(From left) Jennylyn Mercado, Dingdong Dantes and Carla Abellana will be part of GMA-7's new reality show, Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.


Protégé--GMA Network's all-original talent search--is back with an exciting twist. 

Beginning this Saturday, May 26, Protégé opens its doors to all artista aspirants who want to bare their dreams in the biggest platform to stardom via Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break.
 

Another premium creation of the GMA Entertainment TV Group, Protégé aims to discover fresh and promising talents all over the archipelago who will soon become the Kapuso Network's next batch of television sensations.
 

The competition is open to all male and female Filipinos, 13-21 years old, with a unique and striking personality, compelling story to tell, immense likeability factor, and with "artista" looks. Filipinos who are born and/or currently residing abroad are also encouraged to join the artista search provided they must go to the key venues on the respective audition dates with the complete requirements.
 

The nationwide auditions will be held on the following dates and venues: SM Naga (May 26); SM Baguio (May 26); SM San Pablo (May 26); SM Bacolod (June 1); SM Cagayan de Oro (June 1); SM Iloilo (June 2);  SM Davao (June 2); SM Cebu (June 7); Capitol Grounds, Laoag, Ilocos Norte (June 9); SM Sucat (June 10); SM Batangas (June 14); SM Pampanga (June 16) and SM Mall of Asia (June 20 and 21).  Auditions will be from 10am - 6pm.
 

Aspirants need to bring the original and photocopy of their birth certificate and two recent photos (1 close-up and 1 full body shot).  Those who are below 18 years will also need a written consent from their parents together with the original and photocopy of their parent's valid ID in order to qualify for the auditions.
 

Interested applicants can also visit the website www.gmanetwork.com for more information on the audition dates and requirements. 
 

They need to prepare at least two 2-minute performances for the audition (sing, dance, rap, beat box, act, play musical instruments, or any extraordinary performances). Contenders are encouraged to be in their most impressive outfits.
 

Protégé: The Battle for the Big Artista Break will be hosted by Dingdong Dantes as the Gala Presenter and Carla Abellana as the Journey Host. Jennylyn Mercado returns as the host of Inside Protégé while Maxene Magalona is the Web Jock for the daily updates in Protégé Webisodes.