguyễn Quang Dũng confirmed coming back for the fith season. Two new judges will soon be introduced.
The gameshow has come under intense criticism alleging voting irregularities and the lack of transparency in voting procedures. Major newspapers such as Thanh Nien and Tuoi Tre ran stories about votes for a contestant being counted for another contestant though there was no hard evidence to prove the allegation and the organisers maintained that the results cannot be manipulated. While the organizers maintain that allowing up to 500 votes per phone number and not publicly tallying votes are standard practices of all Idol shows, they have been accused of doing so to maximize profits at the expense of fairness. Furthermore, there were rumors about contestants' relationship with one of the judges and the PR manager of Vietnam Idol. A public auditor from the Singaporean auditing firm Paul Hooi & Co. was flown in to audit the vote counting process during the Grand Finale.
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- "Siu Black thôi làm giám khảo Vietnam Idol", VnExpress, by: Hoàng Dung, date: 2012-05-28.
- (Vietnamese) Hương Lan (September 22, 2007). "Chuyện lạ lùng trong nhắn tin bình chọn thí sinh Vietnam Idol: Chọn người này, tin "bay" sang người kia". Thanh Nien News. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- (Vietnamese) "Vietnam Idol: Vẫn chỉ là một cuộc chơi". Tuoi Tre. September 25, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- (Vietnamese) "Vietnam Idol - một chương trình không minh bạch". Thanh Nien News. September 23, 2007. Retrieved 2007-09-27.
- (Vietnamese) "Hậu trường Vietnam Idol và những điều chưa biết". IdolVietnam. September 23, 2009. Retrieved 2007-09-27.