Vietnam Idol (season 3)

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Vietnam Idol
Season 3
Broadcast from August 21 – December 25, 2010
Judges Siu Black
Nguyễn Quang Dũng
Quốc Trung
Đặng Diễm Quỳnh
Host(s) Phan Anh
Broadcaster VTV
Finals venue Lan Anh Music Center
Uyên Linh
Uyen Linh Singer.jpg
Origin Ho Chi Minh city
Song "Cảm ơn tình yêu"
Văn Mai Hương

The third season of Vietnam Idol premiered on VTV6 on August 21, 2010. There are two episodes every Tuesday and Saturday together with a daily five-minute news. This season features a new option for the judges is to "save" a contestant from elimination. This, however, was not used this season.

Trần Nguyễn Uyên Linh was announced to be the third winner of Vietnam Idol, she received $20,000 in cash and a recording contract[1]


Following a break in production, it was confirmed that the show has been renewed for 2010. The new season will adopt a new structure, with changes to broadcasting and production. The broadcasting stations were changed from HTV (Ho Chi Minh City Television) to VTV6 - a cable channel targeted at young audiences of VTV (Vietnam Television) [2] The producer company of the first 2 seasons, Dong Tay Promotion, will be replaced by BHD Pictures.[2] Siu Black remains on the judging panel but will be joined by two new judges, Quốc Trung and Nguyễn Quang Dũng. Phan Anh will also take over as the host of the contest.[3][4]

Audition round[edit]

Initial audition for season 3 of Vietnam Idol at Vietnam National Convention Center, Hanoi.
Air Date Audion Region First Audition Date Call-Back Audition Date Venue Golden Tickets
August 21, 2010 Hanoi July 3–5, 2010 July 6–7, 2010 National Convention Center 37
August 28, 2010 Danang June 27, 2010 June 28–29, 2010 Life Resort 9
Can Tho July 13, 2010 July 14–15, 2010 Palace Cần Thơ Hotel 7
September 4, 2010 Ho Chi Minh City July 21–23, 2010 July 23–25, 2010 Crescent Plaza 43
Total Tickets to Ho Chi Minh City 96

Auditions were also held in Central Highlands and North regions.[5]

One hundred contestants will advance from this round and into the Knock Out Round.

HCMC week[edit]

The first day of the week featured ninety-six contestants (but actually ninety-three were present at that time) advanced from the audition round. After the first elimination, forty-eight remained and then split up into 12 groups of four. Twenty-four made it into the final round in which judges revealed who were the semi-finalists.


The semi-finals takes place over three weeks, with the results announced the following Tuesday. During the first two weeks, sixteen contestants are split and perform by gender. Only four of them will be given a bye to the Top 10, while the remaining 10 contestants compete in the last semi-final round for a spot in the finals. During this whole process, judges have the right to let their five favorite contestants be finalists.

Top 16[edit]

Order Males Females
Contestant Song (composer) Result Contestant Song (composer) Result
1 Lân Nhã "Ly cà phê ban mê" (Nguyễn Cường) Wildcard Mai Hương "Nắng chờ" (Anh Minh) Wildcard
2 Y Jalin "Lang Biang S'Ning" (Karajan K'Plin & Karajan Dick) Eliminated Thu Trang "Anh" (Xuân Phương) Eliminated
3 Văn Thắng "Bông hồng thủy tinh" (Trần Lập) Wildcard Nguyễn T. Phương Anh "Từ khi em đến" (Võ Thiện Thanh) Wildcard
4 Đăng Khoa "Phố cổ" (Nguyễn Duy Hùng) Top 10 Minh Nguyệt "Ngựa ô thương nhớ" (Trần Tiến) Bottom
5 Trung Quân "Lại gần bên em" (Anh Quân & Huy Tuấn) Wildcard Bích Phương "Đêm cô đơn" (Trung Kiên) Bottom
6 Đức Anh "Bất chợt một tình yêu" (Nguyễn Đức Cường) Top 10 Uyên Linh "Với anh" (Hồ Hoài Anh) Top 10
7 Vương Linh "Em về tinh khôi" (Quốc Bảo) Wildcard Phương Ly "Những ngày thứ bảy trong năm" (Nguyễn Duy Hùng) Wildcard
8 Văn Viết "Đôi chân trần" (Y Phôn K'Sor) Bottom Lều Phương Anh "Chỉ có thể là tình yêu" (Phương Uyên) Top 10


Order Contestant Song (composer) Result
1 Vương Linh Gánh hàng rong (Lê Quốc Dũng) Top 10
2 Minh Nguyệt "Tình 2000"(Võ Thiện Thanh) Eliminated
3 Văn Thắng "Mắt đen" (Trần Lập) Eliminated
4 Văn Viết "Đi tìm bóng núi" (An Thuyên) Eliminated
5 Phương Ly "Nhạc khúc tình yêu" (Kỳ Phương) Eliminated
6 Nguyễn T. Phương Anh "Không làm khác được" (Lương Bằng Quang) Top 10
7 Trung Quân "Bài ca tình yêu" (Thành Vương) Top 10
8 Bích Phương "Chuyện tình" (Anh Quân) Top 10
9 Lân Nhã "Bóng mưa" (Hồ Hoài Anh) Top 10
10 Mai Hương "Cánh buồm phiêu du" (Sơn Thạch) Top 10


The finals began two weeks after the semi-finals had concluded. Journalist Đặng Diễm Quỳnh is added to the judging panel at the start of the finals.

Each week the finalist perform live on stage to a television audience. The contestant receiving the least viewers' votes are eliminated from the competition. Introduced for the first time this season is the ability of the judges to collectively override the voters' decision once, if they deem that a contestant has been voted-out prematurely. However, this results in two contestants eliminated the following week instead of one.

Top 10 – Random choices[edit]

Mentor: Phương Vy
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Đăng Khoa "Anh trôi về em" Bottom 3
2 Nguyễn T. Phương Anh "Chơi vơi tôi ru tôi" Eliminated
3 Lân Nhã "Buồn ơi chào mi" Safe
4 Bích Phương "Hôm nay anh đến" Safe
5 Trung Quân "Căn gác trống" Safe
6 Vương Linh "Người đến bên tôi" Safe
7 Lều Phương Anh "Tìm lại giấc mơ" Safe
8 Đức Anh "Anh muốn" Bottom 3
9 Mai Hương "Khoảng trời của bé" Safe
10 Uyên Linh "Những lời buồn" Safe

Top 9 – Pop/Rock[edit]

Mentor: Phương Thanh
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Trung Quân "Đừng khóc và đừng hứa" Safe
2 Vương Linh "Khúc mưa" Eliminated
3 Bích Phương "Với anh" Bottom 3
4 Lân Nhã "Thế thôi" Safe
5 Uyên Linh "Mùa đông sẽ qua" Safe
6 Đức Anh "Ngủ say nhé" Safe
7 Lều Phương Anh "Em không khóc" Bottom 3
8 Đăng Khoa "Có một chút" Safe
9 Mai Hương "Thu tình yêu" Safe

Top 8 – R&B/Hip-hop/Dance[edit]

Mentor: Hồ Ngọc Hà
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Lều Phương Anh "Giận Anh" Safe
2 Đức Anh "Khúc mưa" Bottom 3
3 Bích Phương "Yêu" Bottom 3
4 Đăng Khoa "Lột xác" Safe
5 Mai Hương "Trôi trong gương" Safe
6 Lân Nhã "Độc bước" Safe
7 Trung Quân "Đôi mắt" Eliminated
8 Uyên Linh "Lời của ánh mắt" Safe

Top 7 – International music[edit]

Mentor: Thanh Bùi
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Bích Phương "From Sarah with Love" Eliminated
2 Uyên Linh "Fallin'" Safe
3 Lân Nhã "Apologize" Bottom 3
4 Lều Phương Anh "How Do I Live" Safe
5 Đức Anh "Say It Right" Bottom 3
6 Mai Hương "I Have Nothing" Safe
7 Đăng Khoa "Somewhere Over The Rainbow" Safe

Top 6 – Unforgettable songs[edit]

Mentor: Cẩm Vân
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Đức Anh "Điệp khúc tình yêu" Eliminated
2 Mai Hương "Nơi em gặp anh" Bottom 3
3 Đăng Khoa "Mặt trời bé con" Safe
4 Uyên Linh "Khát vọng" Bottom 3
5 Lân Nhã "Hồ trên núi" Safe
6 Lều Phương Anh "Em vẫn đợi anh về" Safe

Top 5 – Diva night[edit]

Mentor: Mỹ Linh
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Uyên Linh "Trở lại tuổi thơ" Eliminated1
2 Lân Nhã "Một mình" Bottom 3
3 Đăng Khoa "Ngày không mưa" Withdrew
4 Lều Phương Anh "Cho em một ngày" Bottom 3
5 Mai Hương "Một ngày mới" Safe

Top 4 – Duets[edit]

Mentor: Thanh Lam
Result: Lân Nhã was eliminated
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Uyên Linh and Mai Hương "Anh mãi là" Safe
2 Lân Nhã and Lều Phương Anh "Tôi và em" Lân Nhã eliminated
3 Mai Hương and Lều Phương Anh "Một ngày mới sang" Safe
4 Uyên Linh and Lân Nhã "Phút giây ngọt ngào" Lân Nhã eliminated

Top 3 – Judges' choice[edit]

Mentor: Siu Black
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Uyên Linh "Chỉ là giấc mơ" Safe
2 Lều Phương Anh "Cô gái đến từ hôm qua" Eliminated
3 Mai Hương "Hãy cho em gần bên anh" Safe
4 Uyên Linh "Đường cong" Safe
5 Lều Phương Anh "Những khi ta buồn" Eliminated
6 Mai Hương "I Love Music" Safe

Finale – Contestant's choice, International music & Winner's single[edit]

Mentor: Hồng Nhung and Mỹ Linh
Order Contestant Song Result
1 Mai Hương "Trái tim âm nhạc" Runner-up
2 Uyên Linh "Sao chẳng về với em" Winner
3 Mai Hương "Hot n Cold" Runner-up
4 Uyên Linh "Take Me to the River" Winner
5 Mai Hương "Cảm ơn tình yêu" (winner's song) Runner-up
6 Uyên Linh "Cảm ơn tình yêu" (winner's song) Winner

Grand Finale[edit]

The grand finale took place in Lan Anh Music Center. 2500 tickets out of over 3000 are invitational; therefore, some tickets left were scalped up to 500,000 to 700,000 VND each.[6] The show started at 9 pm (local time) and were broadcast live on VTV3, VTV6, VTV9, YanTV and several local TV stations. Hồng Nhung and Mỹ Linh, previously mentors on the show, performed with the two finalists – Mai Hương and Uyên Linh. The show's judge Siu Black performed together with Nguyễn Thị Phương Anh. Phan Anh announced the winner of the season was Trần Nguyễn Uyên Linh from Ho Chi Minh city. Linh then performed the winning song Cảm ơn tình yêu.

Musical Performances[edit]

  1. "Bèo dạt mây trôi" – AnB Group
  2. "Giấc mơ Chapi" – Du Mục band
  3. "Những nụ hôn rực rỡ" – Male Finalists
  4. "Cô gái tự tin" – Female Finalists
  5. "Hoa nắng" – Top 10 (excluding Mai Hương and Uyên Linh)
  6. "Đừng ngồi trong bóng đêm" – Mai Hương
  7. "Giấc mơ nào với tôi" – Uyên Linh
  8. "Dại khờ" – Đức Anh and Đăng Khoa
  9. "Phút giây ngọt ngào" – Lân Nhã and Lều Phương Anh
  10. "Ly cafe ban mê" – Lân Nhã
  11. "Căn gác trống" – Trung Quân
  12. "Khao khát môi hồng" – Nguyễn Thị Phương Anh and Siu Black
  13. "Đêm tình nhân" – Vương Linh and Bích Phương
  14. "Một ngày mới" – Mai Hương and Hồng Nhung
  15. "I Believe I Can Fly" – Uyên Linh and Mỹ Linh
  16. "Anh mãi là" – Uyên Linh and Mai Hương
  17. "Cảm ơn tình yêu" – Uyên Linh (later joined by the rest of top 10)

Elimination chart[edit]

Female Male Top 10 Top 16
Safe Safe First Safe Last Eliminated Withdrew
Stage: Semi-Finals Finals
Week: 09/27 10/04 10/11 10/25 11/01 11/08 11/15 11/22 11/29 12/06 12/13 12/24
Place Contestant Result
1 Trần Nguyễn Uyên Linh Top 10 Btm3 Elim1 Winner
2 Văn Mai Hương Top 10 Btm3 Runner-Up
3 Lều Phương Anh Top 10 Btm3 Btm3 Elim
4 Trần Lân Nhã Top 10 Btm3 Btm3 Elim
5 Nguyễn Tấn Đăng Khoa Top 10 Btm3 WD1
6 Lê Đức Anh Top 10 Btm3 Btm3 Btm3 Elim
7 Bùi Thị Bích Phương Btm 3 Top 10 Btm3 Btm3 Elim
8 Bùi Nguyễn Trung Quân Top 10 Elim
9 Đinh Vương Linh Top 10 Elim
10 Nguyễn Thị Phương Anh Top 10 Elim
11–14 Trần Phương Ly Elim
Hà Minh Nguyệt Btm 2
Nguyễn Văn Thắng
Nguyễn Văn Viết Btm 2
15–16 Nguyễn Thị Thu Trang Elim
Y Jalin Ayun Elim

1 The official results had Uyên Linh eliminated from the show. However, Đăng Khoa, who was safe in this round, announced that he preferred to withdraw from the competition in her stead. This followed controversy from a released surreptitious recording of a conversation involving eliminated finalist Đức Anh insulting fellow eliminated contestants, judges, the media, and others. The fifteen-minute audio was first released onto the internet forums, and subsequently released onto websites like YouTube. Đăng Khoa has admitted to being the one who did the recording but has denied being the one who released the audio. On behalf of the Executive Producers and Judges of Vietnam Idol, Diễm Quỳnh accepted Khoa's request to withdraw; therefore, Uyên Linh was saved from elimination at the last moment and did not have to perform her exit song.


Years Recording Artist Informations
2010 Trung Quân Quân Cartoon is Coming To Town
  • Released: December 22, 2011
  • Recording Label:
2011 Bích Phương
(and Minh Hằng)
Ơ Hay
  • Released: 2011
  • Recording Label: Music Faces
2011 Văn Mai Hương Hãy Mỉm Cười
  • Released: December 21, 2011
  • Recording Label:
2011 Uyên Linh Giấc mơ tôi
  • Released: February 7, 2012
  • Recording Label: BHD Entertainment

Compilation album[edit]

This was the first season to produce a compilation album. All the tracks from the album were recorded in studio after the season ends.

Vietnam Idol 2010
Compilation album by Various Artists
Released January 2, 2011
Recorded 2010
Genre Pop
Length 40:28
Label BHD Film
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Cảm Ơn Tình Yêu" Uyên Linh 4:29
2. "Trôi Trong Gương" Mai Hương 3:10
3. "Chỉ Có Thể Là Tình Yêu" Lều Phương Anh 4:23
4. "Độc Bước" Lân Nhã 3:35
5. "Có Một Chút" Đăng Khoa 4:25
6. "Bất Chợt Một Tình Yêu" Đức Anh 3:29
7. "Những Giấc Mơ Dài" Bích Phương 4:57
8. "Căn Gác Trống" Trung Quân 3:48
9. "Rồi Ngày Mai Sẽ Đến" Vương Linh 3:44
10. "Không Làm Khác Được" Nguyễn T. Phương Anh 4:28

Result show performances[edit]

Week Performer(s) Title
Top 10 Phương Vy "Nụ cười và những ước mơ"
Top 9 Phương Thanh and UnlimiteD "Đừng nhìn lại"
Top 8 Hồ Ngọc Hà "Thức tỉnh"
Top 7 Thanh Bui "U & I"
Top 6 Cẩm Vân "Khát vọng"
Top 5 Mỹ Linh "Để mãi được gần anh"
Top 4 Thanh Lam "Gọi anh"
Top 3 Mai Hương
Lều Phương Anh
Uyên Linh
"Trót yêu anh rồi"

Cảm ơn tình yêu Live Show[edit]

Cảm ơn tình yêu Live Show was a concert featuring all of the season 3 finalists, except for Lều Phương Anh with personal reasons. The show was produced by Huy Tuấn, who was also the musical director of Vietnam Idol this season, and was sponsored by MobiFone. The concert was held in Hanoi on January 23, 2011.


Uyên Linh (Winner) Mai Hương (2nd place) Lân Nhã (4th place)
Đăng Khoa (5th place) Đức Anh (6th place) Bích Phương (7th)
Trung Quân (8th place) Vương Linh (9th place) Phương Anh (10th place)


  • Lân Nhã, Trung Quân, Phương Anh, Bích Phương, Vương Linh, Đức Anh and Đăng Khoa —- "Những nụ hôn rụ rỡ" (from the same name movie) and "Hoa nắng"
  • Đức Anh —- "Bất chợt một tình yêu" (Nguyễn Đức Cường)
  • Đăng Khoa —- "Dòng thời gian" (Nguyễn Hải Phong)
  • Vương Linh & Bích Phương —- "Đêm tình nhân" (Phương Uyên & Lê Minh)
  • Lân Nhã —- "Bóng mưa" (Hà Anh Tuấn)
  • Lân Nhã & Phương Anh —- "Khúc giao mùa" (Mỹ Linh)
  • Trung Quân featuring Thái Sơn (Top 24) —- "Bèo dạt mây trôi"
  • Trung Quân —- "Căn gác trống" (Ưng Hoàng Phúc)
  • Trung Quân & Mai Hương —- "Hồ Gươm sáng sớm" (Hoàng Hải)
  • Mai Hương —- "Đừng ngồi yên trong bóng đêm" (from Giải cứu thần chết) and "Cánh buồm phiêu du" (Hồ Quỳnh Hương)
  • Uyên Linh —- "Giận anh" (Phương Vy), "Take Me to the River" (Al Green), "Chỉ là giấc mơ" (Thanh Lam),
  • Uyên Linh & Mai Hương —- "Anh mãi là" (Lưu Hương Giang)
  • Uyên Linh & other performers —- "Cảm ơn tình yêu" (winning song)


External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Lê Việt Anh
with "Mây"
Vietnam in the ABU TV Song Festival
Văn Mai Hương
with "Là anh đó"
Ngũ Cung
with "Cao nguyên đá"
Succeeded by
[to be determined]