Desafio de Estrellas

La Academia Erasmo Catarino Adrián Varela
Desafío de Estrellas
Desafio de Estrellas title logo.jpg
Desafio de Estrellas 2006 Logo
StarringFlag of Mexico.svg Daniel Bisogno
JudgesEnrique Guzmán
Country of originFlag of Mexico.svg Mexico
Production
Running time7:00pm-10:00pm
Release
Original networkTV Azteca (Mex) Azteca America (United States)
Original releaseJune 11, 2003 (2003-06-11) –
Present

Desafío de Estrellas is a Mexican musical show produced and distributed by TV Azteca, the second most important network in the country. The format of the Desafío is similar to American Idol with contestants eliminated every week and a grand finale with the top contestants competing to win the first place prize. TV Azteca has, until 2006, produced two versions of the program, one in 2003 and the other in 2006. The 2003 version consisted only of former contestants of La Academia, another TV Azteca-produced show which had already garnished two seasons and, in the process, taken away rating from Televisa, the prime network of the country. The 2006 version, on the other hand, consisted of both former contestants of La Academia (all four seasons), as well as other artists produced by TV Azteca in the middle and late '90s, later in 2009 a third season took place with former contestants of the six seasons of la academia.

All the Desafíos de Estrellas

Season Winner Runner-Up 2nd. Runner-Up Other Finalists Other Contestants (In Order of Elimination) Number of Contestants
Season 1 Yahir Nadia Myriam Erika & Estrella Elisa,Mauricio,Gisela,Karla,Marvin,Fabricio,Alejandro,Wendolee,J.Antonio,VíctorJ;
Azeneth,Alejandra,Andrea,Ana Lucía,Adrián,Enrique;
Ma.Inés, Víctor, Freddy, Manuel, Rosalía, Marco, Héctor, M. Ángel, Laura, Toñita, Raúl
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Season 2 Toñita Erasmo Raúl Aranza, Carlos & Adrián Rosalia,Cecilia,Cesar;
Melissa,Sylvia,Paula;
Marco,Manuel,J.Antonio;
Aline,Leticia,Dulce,Claudia,Tony;
J.Luis, Edgar, Yuridia, Luis, Erika, Benjamín, Estrella, Nadia, Jose Joel, Ale Ley, M. Ángel, Cynthia
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Season 3 Fabiola Myriam Samuel Travieso & Nadia La Posta, Los Sandoval, Tinieblas, Tachidito, Beraka 5, Los de la mochila Azul, Las Güeras,

Shanik/Christian, Vanessa Cato, Rigo Tovar Jr., Colette, Toñita, Edgar/Erasmo, Iván/Héctor/Gerardo/Matías, IQ, G6, Rosalía/Freddy/Marco,
Aline,Atala,Las Reinas,Ivonne M;
Cynthia/Jorge,Jose Joel/Marysol;
M.Ángel, Luis A., Juan Rivera

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Desafío de Estrellas 2003

The 2003 version of the Desafío de Estrellas was announced right after the end of the second generation of La Academia. The 32 contestants which made up both generations would go on head-to-head to see what generation would get the best place. This expected competition was non-existent, as the participants of the 2nd generation were eliminated swiftly. Of the top 10 singers chosen by the public, only 1 had come out of the second generation, Erika, who would go on to become the fourth place of the competition. With a total of 15 concerts and above good ratings, TV Azteca confirmed its strong hold on the Mexican public.

Contestants

Name Original Series Eliminated
Yahir La Academia 1 Winner
Nadia La Academia 1 Episode 15 (2nd)
Myriam La Academia 1 Episode 15 (3rd)
Erika La Academia 2 Episode 15 (4th)
Estrella La Academia 1 Episode 15 (5th)
Raul La Academia 1 Episode 14
Toñita La Academia 1 Episode 13
Laura Caro La Academia 1 Episode 12
Miguel Angel La Academia 1 Episode 11
Hector La Academia 1 Episode 10
Marco More La Academia 2 Episode 9
Rosalia La Academia 2 Episode 8
Manuel La Academia 2 Episode 7
Freddy La Academia 2 Episode 6
Victor Garcia La Academia 1 Episode 5 (Quit)
Maria Ines La Academia 1 Episode 4
Enrique La Academia 2 Episode 3
Adrian Carvajal La Academia 2 Episode 3
Ana Lucia La Academia 2 Episode 3
Alejandra Ordanza La Academia 2 Episode 3
Andrea La Academia 2 Episode 3
Azeneth La Academia 2 Episode 3
Jose Antonio La Academia 1 Episode 1
Wendolee La Academia 1 Episode 1
Alejandro La Academia 1 Episode 1
Elisa La Academia 2 Episode 1
Gisela La Academia 2 Episode 1
Marvin La Academia 2 Episode 1
Karla La Academia 2 Episode 1
Victor Javier La Academia 2 Episode 1
Mauricio La Academia 2 Episode 1
Fabricio La Academia 2 Episode 1

Concerts

Finale

The finale, which was broadcast live from Monterrey, Nuevo León, was a clear display of the full potential of the network, which garnished better results than the program in the competing network, the Mexican version of Big Brother. The rating was far superior for the Desafío and caused major changes in Televisa. At the end, after singing songs from their albums, as well as new, classic Latin songs, Yahir took the night and beat out Myriam, the public's clear favorite, who was also ousted by Nadia, winner of the second place.

Desafío de Estrellas 2006

(finale June 25, 2006)

Some time after the end of the 4th version of La Academia, and in order to compete with Televisa's highly successful Cantando por un sueño (Singing for A Dream), TV Azteca announced the production of a new version of the Desafío. This time, however, not only would the competition be between former Academia singers, but also with artists released in the late 90s by the network. The 2006 version of the Desafío was less successful than the first, mostly because of the competition and high ratings of Cantando por un Sueño of Televisa. To increase ratings and, therefore, revenues, the network tried implementing new mechanics into the show. For example, in every show the judges were to choose "the best singer of the night", who would win 30,000 pesos (approximately twenty-nine hundred dollars), also, for six concerts the judges were to choose one singer who would be a participant of a grand concert in the Metropolitan, one of the most important auditoriums in the country.

Controversy arose after the judges eliminated Yuridia, the clear favorite to win, because she did not appear in Concert 8. Several sources of the Mexican media and some shows, especially from Televisa, claimed the producers planned the whole thing to improve ratings for the show.[citation needed] Bad rumors about the Desafío also arose when Jolette, controversial former Academia participant, claimed Cynthia, attractive Desafío participant, was being supported by one of the producers, who prevented her elimination from the competition.[citation needed] (Cynthia was eliminated before the final round, she was not one of the final six contestants. Cynthia organized a concert to benefit the families of miners killed in an accident in Coahuila. Many of the top contestants of Desafío de Estrellas participated, and Cynthia was able to donate ten thousand pesos each to every family who lost a loved one in the disaster.)

Contestants

Name Original Series Eliminated
Antonia La Academia 1 Winner
Erasmo La Academia 4 Episode 25 (2nd)
Raul La Academia 1 Episode 25 (3rd)
Aranza No academica
Adrian Varela La Academia 4 Episode 25
Carlos Rivera La Academia 3 Episode 25
Cynthia La Academia 4 Episode 23
Miguel Angel La Academia 1 Episode 20
Nadia La Academia 1 Episode 14
Estrella La Academia 1 Episode 13
Erika La Academia 2 Episode 10
Yuridia La Academia 4 Episode 8 (Quit)
Edgar La Academia 4 Episode 7
Jose Luis La Academia 4 Episode 6
Dulce La Academia 3 Episode 5
Laticia La Academia 3 Episode 5
Marco La Academia 4 Episode 4
Manuel La Academia 2 Episode 4
Jose Antonio La Academia 1 Episode 4
Melissa La Academia 3 Episode 3
Silvia La Academia 4 Episode 3
Paula La Academia 4 Episode 3
Cesar La Academia 3 Episode 2
Rosalia La Academia 2 Episode 2

Concerts

Throughout 25 concerts, the first one airing on January 8, 2006, 32 contestants (being Yuridia the favorite) competed to become one of the 6 finalists who would compete for a grand prize of three million pesos (300,000 dollars). In these concerts, three participants were chosen three times as the best singer of the night, Adrián, Aranza, and Erasmo Catarino. Also, six participants were chosen for a major concert in The Metropolitan, an important auditorium in Mexico City: Erasmo Catarino, Cynthia, Estrella, Miguel Ángel, Aranza and Raúl.

Finale

The Desafío de Estrellas finale took place on June 25, 2006 with the final five participants competing to win the grand prize: Antonia Salazar (Toñita), who did not make it to the finale on La Academia 1 or the Desafío 2003,Erasmo Catarino, winner of La Academia 4, Raúl, who did not make it to the finale on La Academia 1 or the Desafío 2003, Carlos, La Academia 3 winner, Adrián, third place in La Academia 4 and Aranza, the only non-Academia participant left in the competition. After singing two songs each (their best song throughout the competition and a new song), and after a close competition between the six finalists, the results were revealed:

This Desafío finale was not as successful as that of the 2003 version because of the competition with the rival channel's show, Cantando por un Sueño...Reyes de La Cancion (Singing for A Dream...Kings of the Song).

The Third Desafío de Estrellas has been announced to premiere on April 19, 2009 Rafael Araneda From La Academia Ultima Generación will host the third edition the show will be called "El Gran Desafío."

El Gran Desafío de Estrellas

The 2009 version of the Desafío de Estrellas was producer by Eva Borja and counts with 50 artist

Concerts

The next table shows only contestants from la academia

Name Original Series Eliminated
Fabiola Rodas La Academia 6 Winner
Myriam La Academia 1 Episode 14 (2nd)
Samuel La Academia 5 Episode 14 (3rd)
Nadia La Academia 1 Episode 14 (5th)
Luis Armando La Academia 6 Episode 12
Miguel Angel La Academia 1 Episode 12
Cynthia La Academia 4 Episode 10
Erika La Academia 2 Episode 9
Estrella La Academia 1 Episode 9
Maria Fernanda La Academia 6 Episode 8
Valeria La Academia 6 Episode 8
Alex Garza La Academia 6 Episode 8
Fatima La Academia 6 Episode 8
Jackie La Academia 6 Episode 8
Perla La Academia 6 Episode 8
Marco La Academia 4 Episode 8
Fredy La Academia 2 Episode 8
Rosalia Leon La Academia 2 Episode 8
Matias Aranda La Academia 6 Episode 7
Hector Silva La Academia 6 Episode 7
Ivan Estrada La Academia 6 Episode 7
Gerardo La Academia 6 Episode 7
Toñita La Academia 1 Episode 6
Erasmo La Academia 4 Episode 6
Edgar Guerrero La Academia 4 Episode 6
Colette La Academia 5 Episode 5
Raul Sandoval La Academia 1 Episode 2
Erick Sandoval La Academia 9* Episode 2
Cesar Robles La Academia 3 Episode 1
Yazmin La Academia 5 Episode 1
Vince La Academia 5 Episode 1
Adrian Varela La Academia 4 Episode 1
Silvia La Academia 4 Episode 1

Colette, Atala, Travieso, Juan Rivera, Toñita, Erasmo, Cynthia, Jorge, G6, Luis Armando, Ivone Montero, Las Reinas, Raúl Sandoval, La Posta and others were the original cast, but during the concert seven, eight new contestestants were added – some like Myriam, Nadia, Fabiola, Banda Mix, Miguel Ángel, Aline Hernández.

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