MIAMI, FL,–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 14, 2003–Univision Network’s top rated variety show, “Sábado Gigante” (“Gigantic Saturday”) held talent searches in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Puerto Rico to discover youth between the ages of 18-25 talented enough to compete in the highly anticipated segment “Gigantes del Mañana” (“FutureStars”). Twenty-four contestants made the cut to face celebrity judges in their quest to take home the $15K grand prize and a coveted recording contract with Univision Music Group. Premiering Saturday, October 25 within “Sábado Gigante’s” time slot, 8-11pm ET/PT, the segment will feature the show’s legendary creator and host, Don Francisco.
In the first three months of competition, judges Marco Flavio Cruz, Karen Guindi, and Flor Ivón Quezada will select six contestants who will advance to the most exciting, sensational phase of the contest: the fourth and final month of competition, when they battle for the “FutureStar” title. In addition, Hispanic America will have a chance to “save” contestants from among those who were eliminated by the judges. By logging onto http://www.univision.com, each month visitors can vote for “El Gigante de la Gente” (“People’s Choice FutureStar”), “comeback” contestants who get to compete again after garnering the greatest amount of online votes.
On February 21, 2004, millions of viewers will watch as the most talented Hispanic youth in the United States is named “Gigante del Mañana.” “Sábado Gigante,” an undisputed ratings phenomenon with over 100 million loyal viewers in 42 countries, airs every Saturday, 8-11pm ET/PT (7-10pm Central/Mountain).
About the judges:
“Gigantes del Mañana” judges are available for interviews. Please contact Millie Fresen at 305.471.4086 or Cristina Romano at 305.463.4608 for more information.
Marco Flavio Cruz is one of the best-known producers in Mexico. He has also directed many events related to the entertainment and music industries. He has managed live concerts for celebrities such as Elton John and Luis Miguel, and coordinated logistics for Pope John Paul II’s visit to Mexico. Together with the distinguished Luis de Llano, Cruz has produced the prestigious award ceremonies “Premios Heraldo,” “Premios Eres” and “Premios Oye.”
Karen Guindi, producer, composer and executive, has always worked in the music industry. Karen has been responsible for the success of many artists throughout Latin America and has written songs for Luis Miguel, Magneto, Garibaldi, Stephanie Salas, Sasha and Chantal. She currently owns an entertainment company and coordinates Mexico’s most important music awards ceremony, “Premios Oye.”
Flor Ivón Quezada is a singer, composer and actress. With more than 2 million copies sold, her albums have reached multi-gold status. Quezada has been the recipient of numerous awards including “Premio Lo Nuestro,” “Festival OTI-USA,” “Festival OTI-Mexico,” and “Premio ASCAP.” Her song “No me Conoces Aún” was at the top of Billboard Magazine’s Regional Mexican charts for 40 weeks. Quezada is also a fashion designer, mural painter and poet.
The initial 24 people will be broken down to 3 groups of 8 people each. During weeks one and two (in each of the first three months), 8 contestants compete and 4 are eliminated. In week three, the 4 winning contestants compete and 2 are eliminated. In week four, the month’s two finalists and a comeback contestant “saved” by the online public (1 of the 4 eliminated contestants from weeks one and two) compete and 2 are selected to advance. The 6 finalists then continue to the last stage of the competition. At the end of month four, one of the 6 will be named “Gigante del Mañana.” Results of all online voting will be available through Univision.com.
Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 97% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a new general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 77% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 23 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 29 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavisión, the country’s leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 65 radio stations in 17 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 4 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, and a 50% interest in Mexico-based Disa Records labels as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.