La Academia’s (The Academy)winner was crowned last night. The live final took place in Chiapas. The three finalists: Napoleon Robleto 23 from Guatemala, 15 year old Giovana Paz =Mexico, & Sebastián Martingaste 26 from Argentina. Big excitement and a grandiose competition was anticipated as the climax built after the exciting semi final during the previous week. The semi-final was a battle down to the wire during a special concert in which the contestants flew to Guatemala for their performance. As for the final: When all was said & done, it was none other than the baby of the group Miss Giovana who was left standing as 2009’s La Academia Champion.
What’s “La Academia’? Well, it’s kinda like American Idol meets Big Brother meets… a whole bunch of others stuff. =) You really have to watch to truly experience the full effect. The show has garnered many fans & has gained popularity both in Mexico & Abroad. The premise of the show: contestants battle it out in weekly singing duels & are also judge on group performances in order to win the honor of being launched as up & coming artists. They compete for: a singing contract, the release of their debut CD, prize money , national & international recognition, among other prizes. As t hey show goes along the different competitors gain fans and it’s pretty interesting to see it each following grow some fan base growth becomes a total phenomenon. La Academia though based in Mexico, opens it’s doors to international contestants and those who have joined include: contestents from the U.S. , Central & South America & even some European contestants.
The contestants once past auditions, & having been selected are assigned to live & study at the academy. Thy are given super star makeovers, vocal, dance, physical training, and instruction by professionals on the basics of stardom & the industry: how to carry & represent themselves as superstars in the media & publics eye. Basically it’s like super star boot camp. It was an unpredictable thrill ride for the students of “La Academia” as the contest brought them new, exciting ,and unexpected experiences. Besides being able to have private voice, dance teachers, stylists, they were able to travel, meet & mingle with many celebrities , including those who served as judges.
While at the academy they were surprised with several visits by secret celebrity guests who offered them warm & friendly advice & spent time hanging out with them. They also took part in various fun activities that helped them bond as a group and provided for adventures such : as being able to take boxing lesson from a pro, get cooking lessons from star chefs & & participating in their own high end runway show to celebrate fashion week with help form big names in the fashion world. The show has been going on for quite a few seasons now & has become a very successful franchise. For more info, picture, vids , interviews , message boards & much more feel free to visit: http://www.tvazteca.com/laacademia/index
HOSTS : INGRID CORONADO Y RAFAEL ARANEDA
Giovana named the Winner
There was heavy rain during the Final.
The Academia teachers supporting their students.
They winner, 15 yr old Miss Giovanna Paz sang her heart out!
Of course it wouldn’t be a reality program with out drama.
Students during step class.
La Academia Fashion Show
students during ballet class.
students during dance lessons.
It wasn’t all work & no play though, for the contestants had fun times, made plenty of friends & lasting memories. Shown here: student celebrated on of their friend & cast members’ birthday.
The excitement of all backstage & all it’s magic.
Visit to “La Academia” by Daddy Yankee
photo source: yahoo mexico & tvatzeca.com