Paraguay's Telefuturo scores big with La Academia Azteca format

Gabriel Miramar-Garcia | 06-06-2013

Paraguay's Telefuturo network has announced that Spanish-language TV producer Azteca's hit reality and talent series format La Academia Azteca has garnered more than 30 points in ratings and over 50% of share since it premiered 28 May.

Auditions were recently completed in several cities the length and breadth of Paraguay, with more than three thousand participants hoping to enter the La Academia House. The final 20 contestants will spend a four-month period being trained in various artistic fields while being monitored by closed circuit cameras as they undergo singing, dancing and acting lessons.
The multi-platform singing competition gives viewers the chance to see the makings of a star from start to finish. The viewers will decide who leaves La Academia each week during two live concerts. The winner will receive the coveted prize of a recording deal.
"This is a reality show never seen in Paraguay, and besides the talent competition there is also another ingredient that makes this show very special and that is the 24 hours coexistence," added Alejandro Stoessel, producer of the show.
Since its launch in 2002 La Academia Azteca has grown to be the number one entertainment show in Mexico and Central America, generating over ten million votes in its first season and winning audiences of more than eight million viewers. The show format has aired in over 20 countries including Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, India and China.