As we Latinos know, Telenovela stars are among the most sexy, hot, emotional and extreme that tv offers. Seems like the rest of America will soon be made aware of that when the premiere of VH1’s “Viva Hollywood” airs on Sunday, April 13th at 10:30pm. VH1 is in search for America’s “numero uno telenovela star” and the series will document the journey to stardom of the 12 lucky contestants.
The Viva Hollywood cast compiled of bilingual Latino and Latina aspiring telenovela stars: Alexcy, Berto, Enrique, Geovannie, Gisel, Jainmy, Kalain, Janet, Jenn, Roseny, Silvia and Vinci will move into the “Casa De Locos” where they must master the “7 Deadly Sins of Telenovelas:” passion, lust, charisma, drama, fire, seduction and scandal. These “sins” are disciplines each
cast member must learn in order to capture the over-the-top style of a true telenovela star and impress the celebrity judges. These celebrity judges include actress and singer Maria Conchita Alonso and actor singer/song-writer Carlos Ponce. Celebrity astrologer and Latino legend, Walter Mercado, will appear in each episode to give the contestants guidance on their journey
and alert the cast of their upcoming challenges. Sofia Vergara, Daisy Fuentes, Angelica Vale, Charo, Christian De La Fuentes, Lorena Rojas, Maria Celeste Arraras and Perez Hilton have signed on as celebrity guests as well.
Vh1’s Jeff Olde commented on the reasoning behind the show:
“Each day, an astounding two billion people around the world watch telenovelas which are a vibrant and historic part of the Latino community. We wanted to tap into and expand on the
passion that surrounds this phenomenon,” said Jeff Olde, Executive Vice President
, Original Programming and Production, VH1. “If you love telenovelas, you will love this show, if you never heard of a telenovela you will love this show because the stakes are huge with a real chance at international superstardom and that is an appeal and a hook that is universal.”
In the end, only one contestant will win the honor of being named “Nume
ro Uno Telenovela Star,” and a prize package that includes a contract with Telemundo and a role in one of their upcoming telenovelas, representation from artist management company Latin World Entertainment , a year’s lease at one of Miami’s hottest condominiums, the Flamingo South Beach and a cash grand prize of $100,000.