Rhythmic Voices Hit Disney's Fountain Stage as Six Finalists Compete in Univision's Mariachi Talent Contest

MIAMI--()--Nov. 21, 2003--Following local contests in 12 cities across the U.S., six contestants between the ages of 16 and 23 were selected to participate in the "Festival Mariachi desde Disney" talent competition. Premiering on Univision Network Sunday, November 30 at 7pm ET/PT, this 2-hour special includes performances by the greats Mariachi Vargas de Tecalitlan, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Cobre and a special presentation by Mexican superstar Ana Barbara.

The six finalists traveled to Disney World and trained under the direction of Steve Carillo, member of EPCOT's very own Mariachi Cobre for the past 21 years. Judged on voice quality, rhythm, intonation, appearance and knowledge of mariachi history, contestants vied for the grand prize of ten thousand dollars. Performing with Mariachi Fiesta Grande, the U.S. backup group used by legend Juan Gabriel, contestants faced celebrity judges.

On November 30, viewers will watch as the most talented contestant is named the winner of the "Festival Mariachi desde Disney." This special can be seen Sunday, November 30 from 7-9pm ET/PT (6-8pm Central / Mountain Time).

Contestants:

- Edward Castillo -Houston, TX

- Katherine Glen - New York, NY

- Sujei Alejandra Ramirez Gutierrez - Pomona, CA

- Joanna Martinez - Ft. Worth, TX

- Lorenzo Emmanuel Mendez - El Paso, TX

- Richard Ramos - Los Angeles

Judges:

- Ana Barbara, International Superstar

- Nati Cano of Mariachi Los Camperos

- Randy Carillo of Mariachi Cobre

- Pepe Martinez of Mariachi Vargas

- Felipe Orozco, Executive, Univision Music Group

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 97% of U.S. Hispanic Households; TeleFutura Network, a new general-interest Spanish-language broadcast television network reaching 78% of U.S. Hispanic Households; Univision Television Group, which owns and operates 23 Univision Network television stations and 1 non-Univision television station; TeleFutura Television Group, which owns and operates 30 TeleFutura Network television stations; Galavision, the country's leading Spanish-language cable network; Univision Radio, the leading Spanish-language radio group which owns and/or operates 66 radio stations in 17 of the top 25 U.S. Hispanic markets and 4 stations in Puerto Rico; Univision Music Group, which includes the Univision Records, Fonovisa Records, and a 50% interest in Mexico-based Disa Records labels as well as Fonomusic and America Musical Publishing companies; and Univision Online, the premier Spanish-language Internet destination in the U.S. located at http://www.univision.com. Univision Communications is headquartered in Los Angeles with network operations in Miami and television stations and sales offices in major cities throughout the United States.

For more information, please visit http://www.univision.net.

NOTE: The Spanish version of this release can be found at: http://www.hispanicprwire.com/spa/news_es.php?id=1698&cha=7

Contacts

Univision Network, Miami
Cristina Romano, 305/463-4608
marketingcomm@univision.net

Contacts

Univision Network, Miami
Cristina Romano, 305/463-4608
marketingcomm@univision.net