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Univision seeking next 'Protagonistas,' details (English-Spanish)

By April MacIntyre Jul 26, 2011, 10:08 GMT

Univision Network is conducting nationwide auditions for this year’s new reality competition “Protagonistas” (Novela Stars).

A production of Univision Studios and Imagina US, the show invites young men and women from around the country to compete for the opportunity to become Univision’s next on-air “Protagonista” and make their onscreen network debut.

Nationwide auditions began Friday, July 22 and continue through Friday, September 23 via online virtual castings on Univision.com and through local, in-person auditions in six major U.S. cities and in Puerto Rico.

From Univision

Prior to the audition process, a traveling “Protacápsula” (Protacapsule) will simulate the audition experience in three major U.S. cities where participants will be able to showcase their talent and earn the right to be first in line at the auditions. 

Hosted by famed Mexican actor Ernesto Laguardia, “Protagonistas” will look for the country’s most talented men and women as they compete for an once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make their onscreen debut in one of Univision’s upcoming network productions. Hopeful young contestants from coast to coast will compete to make it to the top 20, from where only a lucky 12 will make the final cut and move into the exclusive “Protagonistas” studio house in Miami.

The road to stardom won’t be easy as the final six men and six women will need to learn how to live together and endure a number of challenges – from acting and dancing, to singing and hosting. With the guidance of an expert panel of judges, and professional coaches, the contestants will need to demonstrate why they are the next “Protagonista” in a house where friendships and loyalties will be set aside for the ultimate win.

Along with the “Protagonistas” panel of judges, viewers will decide on the fate of those eliminated. Every week, contestants will be asked to prove their talent and interpret scenes from some of Univision’s past top novelas. Then the judges will grade them and vote on who they choose to be the lowest performing contestant up for elimination.

The second contestant up for elimination will be determined based on how they score in cohabitation and how they get along with other contestants in the house. Then, in weekly eliminations, it will ultimately be left up to the audience to decide who gets to stay and who is sent packing.

Throughout the competition, viewers will get behind-the-scenes look at the trials, tribulations and emotional interactions between the house members, as well as the bonds that are born over time.

The show will follow the contestants’ every move with the latest in technology and 24-hour monitoring via 40 moving cameras and more than eight permanent cameras strategically located around the house.

Nothing will be kept a secret as cameras uncover the contestants in their real light and under the tensest of circumstances. In the grand finale, the contestant with the most viewer votes will be named Univision’s new “Protagonista.”

Those interested in getting a feel of the audition process can visit the show’s traveling “Protacápsula.”

Participants can step into the camera lens, literally, to an interactive capsule where participants’ talents will be recorded. Those who impress the producers with their recorded “Protacápsula” video can earn the chance to be first in line at the auditions. 

The “Protacápsula” will make stops in:

July 28, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA

July 30-31, 2011 – Phoenix, AZ

August 12, 2011 – Miami, FL

The “Protagonistas” auditions will be held throughout the country via:

Online virtual castings via Univision.com:

Users can submit their video auditions on Univision.com, keyword: “Protagonistas” through September 9 at 12:00 midnight ET.

Local market auditions in six cities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico:
All auditions will be held from 7:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon (local time). Dates are subject to change.

August 19, 2011 – New York, NY

August 26, 2011 – Chicago, IL

September 2, 2011 – Houston, TX

September 9, 2011 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

September 16, 2011 – Los Angeles, CA

September 23, 2011 – Miami, FL  

Participants can log on to www.Univision.com, keyword: “Protagonistas” for a registration form, rules and conditions, as well as a complete list of documents required at the time of audition. To audition, participants must be 18 to 28 years of age, and Spanish-speaking legal residents of the U.S. or Puerto Rico. All audition locations, dates and updates will be also available online and on mobile at Univision.com. Participants can also follow the route of the interactive “Protacápsula” on its nationwide road trip, and obtain details about where to find it in their local city.

Los que estén interesados en echarle un vistazo al proceso de audiciones pueden visitar la “Protacápsula” móvil del programa. Los participantes pueden ser captados por el lente de la cámara, literalmente, y entrar a una cápsula interactiva donde quedará grabado el talento de los participantes. Quienes impresionen a los productores con su vídeo grabado en la “Protacápsula” tendrán la oportunidad de ser los primeros en las audiciones.

La “Protacápsula” hará escalas en:

28 de julio, 2011 – Los Ángeles, CA

30-31 de julio, 2011 – Phoenix, AZ

12 de agosto, 2011 – Miami, FL

Las audiciones para “Protagonistas” tendrán lugar en todo el país vía:

Audiciones por Internet vía Univision.com:

Los usuarios pueden enviar el vídeo de sus audiciones a Univision.com, clave: “Protagonistas”, a través el 9 de setiembre a medianoche, hora del Este.

Audiciones en mercados locales en seis ciudades de todo Estados Unidos y Puerto Rico:

Todas las audiciones tendrán lugar de 7:00 a.m. a mediodía (hora local). Las fechas están sujetas a cambios.

19 de agosto, 2011 – Nueva York, NY

26 de agosto, 2011 – Chicago, IL

2 de setiembre, 2011 – Houston, TX

9 de setiembre, 2011 – San Juan, Puerto Rico

16 de setiembre, 2011 – Los Ángeles, CA

23 de setiembre, 2011 – Miami, FL

Los participantes pueden entrar en www.Univision.com, clave: “Protagonistas” donde encontrarán un formulario de inscripción, las reglas y condiciones, así como una lista completa de documentos requeridos al momento de la audición. Para audicionar los participantes deben tener entre 18-28 años de edad y deben ser residentes legales de los Estados Unidos o Puerto Rico, de habla hispana. Todos los lugares donde tendrán lugar las audiciones, las fechas y cambios actualizados también estarán disponibles por Internet y por plataformas móviles en Univision.com. Los participantes también pueden seguir la ruta de la “Protacápsula” interactiva en su viaje por toda la nación, y encontrar mayor información sobre dónde encontrarla en su ciudad.



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