Myanmar Idol season 2 to open auditions
AFTER the wild success of season one and the debut album, ‘Idol Acoustica’, Myanmar Idol does not skip a beat. Myanmar TV Network is gearing up to air season two of the popular singing competition.
Now, Myanmar Idol will reach far and wide to all aspiring singers who wish to have their voices heard (and judged). Auditions will be held in five of Myanmar’s biggest cities including the capital, Nay Pyi Taw (September 17-18), Mandalay (September 24-25), Taunggyi (October 1-2), Hpa-an (October 8-9), and finally Yangon (October 15-16).
A true consumer-run democracy, Myanmar Idol plans to allow viewers to cast their votes by using their mobile phones in 15 smaller cities that sit just outside of the five major ones.
“Last time, we received feedback from viewers that it is difficult for some people to get to the audition locations. They asked us to hold auditions in a few of the smaller cities. Now, we will allow mobile casting in Taungoo, Pyinmana and Meiktila…” Myanmar Idol’s executive producer Ko Andy Aung said, naming just a few of the fifteen new locations.
Mobile casting will also be available in Pyin Oo Lwyin, Sagaing, Kalaw, Shwe Nyaung, Hopone, Mawlamyine, Thaton, Pathein, Magwe, Pyay, Bago, and Thanlyin townships.
This season, renowned Myanmar pop star, May Sweet will return to judge along with two newcomers—U Thein Tan, who has worked in the music industry for more than 40 years, and Tin Zar Maw, one of the most famous female singers in Myanmar. Season one judges Ye Lay and Chan Chan, however, will not be returning for season two.
“I’m very excited and proud to be a part of this journey,” Tin Zar Maw said, “I will try my best to select the person who become Myanmar’s next superstar.”
After the most talented and promising singers are chosen on Thursdays, a select 10 of them will have the chance to perform live on Friday evenings. Auditions in major cities will broadcast on air on Myanmar Network TV.
So, do you have what it takes to become the next Saw Lar Htaw War?
If you can belt, sing vibrato, or bring tears of joy to a judge’s eyes, you can pick up a free application form in any of the Skynet RSP offices and submit it all the way up until the first day of auditions. Don’t worry if you miss an audition in your hometown – you can try out your arias or beat box in any of the cities Myanmar Idol is holding auditions.
New guest judges Thin Zar Maw (far left) and U Thein Tan (second from left) will join returning host Kyaw Htet Aung (third from left) for season two of Myanmar Idol.