Where do great ideas originate? Are they always unique in nature or are they some of the best compendiums that have already been tried and combined with others to produce a new, improved hybrid?
If we take a close look at TV Azteca Internacional’s latest hot property, we’ll actually find three ideas forming the current concept. The original was probably hatched in Europe about a decade ago with a version pitting the top terpsichoreans of several cities , located in different countries, competing against each other for bragging rights and cash prizes.
Fast forward to 2013. We find an amazing amalgam of ‘So You Think You Can Dance?’, the flash mob fad, and south-of-the-border’s unique style fused into a competencia-con-altruisma concept called ‘Mexico Baila.’
The initial season, about to begin, features a very unusual format.Each of the first nine shows will find three of the twenty-seven chosen Mexican states’ teams competing against each other for the right to move into the semifinal round against the other eight survivors. The semi-finalists, using the same three-at-a-time formula will be reduced to the three finalists competing head-to-head-to-head for the grand prize of ONE MILLION pesos!
Voting will follow the plan established by U.S.-based talent shows (like ‘American Idol,’ for example). Viewers will vote for their favorite via text message during the showing of the segment on Azteca 13 (Saturday evenings from 6:00-8:00 PM, local time, beginning June 1st) and, as used to be said about Chicago elections (albeit this time legally), they are urged to vote early AND often. Each fan can vote unlimited times for their choice.
What they are voting for is a group of people ‘dancing’ on behalf of their state AND a worthy cause. The definition of dancing needs a bit of clarification. TV Azteca will be sending a cadre of choreographers to each competing locale for a week’s worth of instruction for the contestants in what can best be described as rhythmic movements that enhance the music to which they are performed. They will ultimately be filmed from several angles, not the least of which will be from above. It is anticipated that hundreds, if not thousands, of performers will be part of each state’s team vying to move on to …and win…the championship finale.
The Club de Ninos y Ninas Seccion Rosarito is Baja California’s worthy cause. Members of their team can come from any portion of the state…including the major population centers: Tijuana, Mexicali, Tecate, Ensenada and the host city of Rosarito. In addition, U.S. residents are eligible to compete as long as they fill out the simple no-charge, one-short-page, registration form. There is no doubt that stirring rationales will be offered by the Club’s supporters on the night that their segment airs (still to be determined), but the competition will be fierce as every potential recipient of the funds needed to complete their individual projects will be eminently worthy.
In the meantime, being part of the effort is the first step. For more information, please contact Rosy Torres, the President of the Rosarito Boys and Girls Club via e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone, in Mexico at: (661) 850-1773. You can also contact Priscilla Sperry, Rosy’s U.S.assistant, at: email@example.com or at (619) 887-9288.
TV Azteca’s instructors will meet with all those interested in participating at the centrally located Reforma Soccer Field (just an easy twenty-minute drive south of the San Ysidro border crossing) from 4:00 PM on Monday, June 3rd. The times for practice have all been scheduled so as not to interfere with school or work. EVERYONE (participants of all ages) is invited to be part of this fun, healthy, and noble endeavor. The final dress rehearsal will be on Tuesday, June 11th, and the filming of the performance-to-be-televised will be at the iconic Rosarito Beach Hotel’s pier and beach on Wednesday , June 12th. The date when the segment will be aired is still to be determined. Only votes entered during the actual airing of the competencia involving Rosarito’s club will be officially counted.
You can find out more information about the worthy cause by clicking onto: www.clubnyn.org and the filming site by visiting: www.rosaritobeachhotel.com
For those who believe in helping Baja’s next generation realize their full potential, moving for good…theirs and yours…could well be the best way to make it happen!!!
UPDATE: the first segment of ‘Mexico Baila’ was aired on Saturday evening, June 1st. The competing states were Jalisco, Vera Cruz, and Estado de Mexico. The winner, moving on to the round of nine, was Estado de Mexico. The revenue share for each of the two runner-up cities worthy cause (Guadalajara and Xalapas, respectively), generated by voter’s text messages entered during the show, was 100,000 pesos each.