For Mandopop wannabes hoping for a showcase of their singing talent, the eight-year wait is finally over.

Channel U's Chinese reality TV singing competition, Project Superstar, is back for its third season.

The contest, which debuted in 2005, is open to contestants of all ages and nationalities. Unlike the previous two seasons, groups were allowed to audition for the first time this year.

Last Saturday at the UE Convention Centre, the 12 finalists - six women and six men - were chosen from the initial 200 who auditioned.

Project Superstar 2014 will premiere on Channel U on Aug 18 and will be shown every Monday at 8pm.

It is hosted by Dasmond Koh, Shane Pow and Jeremy Chan. The judges this season are former singer Dawn Yip, and composer-producers Roy Loi and Eric Ng.

The winner of the contest will be offered a MediaCorp contract and cash prize of an amount yet to be finalised.