Who are all the winners of “The Academy” and what they spent their prize on

Not all the former Academicians who are still in force were winners. (Photos: Instagram @_carlosrivera / @raul_sandoval777 / @jolettenavarrete / @tonitamusic1 / @yahirmusic / @victorgmusicaof)
Not all the former Academicians who are still in force were winners. (Photos: Instagram @_carlosrivera / @raul_sandoval777 / @jolettenavarrete / @tonitamusic1 / @yahirmusic / @victorgmusicaof)

The most famous singing reality show in the country will return in 2022 on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of the first generation. Between speculations about who will be the critics that will make up the jury panelwhich stars are going to lead the show and when it will start, they are currently looking for the best singers to be part of The Academy 20 years.

The ambitious program hit the small screen in 2002 without imagining that just a few weeks later it would become a phenomenon in Mexico, the United States and Latin America with a duration of 12 generations. The impact of reality began before the premiere, when Aztec TV announced that castings would be held in certain states to find future music stars and in this way hundreds of artists were brought together with a single purpose, to have an opportunity within the industry.

(Instagram photo: @anabarbaramusic, @soylolacortes, @algavito)
(Instagram photo: @anabarbaramusic, @soylolacortes, @algavito)

Every generation of The academy left unforgettable moments, from controversies between contestants and critics, even torrid romances. Although many gained great popularity, not all performers continued their artistic careers after they were eliminated, including some winners.

Below we tell you who the winners of each generation were and what some of them did with the financial prize they received.

The singer is 41 years old. (Photo: @myriammontecruz_/Instagram)
The singer is 41 years old. (Photo: @myriammontecruz_/Instagram)

The first generation of The academy left a mark on television motivating the creation of more programs of the same nature. After several concerts, scolding and learning, only five contestants made it to the grand finale: nadia lopez took fifth place; Although many considered that Jahir was going to win, was in fourth position; Miguel Angel surprised with third place, while Victor Garcia Y Myriam Montemayor they competed for the prize.

In the end, the Monterrey native captivated the public with her performance. In addition to the monetary award that she received, she also signed a contract with EMI Music and since then she has released about 13 record productions, and she continues to perform on stage. Víctor García also received a prize of one and a half million pesos.

I distributed them. The truth is that I have never seen so many zeros on a card.one day they gave me a little card and pure numbers, pure zeros”, stated in the walker. The actor confessed that he spent the prize with his family and friends until he realized that it was not infinite.

Erika Alcocer in VLA Photo: Instagram/@rerikaalcocerl
Erika Alcocer in VLA Photo: Instagram/@rerikaalcocerl

After the success achieved, the program continued with new contestants and Freddy, Manuel, Marco, Rosalía and Erika were the five performers who managed to stay in the competition until the end. This time it was Erika Alcocer who took the grand prize. After his participation, he also signed a contract with a record label and in 2003 he released bring me back to life, his first album. She currently continues to build her career as a singer.

Carlos Rivera and Cynthia Rodríguez have few photos together (Photo: screenshot)
Carlos Rivera and Cynthia Rodríguez have few photos together (Photo: screenshot)

Among the small group of former academics who managed to succeed in the music industry is Carlos Rivera, the winner of the third generation. After she finished the reality show, she established the foundations of her career in Mexico, but it was not until she managed to star in the staging of The Lion King in Spain when he gained international fame.

Among his songs stand out I was waiting for you, Let ours stay ours, I’m dying, It’s you, Remember me, to mention a few. Also He has been involved in controversy over his courtship with Cynthia Rodríguez and his statements about Hiromia singer he met inside the house of the show.

“I always told my sister and my mom. Years before all this. I told them ‘One day I’m going to win the Academy, mom, and the day I win I’m going to pay for your house. Because she had that ISSSTE credit that she had about seven years to pay […] I paid for my mom’s house, I paid for my sister’s college. I always told him: ‘One day I’m going to win The academy and I will pay you. The first thing I’m going to do is buy my mom’s house and pay for your degree’”, Carlos Rivera recalled in an interview with Juanpa Zurita.

Before being part of the reality show, Erasmo Catarino was a second grade teacher. (Photo: FB/Erasmo Catarino)
Before being part of the reality show, Erasmo Catarino was a second grade teacher. (Photo: FB/Erasmo Catarino)

Thus came one of the most controversial generations of the entire reality show that stood out for the differences between the contestants and critics. Among the finalist singers were Jolette, Yuridia, Adrian, Cynthia Rodriguez, Edgar Y Erasmus Catarino.

“My children, my wife and your servant have a good life, I can’t say luxurious, but thanks to music I am financially well, stable. Y we have looked for a way to manage ourselves, to saveto start businesses”, he told the YouTube program Margarita Music.

The following season he was crowned the winner Samuel Castellia native of Veracruz who, after participating in the show, released his first album My story at the Academyunder the seal of UniversalMusic. However, she decided to take a slightly different course and compose songs for television programs within TV Azteca.

The singers continued their relationship outside of reality and unfortunately ended up involved in the controversy over alleged physical attacks. (Photo: @mariferalvo/Instagram)
The singers continued their relationship outside of reality and unfortunately ended up involved in the controversy over alleged physical attacks. (Photo: @mariferalvo/Instagram)

The final of the sixth generation was involved in controversy because the most beloved couple in reality disputed the prize. It was about nothing more and nothing less than Luis Fernando, better known as Paolo Bottiand Maria Fernanda, among them was also Fabiola. Opinion was divided, but in the end the public decided on the now member of The Sonora Santanera by Carlos Colorado.

Since Giovana Paz won The academy He has stayed away from the spotlight despite the fact that he managed to conquer the public with his performances. The singer competed for the grand prize with Sebastián, Napoleón and Agustín.

The winner of the eighth generation is the sister of Ana Bárbara. (Photo: @esmeoficial/Instagram)
The winner of the eighth generation is the sister of Ana Bárbara. (Photo: @esmeoficial/Instagram)

Over time, the reality show positioned itself among the public’s favorite programs, becoming almost a television classic, so the production continued to search for the best singers for a few more years. On the occasion of Bicentennial of the Independence of Mexico a special program was prepared where participants from Mexico, Argentina, Spain, Guatemala, Chile and other Latin American countries met.

Carolina Soto, Paolo Ragone and Esmeralda Ugalde made it to the last concert and the public vote gave victory to the native of San Luis Potosí. At the moment Esmeralda Ugalde continues to work in the artistic field but in another facet, she is the host of group heart.

After passing through "The academy" he continued to develop his artistic talent as an actor. (Photo: @elericksandoval/Instagram)
After passing through “La Academia” he continued to develop his artistic talent as an actor. (Photo: @elericksandoval/Instagram)

Cecilia de la Cueva, Ronald Martínez, Gil Álvarez, Carmen Ríos, Pablo Balzano and Erick Sandoval were the singers with the greatest growth in reality in 2011, but in the end only one managed to be crowned the winner. It was Erick Sandoval, a native of Mexicali, Baja California.

After passing through The academy He continued with his solo career and thanks to the information on his social networks it is known that he continues to perform in shows.

Among his best-known songs are "I should have", "what the hell were you thinking" Y "defend yourself". (Photo: @alexismontoya2.0/Instagram)
Among his best-known songs are “Debí”, “What the hell did you think” and “Defend yourself”. (Photo: @alexismontoya2.0/Instagram)

The Academy 10 years adorned himself with driving Ingrid Coronado and Fernando del Solar. By 2012, the former presenters had formed a family with their two sons: Paolo and Luciano; unfortunately their marriage ended three years later. The three finalists were Selene Fitch, originally from Baja California Sur, Chucho Rivas and AlexisMontoya, the latter being the one who won a million pesos.

The singer usually shares fragments of his presentations on his Instagram account, a platform where he has more than 43 thousand followers.

The winner returned to "The academy" for a special participation, he was present at the castings that took place in his country. (Photo: @soypaolamusic/Instagram)
The winner returned to “La Academia” for a special participation, she was present at the castings that took place in her country. (Photo: @soypaolamusic/Instagram)

The 2018 season was characterized by the fact that a foreign contestant won. It was nothing more and nothing less than Paola Chuc del Cid, a native of Guatemala who not only shocked her native country with her interpretations, she also stole the hearts of Mexicans. The winner reached the final along with Alexis Cristóbal, Katheryn Banegas and Dalia Duarte.

In the last generation of "The academy"the winner was Maria Fernanda "Dalu" Borunda Medina (Photo: Instagram @laacademiatv)
In the last generation of “La Academia”, the winner was María Fernanda “Dalú” Borunda Medina (Photo: Instagram @laacademiatv)

In 2020, what was considered the last generation of The academy Y the first place winner was Dalú. The singer from Culiacán, Sinaloa, shone on the prestigious stage with her performances, leaving Angie Cruz and Carlos Torres in second and third place respectively.

The interpreter continues with her solo career and a few weeks ago she surprised her fans with great news, she will become a mother for the first time in 2022.

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