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Star Academy, called Operación Triunfo ("Operation Triumph") in Spanish-speaking countries, is a highly successful television pop music talent contest with viewer voting and reality show elements.


There are many versions of the Star Academy or Operación Triunfo show, each country having its own slight variations, but the basic concept remains the same: contestants live in a boarding-school called "The Academy", managed by a director, and various teachers coach them in several artistic disciplines. The participants are filmed with cameras throughout the day and night (an idea borrowed from another of Endemol's major reality shows Big Brother). Once a week, the contestants have to face a prime time show, where they sing the song they've prepared during the week before, as well as recapping their trials and tribulations at The Academy from the past week. The live show will often feature special guest stars, with whom some of the contestants have the opportunity to sing. Based on the judges' verdicts and viewer voting, the weakest contestant is dropped. The eventual winner is awarded a record deal and usually some amount of money.


The public entity RTVE participated with Gestmusic, a Spanish branch of Endemol, in the development of a music program in 2001. The objective was to promote three musical careers and to find the new representative of Spain in the Eurovision Song Contest. After carrying out a series of auditions for thousands of people throughout Spain, on October 22, 2001, the first Operación Triunfo series on Spanish Television (La 1) began airing. A total of 16 contestants were candidates for the prize. Although production company Gestmusic created the format, Star Academy first premiered in France on October 20, 2001, two days before Operación Triunfo began airing in Spain.[1]

Star Academy has reached markets as different as India, the Arab World and the United States, becoming the first Spanish format ever acquired by these countries. This show is similar to the Idols franchise, but different in that it also shows the contestants' lives together in the "Academy" where they are trained; American Idol shows nothing of the contestants' personalities or relationships with each other. Star Academy is in essence a singing competition, where the lowest vote-receiver each week must leave the show, ending finally when only one person remains.

In 2011, most Star Academy series outside of Africa and the Middle East were phased out in favor of another musical competition format from Endemol, The Voice. In 2017, the series was revived in Spain after six years of absence.

Star Academy around the world[edit]

There were more than 30 franchises of Star Academy all around the world, with 103 winners. Just the Spanish one is still going on.

     Currently airing franchise
     An upcoming season
     Franchise no longer in production
Region Local name Channel Winner Main Presenters
Project Fame
DStv (Live)
United States The Africa Channel (Broadcast in 2008)

Season 1, 2004: Zambia Lindiwe Alam

James Alexander
Vusi Twala
Arab Maghreb[3] Star Academy Maghreb
Tunisia Nessma TV

Season 1, 2007: Morocco Hajar Adnane

Nabila El Kilani
Arab League Arab world[4] Star Academy Arabia
EgyptCBC (starting season 9)

Season 1, 2003–2004: Egypt Mohamed Attia
Season 2, 2004–2005: Saudi Arabia Hisham Abdulrahman
Season 3, 2005–2006: Lebanon Joseph Attieh
Season 4, 2006–2007: Iraq Shatha Hassoun
Season 5, 2008: Tunisia Nader Guirat
Season 6, 2009: Saudi Arabia Abdulaziz Abdulrahman
Season 7, 2010: Syria Nassif Zaytoun
Season 8, 2011: Egypt Nessma Alaa Mahgoub
Season 9, 2013–2014: Egypt Mahmoud Mohey
Season 10, 2014: Egypt Mohamed Chahine
Season 11, 2015–2016: Lebanon Marwan Youssef

Hilda Khalife
 Argentina Operación Triunfo
Argentina Telefe
Uruguay Canal 4
DirecTV (Live) (Season 4)

Season 1, 2003: Claudio Basso
Season 2, 2004–2005: José García
Season 3, 2005–2006: Benjamín Rosales
Season 4, 2009: Cristian Manuel Soloa
Season 5, 2012–2013: Fans

Alejandro Wiebe, "Marley" (Season 1–4)
Germán Paoloski (Season 5)
Star Academy Wallonia

Season 1, 2002: Mélanie Martin's

Plastic Bertrand
Star Academy Flanders
Kanaal Twee

Season 1, 2005: Katerine Avgoustakis

Walter Grootaers
 Brazil FAMA
Rede Globo
SKY (Live)

Season 1, 2002: Vanessa Jackson
Season 2, 2003: Marcus Vinícius
Season 3, 2004: Tiago Silva
Season 4, 2005: Fabio Souza

Angélica Ksyvickis

 Bulgaria Star Academy
Nova Television
Nova+ (Live)
CableTel (Live)
Season 1, 2005: Marin Yonchev Maria Ilieva
Star Académie

Season 1, 2003: Wilfred Le Bouthillier
Season 2, 2004: Stéphanie Lapointe
Season 3, 2005: Marc-André Fortin
Season 4, 2009: Maxime Landry
Season 5, 2012: Jean-Marc Couture

Julie Snyder

 Chile Operación Triunfo

Season 1, 2003: Mónica Rodríguez[5]

Álvaro Escobar

East Africa[6] Tusker Project Fame
M-Net (Africa) (Season 1)
Kenya NTV (Season 1)
Kenya Citizen TV (Season 2–5)
Burundi RTNB (Season 5)
Tanzania Channel 10 (Season 1)
Tanzania StarTV (Season 2–3, 5)

Tanzania TBC (Season 4)
Uganda UBC (Season 1, 4)
Uganda WBS (Season 2–3)
Uganda NTV (Season 5)
Rwanda Rwanda TV (Season 3–5)
South Sudan SSTV (Season 4)
South Sudan Channel 146 (Season 5)

Season 1, 2006: Kenya Valerie Kimani
Season 2, 2008: Uganda Esther Nabaasa Mugizi
Season 3, 2009: Rwanda Alpha Rwirangira
Season 4, 2010: Uganda Davis Hillary Ntare
Season 5, 2012: Kenya Ruth Matete

Gaetano Kagwa (Season 1)
Fumnilayo Raimi (Season 2)
Mich Egwang (Season 3–5)
Sheila Mwanyigah (Season 3–5)
Tusker All-Stars
(All-Stars Format)

Season 1, 2011: Davis Ntare, Peter Msechu & Alpha Rwirangira

Gaetano Kagwa
Eve D'Souza
 France Star Academy
TF1 (Season 1–8)
NRJ 12 (Season 9)

Season 1, 2001–2002: Jenifer Bartoli
Season 2, 2002: Nolwenn Leroy
Season 3, 2003: Elodie Frégé
Season 4, 2004: Grégory Lemarchal
Season 5, 2005: Magalie Vaé
Season 6, 2006: Cyril Cinélu
Season 7, 2007–2008: Switzerland Quentin Mosimann
Season 8, 2008: Mickels Réa
Season 9, 2012–2013: Laurène Bourvon

Níkos Aliágas (Season 1–8)
Mathieu Delormeau (Season 9)
Tonya Kinzinger (Season 9)
 Georgia ვარსკვლავების აკადემია
Varskvlavebis Akademia
Rustavi 2

Season 1, 2008: Dito Lagvilava
Season 2, 2009: Cancelled[7]

Sopho Khalvashi
Giorgi Qorqia
 Germany Fame Academy
Tele 5
MTV2 Pop

Season 1, 2003–2004: Become One[8]

Nova Meierhenrich
Fame Story ANT1
Star Academy - Super Star Academy
Epsilon TV
Plus Channel Cyprus
  • Menios Fourthiotis
 Hungary Star Academy Magyaroszag

Season 1, 2016: Renáta Szőcs

Nóra Ördög
 India Fame Gurukul
SET India

Season 1, 2005: Qazi Touqeer & Ruprekha Banerjee

Mandira Bedi (Season 1-Celebrity)
Manav Gohil (Season 1-Celebrity)
Celebrity Fame Gurukul
(Celebrity Format)

Season 1, 2005: Amit Sareen

 Italy Operazione Trionfo
Italia 1

Season 1, 2002: Bruno Cuomo

Miguel Bosé
Star Academy
Rai 2

Season 1, 2011: Cancelled

Francesco Facchinetti
 Kazakhstan Жұлдыздар фабрикасы
Juldizdar Fabrikasi


Season 1, 2011: Alisher Egemberdiev

 Mexico Operación Triunfo

Season 1, 2002: Darina Márquez

Jaime Camil

Fabrica de Staruri
Prime TV
2 Plus

Season 1, 2008–2009: Alexandru Manciu
Season 2, 2010: Alexandru Belenki
Season 3, 2012: Moldova Alexandru Mataev

Andreea Raicu (Season 1)
Dan Negru (Season 2)
Marius Vizante (Season 3)
 Netherlands Star Maker

Season 1, 2001: K-otic[9]

Gijs Staverman
Star Academy

Season 2, 2002: Cancelled

Danny Rook
 Peru Operación Triunfo
América Televisión

Season 1, 2012: Mayra Alejandra Goñi

Gisela Valcárcel
 Philippines Pinoy Dream Academy
Studio 23

Season 1, 2006: Yeng Constantino
Season 2, 2008: Laarni Lozada

Nikki Gil (Season 1–2)
Toni Gonzaga (Season 1–2)
Bianca Gonzalez (Season 1)
Sam Milby (Season 1)
Roxanne Barcelo (Season 1)
Billy Crawford (Season 2)

Pinoy Dream Academy: Little Dreamers
(Kids Format)

Season 1, 2008: Philip Nolasco

 Poland Fabryka Gwiazd

Season 1, 2008: Martyna Melosik

Maciej Rock
 Portugal[10] Academia de Estrelas

Season 1, 2002–2003: Mané Crestejo

Teresa Guilherme
Academia de Famosos
(Celebrity Format)

Season 1, 2003: Romana

Paulo Pires
Operação triunfo

Season 1, 2003: Sofia Barbosa
Season 2, 2003–2004: Sofia Vitória
Season 3, 2007–2008: Vânia Fernandes
Season 4, 2010–2011: Jorge Roque

Catarina Furtado (Season 1–2)
Sílvia Alberto (Season 3–4)
 Romania Star Factory
Prima TV

Season 1, 2003–2004: Alex Velea

Laura Iordache
Virgil Ianțu
 Russia Фабрика звёзд
Fabrika zvyozd

Channel One

Season 1, 2002: Pasha Artemyev[11]
Season 2, 2003: Polina Gagarina
Season 3, 2003: Nikita Malinin
Season 4, 2004: Irina Dubtsova
Season 5, 2004: Kazakhstan Victoria Dayneko
Season 6, 2006: Belarus Dmitry Koldun
Season 7, 2007: Ukraine Anastasiya Prikhodko

Yana Churikova
Фабрика звёзд. Возвращение
Fabrika Zvyozd. Vozvrachtcheniè

(All-Stars Format)

Season 1, 2011: Kazakhstan Victoria Dayneko

Yana Churikova
Новая Фабрика звёзд
Novaya Fabrika zvyozd


Season 1, 2017: Guzel Hasanova

Ksenia Sobchak
Фабрика звёзд. Россия-Украина
Fabrika Zvyozd. Rossiya-Ukrayina

(All-Stars Format)
Russia Channel One
Ukraine Novyi Kanal

Season 1, 2012: Russia

Russia Yana Churikova
Ukraine Dmitry Shepelyov
Operación Triunfo
TVE (Season 1–3, 9–)
TeleCinco (Season 4–8)

Season 1, 2001–2002: Rosa López
Season 2, 2002–2003: Ainhoa Cantalapiedra
Season 3, 2003–2004: Vicente Seguí
Season 4, 2005: Sergio Rivero
Season 5, 2006–2007: Lorena Gómez
Season 6, 2008: Virginia Maestro
Season 7, 2009: Mario Álvarez
Season 8, 2011: Paraguay Nahuel Sachak
Season 9, 2017–2018: Amaia Romero
Season 10, 2018–2019: Upcoming season

Carlos Lozano (Season 1–3)
Jesús Vázquez (Season 4–7)
Pilar Rubio (Season 8)
Roberto Leal (Season 9)

Fame Factory TV3

Season 1, 2002: Magnus Bäcklund
Season 2, 2003: Anders Johansson
Season 3, 2004: Johan Becker
Season 4, 2005: Sandra Oxenryd

Bert Karlsson

 Turkey Akademi Türkiye

Season 1, 2004: Barış Akarsu

Öykü Serter
Star Akademi Türkiye
Kanal 1

Season 2, 2008: Bahadır Sağlam

Star Akademi
Star TV

Season 3, 2011: Giray Songül

 United Kingdom Fame Academy
BBC Three

Series 1, 2002: David Sneddon
Series 2, 2003: Alex Parks

Cat Deeley Patrick Kielty

Comic Relief Does Fame Academy
(Celebrity Format)

Series 1, 2003: Will Mellor
Series 2, 2005: Edith Bowman
Series 3, 2007: Tara Palmer-Tomkinson

Cat Deeley (Season 1–2)
Patrick Kielty (Season 1–3)
Claudia Winkleman (Season 3)

Fame Academy Bursary

Series 1, 2003: Vishal Gopal
Series 2, 2003: Shona Kipling
Series 3, 2003: Daniel Allinson
Series 4, 2003: Daniel Powell
Series 5, 2003: David Rimbault

No presenters
 Ukraine Фабрика зірок
Fabrika Zirok

Novyi Kanal

Season 1, 2007–2008: Olga Tsibulska & Alexander Bodyansky
Season 2, 2008: Vladimir Dantes & Vadim Oleynik
Season 3, 2009: Latvia Stas Shurins
Season 4, 2011: Yulia Rudneva

Andriy Domansky (Season 1, 3)
Dmitry Shepelev (Season 2)
Vasilisa Frolova (Season 1)
Masha Efrosinina (Season 3)
Oleksandr Pedan (Season 4)
Erika (Season 4)
Фабрика Суперфiнал
Fabrika Superfinal

(All-Stars Format)

Season 1, 2010: Oleksiy Matias

Masha Efrosinina

Україна сльозам не вірить
Ukraine Does Not Believe in Tears

Season 1, 2010: Volodymyr Kozhevnikov

Masha Efrosinina
Serhiy Prytula
Oleksandr Pedan

 USA The One: Making a Music Star
Canada CBC

Season 1, 2006: Cancelled[12]

George Stroumboulopoulos
 Vietnam Star Academy: Ngôi nhà âm nhạc

Season 1, 2012: Phạm Quốc Huy

Yến Trang
Tuấn Tú
Star Academy Vietnam: Học viện ngôi sao

Season 1, 2014: Hoà Nguyễn (Hoà Minzy)
Season 2, 2015: Nguyễn Ngọc Thảo Nhi

Dustin Nguyễn
Tú Linh
West Africa[13] Project Fame West Africa
Ghana TV3 (Season 1–3)
Ghana Metro TV (Season 4–present)
Liberia Clare TV (Season 1–3, 5–present)
Liberia SKY TV (Season 4)
Nigeria AIT (Season 1–5)
Nigeria GET TV (Season 5–present)
Nigeria MiTV
Nigeria NTA
Nigeria Nigerzie
Nigeria ONTV
Nigeria Silverbird
Nigeria SoundCity
Sierra Leone ABC TV (Season 1–3)
Sierra Leone SLBC (Season 4–5)

Season 1, 2008: Nigeria Iyanya Mbuk
Season 2, 2009: Nigeria Mike Anyasodo
Season 3, 2010: Nigeria Chidinma Ekile
Season 4, 2011: Nigeria Monica Ogah
Season 5, 2012: Nigeria Ayobami Ayoola
Season 6, 2013: Nigeria Olawale Ayodele
Season 7, 2014: Nigeria Geoffrey Oji
Season 8, 2015: Nigeria Jeffery Akor
Season 9, 2016: Nigeria Okiemute Ighorodje

Dare Art Alade (Season 1)
Funlola Raimi (Season 1)
Joseph Benjamin (Season 2-present)
Adaora Oleh (Season 2–6)
Bolanle Olukanni (Season 7-present)
Bosnia and Herzegovina Croatia Republic of Macedonia Montenegro Serbia
Western Balkans[14]
Операција триумф
Operacija Trijumf

Serbia B92
Croatia Nova TV
Montenegro TV In
Bosnia and Herzegovina FTV/RTRS
Republic of Macedonia A1 TV

Season 1, 2008–2009: Bosnia and Herzegovina Adnan Babajić

Ana Mihajlovski
Nikolina Pišek
Milan Kalinić
Maca Marinković


  1. ^ "Second season of Star Academy TV show starts". VTV. 18 August 2015. 
  2. ^ Pan regional version with 11 African countries involved: Botswana, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  3. ^ Adaptation for the Maghreb area. Countries taking part: Tunisia, Algeria, Libya and Morocco.
  4. ^ Arab world version, with 19 contestants chosen from the Arab world countries taking part in it (watching, voting and/or with a contestant): Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, UAE and Yemen.
  5. ^ Mónica Rodríguez was chosen as the winner by the jury, however César Ávila was the most voted by the public.
  6. ^ Joint version with contestants from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.
  7. ^ The five-storey building housing Georgia's "Star Academy" collapsed on April 26, 2009, during production of the show's second season. Two people on the production staff were killed, and the series was cancelled out of respect to those that were affected by the collapse. There were eight contestants that were remaining in the competition at the time of the show's cancellation.
  8. ^ (resulting six-member band).
  9. ^ Resulting a seven-member band.
  10. ^ Endemol produced two versions for each channel.
  11. ^ Pasha Artemyev decided to share the award with the other finalists and to create the band Korni.
  12. ^ ABC canceled the series after four episodes due to low ratings, and no results were announced. There were ten contestants remaining in the competition at the time of the show's cancellation.
  13. ^ Joint version with contestants from Ghana, Liberia, Nigeria and Sierra Leone.
  14. ^ Joint version with contestants from Serbia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Macedonia.

Parodies of Star Academy[edit]

  • Mexico: Aperración al Triunfo
  • France: StarLoose Academy, Vedette de Star
  • Greece: Super Star Academy

Special concerts of Star Academy[edit]

Country Concert Winner
 Spain "Gala de los ganadores" (The Winners Gala) No winners
 France EUROBEST Chenoa (from Spain)
 France WORLDBEST Elodie (from France)


Country Contestant Song
 Spain Chenoa (finalist of Operación Triunfo 1) "It's Raining Men"
 Belgium Mélanie Martin's "Like a Prayer"
 United Kingdom Lemar (finalist of Fame Academy 1) "With or Without You"
 Portugal Mané Crestejo and Lília Matos "Sussudio"
 Greece Notis Christodoulou "1,2,3… Maria"
 France Nolwenn Leroy "I Will Always Love You"
 Netherlands Sita Vermeulen "All I Wanna Do"
 Russia Korni "We Will Rock You"
 Italy Bruno Cuomo "Sorry Seems to Be the Hardest Word"

"Gala de los ganadores" (The winners gala)[edit]

Country Contestant Song
 Spain Ainhoa Cantalapiedra "Sobreviviré"
 Mexico Darina Márquez "Mujer contra mujer"
 Brazil Vanessa Jackson "De volta pra mim"
 Italy Bruno Cuomo "L'atmosfera"


Country Contestant Song
 Spain Miguel and Davinia (Operación Triunfo 3's finalists) "As"
 Argentina Emanuel (finalist of Operación Triunfo 1) "Feel"
 United Kingdom Alistair (Fame Academy 2's finalist) "Everything I do"
 Brazil Nalanda (finalist of FAMA 1) "Whenever"
 Chile Mónica Rodríguez "Lady marmalade"
 France Elodie Frégé "S'il suffisait d'aimer"
 Lebanon Bruno (Star Academy 1) "The cup of life"
 Russia Yulia Savicheva(finalist of Fabrika Zvezd 2) "Thorn"
 Mexico Darina Márquez "Hero"
 Canada Wilfred Le Bouthillier and Marie-Elaine "Turn around"
 Germany Become One "Fame"

See also[edit]