A Favorita

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The Favorite
A Favorita.jpg
The logo of A Favorita.
Genre Telenovela
Created by João Emanuel Carneiro
Directed by Ricardo Waddington
Starring Patrícia Pillar
Cláudia Raia
Mariana Ximenes
Murilo Benício
Deborah Secco
Taís Araújo
Carmo Dalla Vecchia
Cauã Reymond
Thiago Rodrigues
Jose Mayer
Glória Menezes
Tarcísio Meira
Theme music composer Bajofondo
Opening theme "Pa' Bailar" (instrumental)
Country of origin Brazil
Original language(s) Portuguese
No. of episodes


160 (Syndication)
Location(s) Projac
  • Fabrício Ferreira
  • André Leite
  • William Alves Correia
  • Rosemeire Oliveira
  • Ghynn Paul
  • Edson Melo
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 50-80 mins.
Original network Rede Globo
Picture format (HDTV) 1080i
Original release 2 June 2008 – 16 January 2009
Preceded by Duas Caras
Followed by Caminho das Índias
External links

The Favorite (Portuguese: A Favorita) is a Brazilian telenovela produced and broadcast Rede Globo. It premiered 2 June 2008 to 17 January 2009 with a total number of episodes of 197.[1]

It is created by João Emanuel Carneiro and directed by Ricardo Waddington. It is also the first telenovela by the writer to air in the 9 pm timeslot.

A Favorita storylines examine two friends, Donatela and Flora, who became rivals. One of them committed a crime and is lying, so there are two versions of the same story.

The telenovela was originally screened as six episodes per week, from Monday to Saturday, with an average running time of one hour. A Favorita has remained significant in terms of Rede Globo's success and audience share, and also in Brazilian television drama history, tackling many controversial and taboo issues previously unseen on mainstream television in Brazil.

It made history for being the first telenovela where the public did not know who was the villain and who was telling the truth.

Claudia Raia, Patricia Pillar, Murilo Benicio, Mariana Ximenes, Lília Cabral, Taís Araújo, Deborah Secco, Carmo Dalla Vecchia, Glória Menezes, Mauro Mendonça and Tarcísio Meira in the leading roles.

In August 2014, Globo Marcas released an edited version of the telenovela in DVD format.[2][3]


Donatela and Flora, two friends who became rivals. One of them committed a homicide and pretends to be innocent. There are two versions for the same story. Who, after all, is telling the truth? Donatela or Flora?

Donatela and Flora grew up together. Donatela lost her parents in an accident and ended up being adopted by Flora's family. By the time they were children, the two girls were best friends to the point of starting a country band, “Faísca e Espoleta” (Flash and Fusee). The partnership made a reasonable success at the time, but the career was interrupted after they met friends Marcelo and Dodi, to whom they became engaged. Donatela married Marcelo, Gonçalo Fontini's son, heir of a paper and cellulose corporation, while Flora married Dodi, an unscrupulous man who worked for his friend's father.

However, Donatela and Marcelo's happiness didn't last too long. The couple's first son, Matheus, was kidnapped when he was six months old, never to appear again. Since then the couple started to argue very often. In the meantime, Flora and Dodi split up and she had an affair with Marcelo. She gave birth to Lara, daughter to Marcelo, harming even more his relationship with Donatela and mostly the relationship between the two friends.

In the worst period of the crisis between Donatela and Flora, Marcelo was murdered. He was shot three times with a gun that, according to witnesses, was in Flora's possession. She was arrested and sent to jail for eighteen years. Donatela, despite of not forgiving Flora for the treason and for killing the love of her life, raised Lara with the love of a true mother.

Eighteen years later, after being released from prison, Flora starts trying to prove her innocence, blaming Donatela for the crime she has already paid for. Donatela fears that Flora may want to take her beloved daughter Lara away. Lara becomes the target of the dispute between the two women, who were once friends. While Flora tries to get her daughter back, Donatela will do everything she can to stop her.


Actor Character
Patrícia Pillar Flora Pereira da Silva
Cláudia Raia Donatela Fontini
Murilo Benício Dodi (Eduardo Gentil)
Mariana Ximenes Lara Pereira Fontini
Deborah Secco Maria do Céu / Pâmela Queiroz
Taís Araújo Alícia Rosa
Carmo Dalla Vecchia Zé Bob (José Roberto Duarte)
Cauã Reymond Halley Gonzaga da Silva / Mateus Fontini
Thiago Rodrigues Cassiano Copola Mendonça
José Mayer Augusto César
Glória Menezes Irene
Tarcísio Meira Copola
Ângela Vieira Arlete
Christine Fernandes Rita Porto
Chico Diaz Átila Mendonça
Lília Cabral Catarina Copola Monteiro
Giulia Gam Diva Palhares (Rosana Costa/Kato /Miranda)
Ary Fontoura Silveirinha
Mauro Mendonça Gonçalo Fontini
Milton Gonçalves Romildo Rosa
Cláudia Ohana Cida Copola (Maria Aparecida Marelo Copola)
Elizângela Cilene (Jucilene Maria Gonzaga)
Genézio de Barros Pedro Pereira da Silva
Iran Malfitano Orlandinho (Orlando Queiroz)
Leonardo Medeiros Elias Filho
Mário Gomes Gurgel (Francisco Gurgel)
Paula Burlamaqui Stela
Suzana Faini Iolanda Marelo Copola
Rosi Campos Tuca (Tereza)
Alexandre Schumacher Norton
Aramis Trindade Clemente
Malvino Salvador Damião
Bel Kutner Amelinha (Amélia Mendonça Gurgel)
Emanuelle Araújo Manu (Manuela Ferreira)
Clarice Falcão Mariana Copola Monteiro
Fabrício Boliveira Didu (Eduardo Rosa)
Gisele Fróes Lorena Copola Mendonça
Giovanna Ewbank Sharon (Maria do Perpétuo Socorro)
Graziella Schmidtt Tina
Jackson Antunes Leonardo Monteiro (Léo)
Jean Pierre Noher Pepe Molinos
Miguel Rômulo Shiva Lênin Costa
Rui Resende Pereira
Selma Egrei Dulce Porto
Raquel Galvão Melissa
Ana Roberta Gualda Greice Ferreira da Silva
Thiaré Maia Luma
Alexandre Nero Vanderlei
Luiz Bacelli Darcy Queiroz
Cleide Queiroz Antônia
Walmor Chagas Salvatore
Eduardo Mello Domênico Copola Monteiro
Hanna Romanazzi Camila Porto
Renan Mayer Tiago Mendonça Gurgel
Sofia Terra Carolina Mendonça Gurgel

Guest stars[edit]

Nelson Xavier Edivaldo Ferreira da Silva
Helena Ranaldi Dedina
Suely Franco Geralda Queiroz
Juliana Paes Maíra (dropped from the cast to act in Glória Perez's Caminho das Indias)


A Favorita has released three official soundtrack albums: one composed mostly of Brazilian songs (Nacional - "national" soundtrack), one mostly of international songs (Internacional), and a third one, with sertanejo music (a kind of Brazilian country music).

  • Nacional soundtrack
  1. "É o Que Me Interessa" - Lenine (Flora's theme)
  2. "Amado" - Vanessa da Mata (Lara and Cassiano's / Lara and Halley's theme)
  3. "Sou Dela" - Nando Reis (Lara's theme)
  4. "Não Vou Me Adaptar" - - Arnaldo Antunes and Nando Reis (Didu's theme)
  5. "Quantas Vidas Você Tem?" - Moska (Rita and Didu's theme)
  6. "Fala" - Ritchie (Augusto César's theme)
  7. "Tudo Passa" - Túlio Dek (Halley's theme)
  8. "Pa'Bailar" - Bajofondo (opening theme)
  9. "Mulher Sem Razão" - Adriana Calcanhotto (Donatela and Zé Bob's theme)
  10. "Morena dos Olhos d'água" - Chico Buarque
  11. "O Tempo Vai Apagar" - Zé Renato (Rita's theme)
  12. "Me Abrace (Abrázame)" - Camila & Wanessa Camargo (Stela's theme)
  • Internacional soundtrack
  1. "Viva La Vida" - Coldplay (general theme)
  2. "Bottle It Up" - Sara Bareilles (Dedina and Damião's theme)
  3. "I'm Yours" - Jason Mraz (Cassiano's theme)
  4. "Carry You Home" - James Blunt (Augusto César's theme)
  5. "Love is Noise" - The Verve
  6. "That's Not My Name" - The Ting Tings (Alícia's theme)
  7. "Blame" - Tiago Iorc (Halley's theme)
  8. "Fidelity" - Regina Spektor (Lara's theme)
  9. "Sweet About Me" - Gabriella Cilmi
  10. "No Substitute Love" - Estelle (location theme)
  11. "Baby When the Light" - David Guetta (Orlandinho's theme / nightclub theme)
  12. "Pumpkin Soup" - Kate Nash (location theme)
  13. "Young Folks" - Peter Bjorn and John



Timeslot # Ep. Premiere Finale Rank Season Rating average
Date Premiere
Date Finale
2 June 2008
16 January 2009
52 #1 2008-09 40[4]

In his first chapter, A Favorita recorded 35 points and 49% share, with the worst debut of a 8PM telenovela to date. These ratings are low due to the good performance of the final chapter of Caminhos do Coração, displayed simultaneously.[5]

The ratings varied greatly over the weeks, until in Chapter 56, the telenovela recorded his record: 46 points and 65% share.[6] Lowest audience was recorded on New Year's Eve: 25 points with a peak of 32.[7]

In the final chapters, showed better performance: 52 points/76% share in the penultimate chapter; and 52 points/69.4% share in the last chapter, being the most watched broadcasts of recent years in Brazilian television.[8][9]

International broadcasts[edit]

  •  Israel / Viva / December 7, 2009 - July 20, 2010
  •  Montenegro / TV Vijesti / November 28, 2011 – present
  • Canada Canada / OMVI 1


Year Award Category Recipient
2008 Prêmio Qualidade Brasil[10] Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Writer João Emanuel Carneiro
Best director Ricardo Waddington
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Supporting Actress Lília Cabral
Troféu Raça Negra[11] Best Actor Milton Gonçalves
Best Supporting Actor Fabrício Boliveira
Prêmio Extra de Televisão de 2008[12] Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Supporting Actor Cauã Reymond
Best Child Actor/Actress Eduardo Mello
Best Theme Song "Amado" (Vanessa da Mata)
18º Prêmio FestNatal — Os Favoritos do Público[13] Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Prêmio APCA[14] Best Author João Emanuel Carneiro
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Prêmio QUEM Acontece 2008[15] Best Author João Emanuel Carneiro
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
ISTOÉ Gente — Personalidade do Ano[16] Personality of Year Patricia Pillar
Prêmio UOL e PopTevê de Televisão[17] Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Actor Murilo Benício
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Newcomer Miguel Rômulo
Prêmio TV Press[18] Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Melhores do Ano 2008 — Domingão do Faustão[19] Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Actor Murilo Benício
Best Supporting Actor Cauã Reymond
Best Newcomer Miguel Rômulo
2009 Prêmio IG Gente[20] Novela imperdível A Favorita
Brilliant Actress Patricia Pillar
Prêmio Minha Novela[21] Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Actor Murilo Benício
Best Supporting Actor Ary Fontoura
Best Villain Patricia Pillar
Cena de novela do ano Murder of Gonçalo Fontini
Prêmio Faz Diferença — Jornal O Globo[22] Revista da TV João Emanuel Carneiro
Troféu Imprensa Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Actor Cauã Reymond and Murilo Benício
Prêmio Contigo Best Newcomer Alexandre Nero
Best Actress Patricia Pillar
Best Actor Cauã Reymond
Best Director Ricardo Waddington
Best Author João Emanuel Carneiro
Best Telenovela A Favorita
Best Supporting Actor Ary Fontoura
Best Child Actor Eduardo Mello


  1. ^ "A Favorita - Ficha Técnica". Memoria Globo (in Portuguese). Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  2. ^ "DVD A Favorita - 15 discos". Globo Marcas (in Portuguese). 
  3. ^ "Novela A Favorita volta em box de DVDs da Globo com almofada de brinde". UOL (in Portuguese). 
  4. ^ Viver a Vida" tem pior audiência da década e recorde de merchandising|data=9 de maio de 2010
  5. ^ Andréia Takano. "Estreia de 'A Favorita' tem audiência abaixo das expectativas: 35 pontos". O Fuxico. Ofuxico.terra.com.br. Archived from the original on 2009-07-19. 
  6. ^ http://www.meionorte.com/noticias/entretenimento/com-revelacao-de-flora-como-assassina-a-favorita-bate-novo-recorde-de-audiencia-54625.html
  7. ^ 'A Favorita' marca 40 no primeiro dia do ano. Veja as audiências
  8. ^ Patrícia Kogut. "'A Favorita' bate novo recorde de audiência". O Globo. 
  9. ^ Patrícia Kogut. "'Maysa' cai para 23. Veja principais audiências". O Globo. 
  10. ^ "Prêmio Qualidade Brasil". Prêmio Qualidade Brasil. Premioqualidadebr.org.br. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  11. ^ "Sexta edição do Troféu Raça Negra premia 31 personalidades em SP". Troféu Raça Negra. Trofeuracanegra.com.br. 17 November 2008. Retrieved 21 November 2008. 
  12. ^ "Décimo edição do Troféu Extra de Televisão". Prêmio Extra de Televisão. Extra.globo.com. 1 December 2008. 
  13. ^ "FestNatal — Categoria: Melhor Atriz". FestNatal. Festnatal.com. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  14. ^ "APCA ESCOLHE OS MELHORES DAS ARTES EM 2008". APCA. Apca.org.br. 9 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  15. ^ "Conheça os vencedores do 2º Prêmio QUEM Acontece". Revista Quem. 10 December 2008. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  16. ^ "Personalidade do Ano — Patrícia Pillar". Isto é Gente. Terra Networks. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  17. ^ "A Favorita" vence quatro categorias na eleição "Melhores de 2008"; veja os escolhidos". Uol Televisão. Universo Online. 19 December 2008. Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  18. ^ "Prêmio Press 2008 — A imprensa gaúcha merece". Revista Press. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  19. ^ "Melhores do Ano — Domingão do Faustão". Tvglobo.domingaodofaustao.globo.com. 
  20. ^ "Resultados — iG Gente — Famosos, Artistas, Celebridades, Personalidades". iG Gente. Gente.ig.com.br. Retrieved 31 January 2017. 
  21. ^ "Melhores do Ano". Mdemulher.abril.com.br. Retrieved 1 February 2017. 
  22. ^ "Claudia Raia entrega prêmio". O Globo. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Duas Caras
A Favorita
June 2, 2008—January 17, 2009
Succeeded by
Caminho das Índias