Univision Announces 12 Finalists in `Nuestra Belleza Latina' Competition

Mon Mar 31, 2008 9:00am EDT

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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:

Username: bellezalatina2008
Password: univision

   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

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