Regional Mexican star Gerardo Ortiz will return as a judge on Estrella TV’s reality competition show Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento, Billboard has learned.
Ortiz — who was a judge on the show in 2014 — returns for the 15th season, replacing Luis Coronel and sharing judging duties with singer Ana Bárbara, radio personality Don Cheto and producer and songwriter Pepe Garza, who is also the programming director at influential radio station Que Buena (105.5/94.3 FM) in Los Angeles.
Ortiz is returning to Tengo Talento following a growth spurt in ratings for the show, which delivered 167,000 viewers ages 18-49 in the season 14 premiere in April. Estrella TV belongs to broadcaster LBI Media Inc.
Tengo Talento, Mucho Talento is a multi-talent competition where contestants compete in a broad range of skills, from musical performances to juggling, vying for a $100,000 prize and a management contract. The roster of judges through the years most famously included the late Jenni Rivera and, most recently, Coronel. Season 15 will air Monday through Friday at 8 p.m. ET beginning Sept. 18 on Estrella TV.
Ortiz, of course, is perhaps the biggest Regional Mexican solo star today, but he’s been embroiled in myriad problems stemming from his controversial “Fuiste Mía” video, which was ultimately pulled down from YouTube.
Ortiz was briefly arrested in Mexico on July 16 and released the following day on charges of “criminal exaltation” for the video’s violent content.
Ortiz, who later apologized at a press conference, has seen his popularity undiminished, with “Fuiste Mía” entering the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot Latin Songs chart (this week it’s at No. 16).
“[Gerardo] knows what it takes to be successful in the music business and, as such, has the ability to help find the next U.S. superstar in Latin music,” said Lenard Liberman, CEO of LBI Media, in a statement.