Wednesday, February 27, 2008
7 News Features: International Idol
It began with the British breakout show Pop Idol. More than six years later, the Idol franchise has ignited the world. Your passport's stamped, here's International Idol.
WSVN -- From Miami to San Diego, coast to coast, Idol is everywhere.
And we mean everywhere.
Latin American Idol: "Latin American Idol. Chile, Mexico. El Salvador es la proxima Latin American Idol."
Idol is a hit that knows no borders. With 40 versions, you can travel anywhere in the world and still get your idol fix, and you don't need a translator to figure out what's going on.
Thousands of contestants, three opinionated judges.
"You have the voice of an angel, but you look like a hobbit."
Wow, that guy's channeling Simon.
You look like one of those bush babies."
And of course, millions of fans.
Host: "La primera Latin American idol es ... Mayre! ("The first Latin American idol is ...)"
Venezuelan hottie Mayre Martinez took the crown in Buenos Aires, Argentina, joining an Elite group of global idol winners hoping to become South America's Kelly or Carrie.
Jon Secada: "There's talent everywhere. Really, honestly, that's the beauty of the whole thing."
You may recognize this face and this voice. South Florida's Jon Secada is one of the judges on Latin American Idol.
Jon Secada: "Being a judge has been such a blast, and, again, those 30 seconds when the contestant walks through the door and they go to the middle of the floor, you don't know what's going to come out of the person's mouth."
Jon Secada: "When you got it, you got it."
You either got it, or you don't.
Jon Secada: "It's based on talent, it's based on spontaneity. It's based on what people think or don't think that they can do with their voice."
Does this guy look like Borat or what!?
Jon Secada: "Bad singers and clowns and people that just completely make a fool of themselves here, happens in every language."
Jon's being honest but not mean.
Jon Secada: "I've been told that because of my career and my education I'm kind of like, I guess, an educated Paula, so to speak."
Got that judge, nasty?