We launched the YOMYOMF Network last year with the YouTube reality show Internet Icon as our tent pole program to huge success (10 million+ views and counting) so it’s a no-brainer that we would bring it back in a bigger and better way to officially launch our second year of programming.
So for all of you who’ve been asking, “When is Internet Icon coming back?” You only need to wait a few short weeks until May 21 when it will premiere as part of YouTube’s Comedy Week celebration. And you’ll be able to watch every Tuesday and Thursdays until the finale which will be livestreamed before a studio audience on July 27 from the new YouTube production facility in Playa Vista, California. And yes, if you want to attend the finale in person, watch the show for details.
So catch up on season 1 here and check out all the info below and we’ll see you on May 21!
After a successful first season, The YOMYOMF Network is set to premiere the second season of the YouTube talent competition series “Internet Icon” starring YouTube sensation, Ryan Higa, on May 21. The series is produced by Andy Fickman and Betsy Sullenger’s Oops Doughnuts (the hit comedy “Parental Guidance”), Bobby Smith Jr.’s Ashore Entertainment, Ryan Higa and The YOMYOMF Network (under the creative leadership of “Fast & Furious 6” director Justin Lin). To date, season 1 has over 10 million views, giving contestants enormous exposure to the network’s international audience.
The second season will premiere on May 21 and air Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8PM EST on the YOMYOMF Network. Ten finalists will be selected by the judges from thousands of submissions from all over the U.S. and Canada and compete in video-making challenges with one contestant eliminated every week. The winning “Internet Icon” will be crowned at the finale, which will stream live from YouTube’s new production facility in Playa Vista, California on July 27. Viewers will once again have the opportunity to vote for the winner, but this season, they will also be able to pick their “fan favorite” who will also be announced at the finale. The fan favorite will be allowed to automatically return and participate in season three as a top ten finalist.
“Season Two truly is bigger and better,” said producer Andy Fickman. “We were thrilled with the sheer amount of talent that entered and can’t wait for the YouTube community to begin to experience the excitement we felt daily while filming!”
YOMYOMF Network co-founder Ryan Higa and actress Christine Lakin (“Lovin’ Lakin”) will return as full-time judges, and will be joined by popular YouTube personality Timothy DeLaGhetto in the third seat. As in season one, each episode will have an alternating guest judge seat. This season’s guest judges are some of the biggest names on YouTube: SMOSH, JennaMarbles, PewDiePie, iJustine, KassemG, The Fine Brothers, Phil DeFranco, Shane Dawson and Wong Fu! Another popular YouTuber and YOMYOMF Network Co-Founder, KevJumba, will be making an appearance as a guest mentor and several of season one’s favorite contestants will also appear in various capacities throughout the season.
“We had some great contestants in season one so I was concerned that the quality might dip in season two, but the exact opposite happened,” Ryan Higa said. “It was close to impossible to narrow down to ten finalists because there was so much talent and it got even tougher from there. I think viewers will be blown away by the contestants.”
Taking over the hosting reigns from last season’s host, YouTube personality/YOMYOMF Network Co-Founder Chester See is season 1 winner Chris Riedell. Chris’ brother Nick Riedell will also act as a mentor to the contestants. This winning duo known as The Brothers Riedell have increased their fans and subscriber numbers tenfold since “Internet Icon”, starting at less than 10,000 subscribers and now with over 100,000 subscribers! In fact, last season’s top 10 contestants saw their subscriber base increase by an average of 522%.
A part of YouTube’s original channels venture, the YOMYOMF Network (youtube.com/YOMYOMF) provides a mix of high-quality scripted and unscripted content across all genres. Inspired by the Asian American entertainment blog YouOffendMeYouOffendMyFamily, the network is home to top talent from both Hollywood and the digital world. The network was founded by Justin Lin, Ryan Higa, Kevin Wu, Chester See, Abdul Khan, Philip W. Chung, Salvador Gatdula, Cash Warren and Baron Davis.