Our YouTube competition show “Internet Icon” was the first webseries we premiered when we launched the YOMYOMF Network back in June and it was an immediate hit. And ever since the end of the first season in August, not a day goes by when we’re not asked when the show will be returning for a second season. Well, here’s our answer:
Yup, submissions for season 2 are now open and you can get all the details here. And why should you submit to be an “Internet Icon” contestant? Aside from the $10,000 prize, the development deal with YOMYOMF, the industry meetings and other goodies the winner will receive, this is a great opportunity for aspiring YouTubers and filmmakers alike to get their work seen. The first season of the show brought in over 10 million views and the top ten contestants saw their own subscriber base increase by an average of 522%.
So get your video in by the January 31 deadline. Check out the official press release below including the latest on our returning and new friends who’ll be joining us for this next go around. So if you’re at least 18 years of age, live in the U.S. or Canada and are capable of making a video of 30 seconds to 2 minutes in length, go here and submit!
And check out last year’s top ten contestants below in their latest video for YOMYOMF released this Christmas. Who knows? Next year, this could be you:
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. The grand prize includes a $10,000 cash prize, a yearlong development deal with YOMYOMF, and industry meetings. The series is produced by Andy Fickman’s Oops Doughnuts (the current hit comedy “Parental Guidance”), Bobby Smith Jr.’s Ashore Entertainment, Ryan Higa and The YOMYOMF Network (under the creative leadership of “Fast Five” director Justin Lin). To date, season 1 has over 10 million views, giving contestants enormous exposure to The YOMYOMF Network’s international audience.
The second season will premiere in the spring of 2013 and is open to contestants in the United States and Canada who are at least 18 years of age. The deadline to submit for ‘Icon’ Season 2 is Thursday, January 31, 2012 at 11:59 pm (PST). Video submissions must be between 30 seconds and 2 minutes long. Participants may submit their video entry as individuals, or as members of a team with a maximum of four people. Details: facebook.com/interneticonshow
YOMYOMF Network co-founder Ryan Higa and actress Christine Lakin (“Lovin’ Lakin”) are slated to return as judges, and have invited popular YouTube personality Timothy DeLaGhetto to join as a full-time judge. As in season 1, each episode will have an alternating guest judge seat. This season’s guest judges include YouTube stars SMOSH, JennaMarbles, Felicia Day, KassemG, KevJumba, The Fine Brothers, Phil DeFranco, Shane Dawson and more!
“We were pleasantly surprised by the caliber of talent we saw last year and I can only imagine it’ll even be better for this next round,” Ryan Higa said. “I’m also excited by the caliber of judges who’ll be joining us. These are the top personalities on YouTube and to have them all participating is unprecedented and very exciting.” Director Andy Fickman adds, “We were blown away by the success of Season 1 and are thrilled that YOMYOMF believes in the show as much as we do and are excited for Season 2, which will be bigger and better. The YouTube community truly is a birthplace for fresh, original and innovative voices. The future of entertainment is popping daily on YouTube, and Internet Icon is a chance to throw a spotlight on that emerging talent.”
Last season’s host, YouTube personality/YOMYOMF Network Co-Founder Chester See, will be returning, but is handing the hosting reigns over to 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 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.
Break a leg, everyone!