Univision Announces 12 Finalists in `Nuestra Belleza Latina' Competition
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Contestants Representing Different Cities Across the U.S. and Puerto Rico Compete for $200,000 in Cash and Prizes MIAMI--(Business Wire)-- The Univision Television Network announced today the 12 finalists who will compete in "Nuestra Belleza Latina" (Our Latin Beauty), the innovative program that combines the glamour of a beauty competition with the excitement of reality television. Hosted once again by popular Univision personality Giselle Blondet, "Nuestra Belleza Latina" airs weekly on Fridays from 10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT (9:00-10:00 p.m. Central) on the Univision Network. Representing the most captivating and dynamic Hispanic women from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico, the 12 finalists are: from New York, NY - Manuela Arbelaez (Colombian), Leana Astorga (Nicaraguan), and Zoila Ceballos (Dominican); from Chicago, IL - Jannett Manzanares (Mexican); from Miami, FL - Dayami Padron (Cuban); from Orlando, FL - Genesis Seguias (Venezuelan); from Brownsville, TX - Emeraude Toubia (Mexican/Lebanese); from Sacramento, CA - Dayanira Varela (Mexican); from Las Vegas, NV - Leticia Castro (Mexican); and from Puerto Rico - Melissa Marty, Aideliz Hidalgo, and Natalia Rivera. These 12 lucky finalists will share a beautiful Miami mansion as they prepare for this fierce competition. Viewers, who have made "Nuestra Belleza Latina" the # 1 show in its time slot among all Adults 18-34 since its premiere, will get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look as the contestants face a series of weekly challenges that will test their talent and character. These beauties will work to perfect their voice and diction, runway walk, consult with stylists and make-up artists, sharpen their dance, singing and acting skills, and undergo a rigorous fitness routine. Viewer participation will be a key factor in helping the panel of celebrity judges, which includes the beautiful and former Miss Universe, Lupita Jones, film and television, heartthrob Julian Gil, and, Latin America's most renowned and ever controversial beauty coach, Osmel Sousa, decide who should be crowned the next Latin beauty. In the grand finale, the contestant with the most votes will win the coveted title of "Nuestra Belleza Latina 2008" and receive $200,000 in cash and prizes including a contract as Univision's newest on-air personality. "The second season of Univision's 'Nuestra Belleza Latina' is already off to a great start, and is once again an audience favorite," said Alina Falcon, executive vice president and operating manager, Univision Network. "But what makes it even more attractive is how successfully we have been able to work with our key marketing partners to develop exiting new ways to integrate their powerful brands." This season's sponsors, which include AT&T, JCPenney, Garnier Fructis, Maybelline New York, and State Farm, are providing the winner of "Nuestra Belleza Latina" with an array of cash and prizes. Additionally, Univision is working closely with sponsors to co-create individualized programming content that seamlessly integrates each of their brands into the show via sponsored challenges, which the contestants will face on a weekly basis. Alejandra Espinoza, winner of the first season of "Nuestra Belleza Latina," will play an active role in this year's program. She has become a welcome new personality on Univision since winning the competition, making regular guest host appearances on popular Univision programs such as "El Gordo y La Flaca" (The Scoop and the Skinny), working as a special correspondent for a variety of other shows, and presenting on the youth award show "Premios Juventud". In addition, she has graced the pages of numerous magazines including People en Espanol and Ocean Drive en Espanol, among others. Online and mobile integration brings "Nuestra Belleza Latina" fans all of the excitement and glamour of this beauty competition 24/7. Univision.com (Uniclave: Nuestra Belleza) features contestant coverage, including must-see moments from the auditions, interviews and video highlights. For those fans on-the-go, Univision Movil offers extensive content, including a dedicated mobile site and video clips exclusively available to AT&T subscribers. Mobile fans will also be able to vote for their favorite contestants via text message, receive SMS alerts and download voice tones and wallpapers of the finalists. To download pictures of the show please visit: -0- *T ftp.univision.net Username: bellezalatina2008 Password: univision *T Univision Communications Inc. is the premier Spanish-language media company in the United States. Its operations include Univision Network, the most-watched Spanish-language broadcast television network in the U.S. reaching 99% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network, which was launched in 2002 and now reaches 89% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 64 television stations in major U.S. Hispanic markets and Puerto Rico; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 70 radio stations in 16 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 5 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, La Calle Records and Mexico-based Disa Records as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at www.univision.com. Univision Communications also has a 50% interest in TuTv, a joint venture formed to broadcast Televisa's pay television channels in the U.S. Univision Communications has television network operations in Miami and television and radio stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States. For more information, please visit: www.univision.net Univision Communications Inc. Elizabeth Sanjenis, 305-471-4086 firstname.lastname@example.org Copyright Business Wire 2008