La academia USA

La academia USA

"La academia USA" is the first musical reality show with only Hispanic contestants launched by Azteca America in October 2005. The auditions were done nation-wide and a total of 30 people were chosen to go to Mexico where they would have to spend a week working hard and showing all of what they had inside to be chosen to the final 18.

The first La academia USA concert was on November 20, 2005.

A week before the first concert, there was a special show that lasted two hours. In that show, footage from the auditions was shown. At the end, 12 of the 30 were eliminated leaving the lucky 18 that Azteca America had chosen to become the first generation of La academia USA.

One of the participants was Michael Muenchow, who was previously on Telemundo's song-based reality show "Nuevas Voces De America" in 2005; he was one of the 18 selected. Michael lives in San Antonio, Texas and made it to the top 13 final singers, before being expelled. His vote off was one of the results that caused the most uproar among viewers and the teachers alike. This was also true for the premature elimination, in the eleventh concert, of Diana, whom many thought would become the winner of "La academia USA" for her great voice, big popularity among the public and the good comments by the critics.

After three months of competition "La academia USA" came to an end, crowning Mariana Vargas as winner of the Latin Reality Show. As the winner and runner-up, Mariana and Gustavo respectively received contracts with Warner Music for the release of an album.

After the show ended and after the cancellation of the highly anticipated "La Academia Hot-Tour" many of the ex-students of "La academia USA", including Michael, Diana, Frankie, Fatimat, Jazmin, Alex ("El Chino") and Nohelia were called back to continue singing together for their fans across the United States. Among other projects is the formation of a band by joining the voices of Iván, Adán, Catalina and Heloisa.

Being a Latin American event and taking place in an ethnically diverse country, "La academia USA" featured participants born in different Latin countries, or at least with Latin roots: Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Colombia, Puerto Rico, the Dominican Republic and Brazil.

Frankie Alvarado in 2007 Frankie participated in a duet with Spanish Pop rock singer Diana Mera; the song is called "20 Pedacitos".


First Show (Duets)

1- Jazmin & Fatimat- seemed to be tired, which was reflected in their performance.2- Nohelia & Mariana- seemed to be lack of voice3- Gustavo & Carlos- lack of feelings4- Ivan & Catalina- she was yelling; he did well5- Bianca & Michael- no connection between them6- Frankie & Alejandro- Atrocious7- Adan / Yoshigei- no voice or feelings8- Heloisa & Gabriel- no voice; only looks.

**Neither Diana's or Afid's critiques appeared on sources**

Second Show (solo's from here on)

-Good Work:

Expulsion Order

*:colorbox|red The contestant was expelled
*:colorbox|gold The contestant won the competition
*:colorbox|gray The contestant was a runner-upHeloisa Alves was an anchor for the sports show Los Protagonistas a Nivel mundial for TV AZTECA AMERICA during the 2006 Soccer World Cup, and she won the Miss Brazil USA contest on November 2007. Heloisa has recorded commercials for Bally Total Fitness, and she has done publicity for Cingular Wireless.

Participants (2005-2006)


* Blanca Mariana Vargas Grajeda


* 2nd place: Gustavo Alfonso Amezcua Fuentes
* 3rd place: Nohelia María Sosa Guerrero
* 4th place: Afid Ferrer Ávalos
* 5th place: Yoshigei Cázares Silva


* Jazmín Olivo Ceballos
* Francisco Alvarado Rivera (Frankie)
* Adán Castillo
* Iván Quiñonez (ivannkie)
* Diana Galindo Martínez
* Heloisa Lopes de Oliveira Alves
* Catalina Naranjo
* Michael Anthony Muenchow
* Gabriel Juan Rodríguez Policastro
* Alejandro Hernández López (El Chino)
* Carlos Soto García
* Bianca Filio Martínez
* Fatimat Aihassan Villanueva

External links

* [ - "La academia USA" Official Site]

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