MIAMI — The last U.S. broadcast network to hold out against the rage for talent competitions has seemingly given in.
Not entirely though.
Rather than produce a separate show, Spanish-lingo net Univision is incorporating a songster competish as a segment of the long-running, top-rated variety show “Sabado Gigante.”
“Sabado Gigante” creator and host Don Francisco has showcased budding talent before, even featuring different acts and inviting his studio audience to vote for their favorite. But “Gigantes del Manana” (Future Stars), structured more along the lines of “American Idol,” is a new step.
“Sabado Gigante” held talent searches in Dallas, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, and Puerto Rico, looking for talent aged 18-25.
Twenty-four contestants will face three celebrity judges as they compete for a grand prize of $15,000 and a recording contract with Univision Music Group (which will lead, one might assume, to airplay on Univision Radio Group).
The segment will preem Oct. 25 during “Sabado Gigante,” which airs Saturday nights from 8 to 11 p.m.
Over the course of three months, judges Marco Flavio Cruz, a music producer, Karen Guindi, a producer, composer and executive, and Flor Ivon Quezada, a singer, composer and actress, will narrow the group down to six semifinalists, who will compete during a fourth month.