Objetivo Fama logo
|Directed by||Marcelo Gama|
|Country of origin||Puerto Rico|
|Executive producer(s)||Soraya Sanchez & Ender Vega|
|Production location(s)||Puerto Rico|
|Running time||2 hours|
|Original network||Univision Puerto Rico (WLII) / Telefutura (All the USA)|
|Original release||2004 –|
Objetivo Fama (sometimes abbreviated as OF, Spanish for Target: Fame) is a Puerto Rican singing talent contest that aired for over six years on WLII, the Univision outlet in Puerto Rico; and on Telefutura in the mainland United States. It is produced by Ender Vega and Soraya Sánchez ES Television.
The program was loosely inspired by the late Puerto Rican singing talent contest and variety show, Voces en Función, and the Spanish reality show, Operación Triunfo. Twenty or so contestants are "bunkered" in a studio/house where they will live together for several months while participating in a weekly show where one of them is eliminated, en route to find a "young star". The winner of the show gets a record deal from Univision Music Group. The show aired for six years, starting in 2004, and finishing in 2009.
Contestants were evaluated by a panel of judges, and viewers had the opportunity to vote on who they wanted to stay or leave the competition. Also, during the week they were assisted by singing and dancing teachers, stylists, costume designers, personal trainers, etc. in the studio/house to help them shape and improve their talent and image. The show was often said to be the Spanish version of American Idol, although technically speaking, the official Spanish version of that show is Latin American Idol.
- 1 History
- 2 Judges and hosts
- 3 Auditions
- 4 Weekly Shows
- 5 Season synopses
- 6 Television ratings
- 7 Musical impact
- 8 See also
- 9 References
- 10 External links
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Judges and hosts
- Roberto Sueiro (2004–2009) is a Puerto Rican artist and entertainment attorney. As a teenager, he sang with several rock bands and wrote songs while studying in the University of Florida. He finished law studies at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico. He continued studies in intellectual property and music rights at New York University where he received a master's degree in Law, in 1992. He then released four albums under the pseudonym of Byron. He reached the Billboard lists and won several awards. He also delved into producing and was one of the conceptual creators of Son By Four. He is currently practicing law in the field of entertainment and intellectual property, where he has represented several renowned artists. He was the only judge featured during all seasons of Objetivo Fama.
- Hilda Ramos (2004-2007, 2009) is a Puerto Rican soprano that has become one of the most sought opera singers in the world since her debut in 1989 with the Puerto Rican Symphonic Orchestra. In 1993, she won the first prize at the Metropolitan Opera Auditions in Puerto Rico and was one of the finalists of the regional auditions in New Orleans. She has performed around the world in places like Israel, Rome, Geneva, and the United States among others. She has performed at numerous world-known operas to much acclaim. In 2002, she debuted in New York City, invited by Regina Resnik. In 2004 and 2005 she collaborated as a teacher in Objetivo Fama, and in 2006 debuted as one of the judges. She remained as part of the judge panel until 2008, where she declined to dedicate time to her singing career. Ramos returned in 2009, to be judge of the last edition of OF.
- Fernando Allende (2006–2008) is a Mexican singer, actor, producer and director. He has acted in several soap operas in Spain, Mexico, and Latin America. Allende has traveled the world and lived in London for several years. In 2001 he moved to Puerto Rico where Allende has retaken his career as an actor and director. Allende also studied law at the Universidad La Salle in Mexico. He performs regularly as a mariachi and continues producing local films. In 2006 he was selected not only as one of the three judges but also as the President of the Jury.
- Lissy Estrella (2005) is a Puerto Rican singer. She served as a judge only for the second season.
- Jimena (2008) is a Mexican singer. She is serving as a judge on the fifth season.
- Abraham Velásquez (2009) is a Puerto Rican Christian inspirational singer. He served as a judge in substitution of Fernando Allende who resigned to work as a TV producer and film director.
- Guest judges are sometimes brought in. Some of the most common are singer/host Charytín, and some radio hosts from Univision Radio.
The first season of Objetivo Fama was hosted by Nicaraguan singer Luis Enrique, while the second one was co-hosted by Mexican actor/singer Víctor Noriega and Puerto Rican model/host Yizette Cifredo.
For the third season, Mexican singer Yuri was chosen as host, and she quickly became a favorite of the audience. She remained with the show until the end of the fourth season, when she was fired. She was replaced by entertainer Charytín Goyco during the season finale. Goyco had already served as guest host and judge during several episodes of the show.
The sixth and final season was hosted by Puerto Rican singer and host Giselle.
Before the show season starts, auditions are held at several places in Puerto Rico and the United States to pick the finalists that will be featured in the show. These are evaluated by the show's producers which included music directors Gabriel Ferri and Angelo Torres. When the 20 contestants are selected, they are moved to Puerto Rico where the studio/house is located. For its last season, the producers reduced the number of contestants from 20 to 16. Also, like the first season, all contestants were from Puerto Rico.
During the first two years, the weekly show was held at the Teatro del Parque in Santurce, its third year in Caguas Performing Arts Center in the city of Caguas, Puerto Rico. However, the fourth season moved to the Guaynabo Performing Arts Center in the city of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico. The show usually starts with a big performance involving all the contestants in one song-and-dance number. Then, each contestant performs the song they had received and rehearsed during the week. Performances can vary from duos, trios, to single performances. Between participations, each contestant is interviewed and clips of the weeks' happenings are shown.
After each presentation, each contestant is evaluated by the three judges. At the end of the show, the judges announce which contestants are "threatened" to leave the studio/house. Viewers then have one week to call and "save" their favorite contestant. The show closes with a performance by a guest artist.
Literally translated as Total Access, this section follows every weekly show with interviews with contestants and judges. This special show began during the third season (2006) following the weekly show. It is hosted by José Figueroa and Liza Lugo.
Loosely translated as Unedited, this is another weekly show where they follow the contestants lives at the studio/house and their rehearsals during the week. It also includes interviews and questions from the audience. In 2007, it was hosted by Daniela Droz. In the fifth season (2008), the show also included evaluations of each contestant past presentation from a former judge, Hilda Ramos, and was hosted by Yizette Cifredo.
|Objetivo Fama Finalists|
(with dates of elimination)
|Season 1 (2004)|
|Sheila Romero||2nd Place|
|Ektor Rivera||3rd Place|
|Daniel Rodríguez||4th Place|
|Juan "Tony" Cordero||April 17|
|Héctor Gotay||April 17|
|Luis Montes||April 17|
|Lizzette Medina||April 10|
|Zania Sala||March 27|
|Yaddeliz Martínez||March 20|
|Elliot Suro||March 13|
|Dominic Padilla||March 6|
|Charlie Rodríguez||February 28|
|Janayra Reyes||February 21|
|Alex Soto||February 14|
|Jencelamary Rivera||February 7|
|Encarnita "Kany" García||Disqualified|
|Season 2 (2005)|
|Azucena Salazar||2nd Place|
|Jayro Rosado||3rd Place|
|Rodolfo Castera||4th Place|
|Esteban Nuñez||April 23|
|Carmen Rivera||April 23|
|Rosangela Abreu||April 16|
|Tairon Aguilera||April 9|
|Natalie Amaya||April 3|
|Carlos Rubén Salazar||Disqualified|
|Emilio Acevedo||March 26|
|Carlos Alberto Aldana||March 26|
|Wenceslao Navarro||March 19|
|Karol De Jesús||March 19|
|Verónica Zavala||March 12|
|Marland Rodríguez||March 5|
|Luis Angel López||February 26|
|Priscila Salisbury||February 19|
|Angélica Pacheco||February 12|
|Darla Delgado||February 5|
|Season 3 (2006)|
|Patricia "Patty" Contreras||2nd Place|
|Arquímides González||3rd Place|
|Mary Ann Acevedo||4th Place|
|Jenilca Giusti||May 6|
|José Barraza||May 6|
|Helen Ochoa||April 29|
|Patricia Mercado||April 29|
|Edwin Gómez||April 22|
|Brigitte Dávila||April 22|
|Sunel Molina||April 15|
|Ronald Martínez||April 15|
|Francisco Salicrup||April 8|
|Josué Muñoz||March 18|
|Melanie Figueroa||March 11|
|Elionaid Iñiguez||March 4|
|Gustavo Gutiérrez||February 25|
|Guadalupe Castro||February 18|
|Season 4 (2007)|
|Juan Antonio Vélez||Winner|
|Iván Oswaldo López||2nd Place|
|Víctor Antonio Santiago||3rd Place|
|Nat Vásquez||4th Place|
|Frances Marrero||May 12|
|José Luis Vargas||May 5|
|Erica Gonzaba||April 28|
|Ramón Alberto García||April 21|
|Arturo Guerrero||April 14|
|Natalia Herrera||April 7|
|Luz María Aguilar||March 31|
|Nathalie Rodríguez||March 31|
|Aidsa Rodríguez||March 24|
|Edgar Alberto Pérez||March 24|
|Jorge Ochoa||March 17|
|Héctor Arreguin||March 17|
|Marissa Meza||March 10|
|Lizmarie Goldilla||March 3|
|Julissa Morel||February 24|
|Marleen Salinas||February 17|
|Season 5 (2008)|
|Samuel Colón||2nd Place|
|Yaindhi Álvarez||3rd Place|
|Jonathan Rios||4th Place|
|Jometh Andújar||May 10|
|Javier Baerga||May 3|
|Karen Rodríguez||April 26|
|Sammy Genao||April 19|
|Yerly Burgos||April 12|
|Josué Pérez||April 5|
|Leonardo Méndez||March 29|
|Yaritza Rodríguez||March 29|
|Luis Javier Chávez||March 22|
|Diana Mercado||March 22|
|Ronny Mercedes||March 15|
|Magdalena León||March 15|
|Blanca Rosa Alfonso||March 8|
|Dalila Santa María||March 1|
|Alfredo Lomeli||February 23|
|Luz Leguizamo||February 16|
|Season 6 (2009)|
|José Rubén Ruíz||2nd Place|
|Hannaní Peraza||3rd Place|
|José Aníbal Maldonado||May 9|
|Marko Castillo||May 2|
|Víctor Robles||April 26|
|Hecmarie Diaz||April 18|
|Amesis Román||April 11|
|Judith Olivencia||April 4|
|Urayoán Lizardi||March 28|
|Zugeil Vélez||March 21|
|Saúl Díaz||March 14|
|Tania Tirado||March 7|
|Andres Ríos||February 28|
|Leidy D. Gabriel||February 21|
|Jorge David Nieves||February 14|
2004: First Season
- See Objetivo Fama (First Season) for more information
The winner of the show was Janina Irizarry (also known as simply Janina), but several of the contestants have released their own albums having different levels of success. As of 2007, Janina has released two successful albums.
Early on the show, one of the contestants Encarnita "Kany" García suffered a car accident, which forced her to abandon the competition. She was in intensive care for some time and managed to recover. She has turned since into a much-sought composer/songwriter. She even wrote a song for Janina's first album. García released her first album Cualquier Día in 2007 which includes the #1 hit "Hoy Ya Me Voy". With the success of the album, she received praised by music critics, and many awards including two Billboard Latin Music Awards and two Latin Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Best Female Pop Vocal Album.The album has been a success in Puerto Rico, the United States, and Latin America.
Charlie Rodríguez was the first contestant of the show to release his own album and has also become a successful composer. He is currently working in his second album.
After the show, Luis Montes, Elliot Suro and Daniel Rodríguez went on to join Puerto Rican boy band, MDO. They released a successful album titled Otra Vez which peaked some music charts in Latin America. Their follow-up, Sabe A Tí, was released in 2008.
Also, both of the finalists (Sheila and Ektor) have recorded albums. Ektor is currently working with producers Luny Tunes for his next album.
Also, Zania Salas has turned into a producer of shows at Nickelodeon.
2005: Second Season
- See Objetivo Fama (Second Season) for more information
This season was hosted by Mexican actor/singer, Víctor Noriega and Puerto Rican celebrity, Yizette Cifredo, and expanded the format to include international contestants.
The winner of the show was Dominican Anaís Martínez, but - like the first season - several of the contestants have already launched their own musical careers. Anaís is widely considered to be the most successful winner of the show.
Carlos Rubén Salazar was disqualified from the competition when he abandoned the house to see a girlfriend (one of the show dancers). He is the brother of the first finalist, Azucena. They have been working together on several musical projects, even playing at the White House in an activity in 2006. Azucena released her first album in 2008.
Two of the other finalists, Jayro Rosado and Esteban, have released albums in the island and Jayro Rosado is currently a backup singer for Romeo Santos and is currently on tour with him. Another of the finalists, Rodolfo Castera, has worked hosting several events on the island and is currently finishing acting classes. Rosangela Abreu recorded a duet with famous Salsa singer, Gilberto Santa Rosa. Both Esteban and Rosangela auditioned for the 2007 season of Latin American Idol but Rosangela was the only one chosen to finish in third place.
Wenceslao Navarro has continued to work with his band and has released an album after the competition finished. Tairon Aguilera has dedicated himself to songwriting. He has written several songs for some of his fellow competitors of the show from past and future seasons, in January 2011 Tairon released his first album cd called "Tatuaje" in which he is the producer along with DJ gus. Emilio Acevedo is one of the singers of a merengue group called Zone D' Tambora, produced by Elvis Crespo.
In early 2007 the husband of Carmen Rivera was killed when he apparently intervened in a bar fight.
2006: Third Season
- See Objetivo Fama (Third Season) for more information
This season was hosted by Mexican singer Yuri and directed by Marcelo Gama.
During the show, Soledad Sosa was disqualified when she left the studio/house with her husband. She alleged that she couldn't stand being away from her husband. Shortly after, she got pregnant but had a miscarriage.
Ediberto Carmenatty was also disqualified when a medical condition forced him to do so. He has since recovered and is currently living in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Also, Gustavo and Jenilca started a relationship during the show. Gustavo is currently working on an album while also preparing for some acting projects. Jenilca is promoting her album, "Jenilca" and her first single "Enamorada de Ti".
Helen Ochoa and Melanie Figueroa started working on a project called "Dos Destinos". However, Figueroa's complications with her condition of lupus forced her to abandon the project. Ochoa has continued with the project and plans to release an album in early 2007. Figueroa is currently recovering.
2007: Fourth Season
- See Objetivo Fama (Fourth Season) for more information.
Unlike previous seasons, this one opened in Los Angeles, California on February 3, with a pre-show where they presented the 30 semi-finalists chosen on the auditions through the United States and Puerto Rico. The 20 winners were announced and given a chance to perform.
The season officially opened on February 10. The weekly shows were aired from the Centro de Bellas Artes of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, alongside the new building of the Univision station in Puerto Rico. So far, the judges agree that the competitors of this season are more consistent than in past ones.
Sin Editar, the weekly show where they follow the contestants lives at the studio/house and their rehearsals during the week, this year was broadcast every Friday, and hosted by Daniela Droz.
One of the highlights so far is the relationship started between Juan Vélez and Erica Gonzaba. On March 17, they had a chance to perform the song "Devuélveme la Vida" from Antonio Orozco together, which garnered them much praise and applause from both the judges and the audience. Vélez, winner of the show, had the chance to perform the song together with Orozco himself in the finale.
This season's finale emerged as the highest rated program in the history of Univision Puerto Rico, and USA Telefutura television broadcast stations.
After the show, finalists Juan, Iván, and Víctor have all released successful albums. Juan sold out several shows at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan, and had a concert at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.
2008: Fifth Season
- See Objetivo Fama (Fifth Season) for more information
This fifth season was hosted by Yuri and directed by Marcelo Gama. The winner of the show was Mexican Cristina Eustace. It featured returning judges Roberto Sueiro and Fernando Allende. Mexican singer Jimena will replace Hilda Ramos. Still, Ramos has been featured weekly in the show Sin Editar offering her critics to the contestants.
The 20 final contestants were officially announced on February 2, 2008, during a show at the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the show officially began on February 9, 2008. A few days before, contestant Lorenzo Mendez was disqualified from the show because he was already signed to a record label. Ronny Mercedes was selected to replace him.
On May 14, 2008, four days before the final show of the season, host Yuri announced that she had been fired from the show. Charytín will replace her for the final show. At the same time, the credibility of the show was questioned after a video mentioning the four finalists with two weeks of anticipation surfaced on YouTube. The video was prepared by Pepsico as a promotion for a contest. The producers of the show have denied giving them any information about votes and results.
2009: Sixth Season (The Farewell)
- See Objetivo Fama (season 6) for more information.
In late 2008, it was announced that the sixth season would be the last. It was dubbed Objetivo Fama: La Despedida (Objetivo Fama: The Farewell). The show featured Roberto Sueiro and Hilda Ramos as returning judges, while Christian singer Abraham would be the third judge, replacing Fernando Allende. This last season featured only 18 Puerto Rican contestants, like the first season, as opposed to the other seasons which had contestants from other countries.
Since its first years, Objetivo Fama has had the acceptance of Puerto Rican audiences. In 2005, the season finale of the second season was the #1 show of the night, garnering ratings of above 35 during its run, with its nearest competition being at 11. Further ratings revealed that the finale was also the most watched show of April 2005.
The season finale for the third season of Objetivo Fama, held in May 2006, also ended up #1 with the audience. In April 2007, the show dominated the ratings in Puerto Rico with 34.6, with related shows like Acceso Total and Sin Editar also doing well.
In January 2008, two special editions of Objetivo Fama that served as a preamble of the fifth season ended up in the first two places of the television ratings of January 2008. The show remained at the top of the ratings as the season went on, ranking at #2 during February 2008 and #1 in March and April of the same year. The show Acceso Total also ended up at the top finishing at #7. The rankings for the month of May 2008 also revealed that 7 of the Top 10 shows were related to Objetivo Fama.
The ratings for each season finale have been:
|1||April 24, 2004|
|2||May 1, 2005||41||1|
|3||May 14, 2006||1|
|4||May 20, 2007|
|5||May 18, 2008||42.8||1|
|6||May 17, 2009||33||1|
Various contestants of Objetivo Fama have gone on to have successful musical careers, winning musical awards and having success on various record charts. Contestants like Anaís Martínez and Cristina Eustace have been nominated to Latin Grammy Awards, while Anaís, Marlon Fernández, and Juan Vélez have been nominated for Billboard Music Awards. Season 1 contestant Kany García has been perhaps the most successful artist from the show, despite being the first contestant eliminated. She has gone on to record three successful albums and has been nominated to 2 Grammy Awards and 6 Latin Grammy Awards, winning two of them.
- Similar shows
- Past winners
- 2004: Janina (Puerto Rico)
- 2005: Anaís (Dominican Republic)
- 2006: Marlon (Cuba)
- 2007: Juan (Puerto Rico)
- 2008: Cristina (Mexico)
- 2009: Fabian (Puerto Rico)
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