I'm sure all Mexicans and perhaps many Latin Americans are familiar with the talent show "La Academia". I myself have never seen one before, but we have an exactly similar show here in Malaysia (AKADEMI FANTASIA), where at the moment I am suffering from a severe "withdrawal syndrom" after the final show last week I even went to the stadium to watch the live concert
I'm guessing our format here is exactly as the one in Mexico where 12 students are trained in a music "academy" with a concert + elimination at the end of every week. It's a HUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUGE phenomena in Malaysia, nowadays most of the students seem A WHOLE LOT more famous than even the most high-profile artistes around. I think why the show appeals a lot to the public is that the students are very eager to learn, and not simply crazy for fame. Plus, having a dedicated satellite TV channel solely to the show 24/7 certainly helped the show a lot. I guess it's a bit like Idol + Big Brother.
Our first season of MALAYSIAN IDOL (based exactly on UK/US versions) has just started. I sense that the Idol show can never match Akademi Fantasia as it seems to be lacking glamour. Also, I don't really agree on the concept that the Idol show is more keen on selecting a Malaysian representative to World Idol rather than what's best for the local music scene. Compared to Akademi, the contentants here look very desperate and seem to cry for "pick me!!!".
There's also the INDONESIAN version of the show, called Akademi Fantasi, shown on Indosiar TV. They are now in the 3rd season, one season ahead of what we have in Malaysia.
Then there is also the BRITISH version. But the concept seems to have been changed slightly.
Tell me about ACADEMIA versions in YOUR country!
How's the craze like at your end??? How does it compared to the "Idol" series???