Objetivo Fama (sometimes abbreviated as OF, Spanish for Goal Fame) is a Puerto Rican singing talent contest that has been on air for over five years on WLII, the Univision outlet in Puerto Rico; and on Telefutura in the mainland United States. It is produced by Soraya Sánchez and Nelson Ruiz ES Television.
The program was loosely inspired by the late Puerto Rican singing talent contest and variety show, Voces en Función, and the Spanish reality show, Operación Triunfo. Twenty or so contestants are "bunkered" in a studio/house where they will live together for several months while participating in a weekly show where one of them is eliminated, en route to find a "young star". The winner of the show gets a record deal from Univision Music Group. The show's fifth season began in February 9, 2008.
Contestants are evaluated by a panel of judges, and viewers can vote on who they want to stay or leave the competition. Also, during the week they are assisted by singing and dancing teachers, stylists, costume designers, personal trainers, etc. in the studio/house to help them shape and improve their talent and image. The show is often said to be the Spanish version of American Idol, although technically speaking, the official Spanish version of that show is Latin American Idol.
After each presentation, each contestant is evaluated by the three judges. At the end of the show, the judges announce which contestants are "threatened" to leave the studio/house. Viewers then have one week to call and "save" their favorite contestant. The show closes with a performance by a guest artist.
| Objetivo Fama Finalists|
(with dates of elimination)
|Season 1 (2004)|
|Janina Irizarry||WinnerApril 24|
|Sheila Romero||2nd Place|
|Ektor Rivera||3th Place|
|Daniel Rodríguez||4th Place|
|Juan "Tony" Cordero||April 17|
|Héctor Gotay||April 17|
|Luis Montes||April 17|
|Lizzette Medina||April 10|
|Natalia Acosta|| Disqualified|
|Zania Sala||March 27|
|Yaddeliz Martínez||March 20|
|Elliot Suro||March 13|
|Dominic Padilla||March 6|
|Charlie Rodríguez||February 28|
|Janayra Reyes||February 21|
|Alex Soto||February 14|
|Jencelamary Rivera||February 7|
|Encarnita “Kany” García|| Disqualified|
|Season 2 (2005)|
|Anaís Martínez||WinnerMay 1|
|Azucena Salazar||2nd Place|
|Jayro Rosado||3th Place|
|Rodolfo Castera||4th Place|
|Esteban Nuñez||April 23|
|Carmen Rivera||April 23|
|Rosangela Abreu||April 16|
|Tairon Aguilera||April 9|
|Natalie Amaya||April 3|
|Carlos Rubén Salazar|| ''Disqualified|
|Emilio Acevedo||march 26|
|Carlos Alberto Aldana||March 26|
|Wenceslao Navarro||March 19|
|Karol De Jesús||March 19|
|Verónica Zavala||March 12|
|Marland Rodríguez||March 5|
|Luis Angel López||February 26|
|Priscila Salisbury||February 19|
|Angélica Pacheco||February 12|
|Darla Delgado||February 5|
|Season 3 (2006)|
|Marlon Fernández||WinnerMay 14|
|Patricia “Patty” Contreras||2nd Place|
|Arquímides González||3th Place|
|Mary Ann Acevedo||4th Place|
|Jenilca Giusti||May 6|
|José Barraza||May 6|
|Helen Ochoa||April 29|
|Patricia Mercado||April 29|
|Edwin Gómez||April 22|
|Brigitte Dávila||April 22|
|Sunel Molina||April 15|
|Ronald Martínez||April 15|
|Francisco Salicrup||April 8|
|Ediberto Carmenatty|| Disqualified|
|Soledad Sosa|| Disqualified|
|Josué Muñoz||March 18|
|Melanie Figueroa||March 11|
|Elionaid Iñiguez||March 4|
|Gustavo Gutiérrez||February 25|
|Guadalupe Castro||February 18|
|Season 4 (2007)|
|Juan Antonio Vélez||WinnerMay 20|
|Iván Oswaldo López||2nd Place|
|Víctor Antonio Santiago||3rd Place|
|Nat Vásquez||4th Place|
|Frances Marrero||May 12|
|José Luis Vargas||May 5|
|Erica Gonzaba||April 28|
|Ramón Alberto García||April 21|
|Arturo Guerrero||April 14|
|Natalia Herrera||April 7|
|Luz María Aguilar||March 31|
|Nathalie Rodríguez||March 31|
|Aidsa Rodríguez||March 24|
|Edgar Alberto Pérez||March 24|
|Jorge Ochoa||March 17|
|Héctor Arreguin||March 17|
|Marissa Meza||March 10|
|Lizmarie Goldilla||March 3|
|Julissa Morel||February 24|
|Marleen Salinas||February 17|
|Season 5 (2008)|
|Cristina Eustace||WinnerMay 18|
|Samuel Colón||2nd Place|
|Yaindhi Álvarez||3rd Place|
|Jonathan Rios||4th Place|
|Jometh Andújar||May 10|
|Javier Baerga||May 3|
|Karen Rodríguez||April 26|
|Sammy Genao||April 19|
|Yerly Burgos||April 12|
|Josué Pérez||April 5|
|Leonardo Méndez||March 29|
|Yaritza Rodríguez||March 29|
|Luis Javier Chávez||March 22|
|Diana Mercado||March 22|
|Ronny Mercedes||March 15|
|Magdalena León||March 15|
|Blanca Rosa Alfonso||March 8|
|Dalila Santa María||March 1|
|Alfredo Lomelli||February 23|
|Luz Leguizamo||February 16|
The winner of the show was Janina Irizarry (also known as simply Janina), but several of the contestants have released their own albums having different levels of success. As of 2007, Janina has released two successful albums.
Early on the show, one of the contestants Encarnita “Kany” García suffered a car accident, which forced her to abandon the competition. She was in intensive care for some time and managed to recover. She has turned since into a much sought composer/songwriter. She even wrote a song for Janina's first album. García released her first album in 2007 which includes the hit "Hoy ya me voy". The album has been a success in Puerto Rico and Latin America.
Charlie Rodríguez was the first contestant of the show to release his own album and has also become a successful composer. He is currently working in his second album.
After the show, Luis Montes, Elliot Suro and Daniel Rodríguez went on to join Puerto Rican boy band, MDO. They released a successful album titled Otra Vez which peaked some music charts in Latin America. Their follow-up, Sabe A Tí, was released in 2008.
Also, both of the finalists (Sheila and Ektor) have recorded albums. Ektor is currently working with producers Luny Tunes for his next album.
Also, Zania Salas has turned into a producer of shows at Nickelodeon.
The winner of the show was Dominican Anaís Martínez, but - like the first season - several of the contestants have already launched their own musical careers. Anaís is widely considered to be the most successful winner of the show.
Carlos Rubén Salazar was disqualified from the competition when he abandoned the house to see a girl friend (one of the show dancers). He is the brother of first finalist, Azucena. They have been working together on several musical projects, even playing at the White House in an activity in 2006. Azucena released her first album in 2008.
Two of the other finalists, Jayro and Esteban, have released albums in the island. Another of the finalists, Rodolfo Castera, has worked hosting several events in the island and is currently finishing acting classes. Rosangela Abreu recorded a duet with famous Salsa singer, Gilberto Santa Rosa. Both Esteban and Rosangela auditioned for the 2007 season of Latin American Idol, but Rosangela was the only one chosen finishing in third place.
Wenceslao Navarro has continued to work with his band and has released an album after the competition finished. Tairon Aguilera has dedicated himself to songwriting. He has written several songs for some of his fellow competitors of the show from past and future seasons. Emilio Acevedo is one of the singers of a merengue group called Zone D' Tambora, produced by Elvis Crespo.
In early 2007, the husband of Carmen Rivera was killed when he apparently intervened in a bar fight.
During the show, Soledad Sosa was disqualified when she left the studio/house with her husband. She alleged that she couldn't stand being away from her husband. Shortly after, she got pregnant but had a miscarriage.
Ediberto Carmenatty was also disqualified when a medical condition forced him to do so. He has since recovered and is currently living in Ponce, Puerto Rico.
Also, Gustavo and Jenilca started a relationship during the show. Gustavo is currently working on an album while also preparing for some acting projects.
Helen Ochoa and Melanie Figueroa started working on a project called "Dos Destinos". However, Figueroa's complications with her condition of lupus forced her to abandon the project. Ochoa has continued with the project and plans to release an album in early 2007. Figueroa is currently recovering.
Unlike previous seasons, this one opened in Los Angeles, California on February 3, with a pre-show where they presented the 30 semi-finalists chosen on the auditions through the United States and Puerto Rico. The 20 winners were announced and given a chance to perform.
The season officially opened in February 10. The weekly shows were aired from the Centro de Bellas Artes of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, alongside the new building of the Univision station in Puerto Rico. So far, the judges agree that the competitors of this season are more consistent than in past ones.
Sin Editar, the weekly show where they follow the contestants lives at the studio/house and their rehearsals during the week, this year was broadcast every Friday, and hosted by Daniela Droz.
One of the highlights so far is the relationship started between Juan Vélez and Erica Gonzaba. In March 17, they had a chance to perform together the song "Devuélveme la Vida" from Antonio Orozco, which garnered them much praise and applause from both the judges and the audience. Vélez, winner of the show, had the chance to perform the song together with Orozco himself in the finale.
After the show, finalists Juan, Iván, and Víctor, have all released successful albums. Juan sold out several shows at the Luis A. Ferré Performing Arts Center in San Juan, and had a concert at the José Miguel Agrelot Coliseum.
This Fifth season was hosted by Yuri. The winner of the show was Mexican Cristina Eustace. It featured returning judges Roberto Sueiro and Fernando Allende. Mexican singer Jimena will replace Hilda Ramos. Still, Ramos has been featured weekly in the show Sin Editar offering her critics to the contestants.
The 20 final contestants were officially announced on February 2, 2008, during a show at the Puerto Rico Convention Center and the show officially began on February 9, 2008. A few days before, contestant Lorenzo Mendez was disqualified from the show because he was already signed to a record label. Ronny Mercedes was selected to replaced him.
On May 14, 2008, four days before the final show of the season, host Yuri announced that she had been fired from the show. Charytin will replace her for the final show. At the same time, the credibility of the show was questioned after a video mentioning the four finalists with two weeks of anticipation surfaced on YouTube. The video was prepared by Pepsico as a promotion for a contest. The producers of the show have denied giving them any information about votes and results.
On August 21st, Soraya Sanchez announced that the 5th season of Objetivo Fama, has been it last. She said that the show should end while it is known as a phenomenon in Puerto Rico and the United States.