Adios to My Old Life
MTV, 2006 (2006)
Reviewed by Lyn Seippel
eventeen year old Alegrķa Montero - a singer and guitar player - is one of 15 singers chosen from 40,000 contestants to become the next Latina Superstar. She never expected to get this far so she didn't tell her overly protective only parent that she had entered. Papi, a college music professor, shares his musical gift by teaching and doesn't understand Ali's need to perform.
hen Ali gets the invitation to join the production crew for final preparation in the upcoming
Oye Mi Canto
, she knows the time has come to tell her dad - who will probably ground her for life instead of allowing her to go. Fortunately, Elaine, his friend and fellow music professor at Florida International, is there when Ali opens the envelope and jumps in to be her surrogate mother, a position she often takes. She agrees to go along as chaperone while Ali prepares for the competition.
oised to win the final competition, Ali finds herself caught up in a whirlwind of make-up, wardrobe fittings, media interviews, and online fan blogs. She also finds herself the target of professional jealousy and sabotage. Is being an entertainer worth the price?
Oye Mi Canto
-type show, makes an exciting backdrop for this story of a proud Cuban American teenager. Though her life has been sheltered by her doting Papi, when facing adversity, Ali holds her own and remains true to her values.
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