Venezuela Launches Reality Show to Pick Theme Songs for Maduro’s Sham Election

Venezuela’s socialist government announced this week the launch of a reality TV show called “. M factorIn , local musicians compete to have their songs part of dictator Nicolas Maduro’s official soundtrack for the upcoming fake presidential election.

Upcoming weekly reality show, Maduro regime officials announced Tuesday’s broadcast will begin on April 28th and end on June 15th. Casting for participants in the show will take place from Friday, April 12th to Sunday, April 14th.

The program will be broadcast on television, which is part of the socialist regime’s large state-run media organization. TVes was launched in 2007 after late dictator Hugo Chávez forced the closure of his RCTV, Venezuela’s oldest television channel, and took control of the channel’s broadcasting infrastructure.

In the end, three men and three women will be chosen as winners of the reality show, and their original songs, regardless of music genre, will participate in President Maduro’s election campaign, said socialist lawmaker and host Winston Varenilla. I explained that it would happen.

“The way Venezuela has lived has given rise to the theme. Hope is in the streets and has become the music and lyrics of all genres,” Varenilla said. “The theme must be about the homeland, Venezuela and the revolution.”

Varenila explained that the “award” will “accompany the President of the Republic during this historic campaign” and lead “an original musical production.”

Winners also have the potential to advance their artistic careers and record songs with regime-affiliated musicians such as Omar Enrique, Omar Acedo, and Antonio “Potro” Alvarez.

The show will be produced by Camila Fabbri, the wife of Alex Saab, Maduro’s top money launderer and “financial brain”. Saab was arrested by U.S. authorities in Cape Verde in 2020 on charges that he used the U.S. financial system to launder $350 million from Venezuela’s state treasury through shady affordable housing contracts.President Joe Biden’s administration released Saab was indicted in December as he was on trial in a U.S. court.

President Nicolas Maduro (left) of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela welcomes businessman Alex Saab at the Miraflores Palace in Caracas, Venezuela, on December 20, 2023. Colombian businessman and diplomat Alex Saab was released by Washington in exchange. Caracas agreed to release 36 people, including 12 Americans. (Photo credit: Pedro Rances Mattey/Anadolu, Getty Images)

Mr. Fabbri, an Italian national, is very active. I wanted Italian authorities investigated Saab on other money laundering charges.

Maduro’s government plans to hold a fake presidential election on July 28th. Maduro has nearly secured a new six-year term for himself by “running” in fraudulent elections against regime-approved “opposition” candidates and known collaborators.

The regime has barred María Colina Machado, the leading opposition candidate in Venezuela’s only mainstream center-right party, Vente Venezuela, from holding public office as punishment for calling for sanctions to be imposed on the rogue socialist regime in response to continued human rights. prohibited from running for office. violation.

Opposition coalition presidential candidate Maria Colina Machado speaks to supporters at an election event in Caracas, Venezuela, Tuesday, January 23, 2024. (Jesus Vargas/Associated Press)

The regime also banned Mr. Machado’s replacement candidate, 80-year-old academic Corinna Yoris, from registering as a candidate and withdrew her from the Venezuelan electoral district. without it In the upcoming fake election, it will be a powerful choice for voters. Many of Vente Venezuela’s directors are arrested Amid a wave of Maduro’s “Bolivarian Fury” crackdown on dissidents.

Six Venezuelan dissidents close to Machado remain protected at the Argentine ambassador’s residence in Caracas. The Maduro government responded as follows: cutting Access to water and electricity to the residence.President Javier Millay’s government officially I was demanded to The six were asked to be allowed to leave Venezuela safely, but the Maduro government had not responded to the request as of press time.

In October, the Biden administration made a series of vague promises to hold a “free and fair” presidential election in 2024. granted The Maduro government has effectively restored its main source of income through ongoing oil and gas sanctions relief measures. Sanctions relief will allow Venezuela to sell its oil freely in the U.S. and international markets. Biden has not lifted the sanctions, even though President Maduro has violated the agreement and barred legitimate opposition candidates from his “elections.”

The reality show’s debut follows years in which Venezuela’s socialist regime has produced original songs as propaganda pieces. In 2012, late dictator Hugo Chávez’s presidential election campaign song title”Chavez, Corazon del Pueblo” (“Chavez, Heart of the People”).

Men on motorcycles pass a mural depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) in Caracas, Venezuela, March 2, 2023.  - Massive protests were suppressed by the military and police, leaving dozens of people dead. Economic collapse. Failed parallel opposition government. international sanctions. Venezuela, led by his successor-designated President Nicolas Maduro, has been experiencing a decade of conflict since the death of Socialist President Hugo Chávez on March 5, 2013. (Photo by Miguel Zambrano/ AFP) (Photo by Miguel Zambrano/AFP via Getty Images)

Men on motorcycles pass a mural depicting late Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez (1954-2013) in Caracas, Venezuela, March 2, 2023. (MIGUEL ZAMBRANO/AFP via Getty Images) .

Maduro government makes official debut song 2018 Fake Election by Socialist Dictator “”Juntos, Todo es Posible” (“Together everything is possible”). President Maduro’s propaganda cartoon superhero alter ego, super bigot (“Super Mustache”), debuted His official salsa theme song is scheduled to be released in February 2023.

In 2017, the Maduro government adopted the global hit song “Despacito” and altered the lyrics to promote the regime’s campaign for a “constituent assembly” that would override the legislative powers of the then-opposition-led National Assembly. I made a version.

A revised version of “Despacito” contained pro-socialist lyrics and called for elections to a long-disbanded Constituent Assembly. As a result of this incident, the original performers of this song, Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee, Blame Unauthorized use of this song by the Maduro regime. President Maduro immediately responded: claim They claimed that the US forced the artists to denounce the regime’s use of the song.

Christian K. Caruso is a Venezuelan writer who chronicles life under socialism. You can follow him on Twitter here.