It looks like Porterville's got talent.
Agustin Ruiz, a native of Porterville and a student at the local college, was selected last week as the winner of the ninth season of "Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento," the Spanish-language version of "America's Got Talent." The competition show airs on EstrellaTV, seen locally on KFRE (Channel 59.2).
To take home the $100,000 grand prize, along with a car and a one-year singing contract, Ruiz had to best other singers plus dancers, magicians, gymnasts and comedians. The process of selecting the participants began with auditions across the United States. Three judges composer Pepe Garza, singer Don Cheto and singer Ana Bárbara decided who had enough talent to continue to the quarterfinals and continue their dream of becoming an artist.
The series comes from LBI Media, the largest producer of Spanish television programming in the United States. The company owns and operates nine television stations and 22 radio stations in 21 of the top 25 Hispanic markets.
Estrella TV on KFRE can be seen over the air via an antenna on 59.2 or on Comcast Channel 198.
Jeff Rossen, an investigative reporter for "Today," was in Fresno recently to interview members of the California Department of Motor Vehicles' investigative team about their investigations into odometer tampering. The report aired Monday morning on the NBC morning news program.
Rossen reported 200,000 car odometers are rolled back every year across the country and that's costing car buyers $760 million.
Tom Wilson, the head of the DMV Investigations Division in Fresno, showed Rossen just how easy it has become to roll back the odometer reading, especially in cars with digital readings.
You can watch the report at www.today.com.
You can be a star
Auditions will be held early in 2014 for the 11th season of the FOX series "So You Think You Can Dance."
There could be more dates added, but for now the closest tryout will be at the Orpheum Theatre in Los Angeles on March 23.
Registration begins at 8 a.m. If you are making the drive from the Fresno area, you should make arrangements to stay for at least two days following the initial audition in the event of a callback.
Dancers either must be U.S. citizens, legal permanent residents of the U.S. or possess current legal Employment Authorization Cards enabling them to seek employment freely in the U.S.. You must be between the ages of 18-30. Dancers must provide legal proof of age when they register.
Check www.fox.com/dance for full eligibility rules and for additional audition cities and dates.
Auditions for the ninth season of the NBC series "America's Got Talent" also will begin in early 2014. If you want to try out for the series, the closest auditions will be Feb. 8-9 at the Los Angeles Biltmore.
For updates, registration forms, audition tips, venue information and to submit an online audition, go to www.AGTAuditions.com. If you can't get to the audition, you can submit an online video at www.AGTAuditions.com/submitvideo/.
TV and movie critic Rick Bentley can be reached at (559) 441-6355 or firstname.lastname@example.org.