Sophomore, Aurora Benitez-Parra, competed on Tengo Talento Mucho Talento on Nov. 12. Filmed in Los Angeles California, Tengo Talento Mucho Talento is a talent show broadcasted in Spanish on Estrella TV.
“I used to watch the program and dreamed of being on it. It was very exciting to be on a show of that level and to come out as a semifinalist. I’m very happy with my results,” Benitez said.
Contestants battle for a $100,000 grand prize and the launch of a professional career. Benitez audition and participated in the elimination and quarterfinals rounds. The judges: singers Ana Bárbara and Pepe Garza, Joss Favela, and Comedian Don Cheto, eliminated her during the semi-final rounds.
“I’ve never been on a televised talent show before so the audience looking at me and the cameras recording me while I sang was all new to me. Also, the people from my home country, Venezuela, voting for me made this show a great experience,” Benitez said.
Even though Benitez didn’t win the show and its prize money, she still looks forward to continuing her music career by singing in church and in events that invite her. During events, she hopes people to recognize her for her talents.
“I would like to do a lot more concerts for the people who have supported me on the show. I went there on purpose to expose my talents, and his has advanced my career because of the experience and exposer it gave,” Benitez said.
Benitez respects all the artists in the industry, but the biggest influence in her music is her dad.
“I started singing because of my father. He would always sing around the house, and I sang with him. He was very happy when I was on the show and still encourages me,” Benitez said.
Benitez aspires to make it “big” one day by preparing for her performances and showing the best to the public.