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Gran Cunado was a segment of the TV program from Argentina Showmatch, hosted by Marcelo Tinelli. It had 19 participants, began broadcasting on 11 May 2009 with a 31.9 rating and a peak of 46 points. The program consisted of a series of comedians characterized as Argentina's most prominent politicians, including parodies of various cliches. With those imitators they made a parody of the reality show Big Brother, especially the stay of participants in a "house" where he pretended to live, and a regular nomination process through which one participant was eliminated at a time. The triumph belonged to the imitation of Francisco de Narvaez, by Roberto Pena.

The program was broadcast for much of the electoral campaign for the legislative elections in Argentina in 2009 and given its huge success several media suggested that it influenced to some degree its development. Several of the parodied political made statements on the program, and some even visited it in person.


The imitations of politicians were made by various comedians of the program, disguised in ways that grotesquely mimicked the look of major Argentine politicians of the time. The scripts were written by cartoonist Cristian Dzwonik, known as "Nik". Their dialogues and behaviors were based on cliches made from well-known events or quotes of them. For example, the imitation of Nestor Kirchner frequently used the phrase "Que te pasa Clarin, estas nervioso?!" , reflecting the conflict between the Argentine government and Grupo Clarin. The specific phrase was used several times by Kirchner during a ceremony in the town of Tres de Febrero, shortly after the kirchnerist defeat in the elections at catamarca. Another example, one of the first commercials by Francisco de Narvaez used the slogan "votame, votate" which prompted his imitator to use other verbs in verbal forms like, or even the phrase "Alica, Alicate" that sounds similar in spanish.

The imitations were developed in two main contexts, the "house" and nominations, both parodies of similar procedures performed in the reality show Big Brother. The "house" showed politicians in a simulated environment of everyday life, where all of them would live together. There were discussions taking place, parties, jokes among politicians, etc. The house was also the place were it was announced which politicis were nominated out of it and which ones were not, which was used to show various reactions.

The nominations were processes in a group of selected participants and allowed people to vote through a phone number what should "leave the house", which then ceased to be part of the program.

One of the drawbacks of the format of the program was that some politicians (like Cristina Fernandez and Macri) were interpreted by the same comedian, wich prevented both being used simultaneously. This was resolved by not nominating politicians in this situation at the same time (the composition of the groups nominated was not controllable by the public), and using an extra actor at the house without speech lines assigned.

The group of politicians elected in the beginning did not include Gabriela Michetti or Pino Solanas, who achieved notoriety soon after. The program office decided to include imitation by Anita Martinez and Toti Ciliberto respectively, but only for scenes in the "house" without incorporating them into the system of nominations. It was also included an imitation of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, the only non-argentine politician parodied in the program.

Political opinions

"Gran Cunado" generated quite a stir in the real political world, and several leaders expressed positive or negative opinions about the program. The Minister Anibal Fernandez criticized the parody of President Cristina Fernandez, arguing that "In some ways I think there were excesses, should be regulated because it is the President, and other things, was very successful: we must be fair to those things". Shortly after he recanted on the use of the word "regulate", but insisted that the presidential parody should be removed from the program. The Vice President Julio Cobos was also uncomfortable with his respective parody, considering that it portrays him as indecisive or hesitant. Nestor Kirchner had no opinion on the program, arguing that he never saw it. For his part, opposition leaders De Narvaez, Elisa Carrio and Macri took the program with humor.

Other criticisms leveled against the program did not target the program itself but its impact on society, criticizing that in an election campaign imitations in Gran Cunado were an issue of debate more discussed than the political projects of candidates.

Invited politicians

In the early days of the start of the program Francisco de Narvaez met his imitator at the program "Intrusos". The success of that meeting led to a new variant that was added to the program: the "Right of Reply", in which politicians wishing to do so could be invited to attend and interact with their imitators or imitations of the other politicians.

The first politician to appear on the agenda was, again, De Narvaez, June 4. He was followed 4 days later by the rural leader Alfredo de Angeli, along with his brother. On 11 and 15 June were presented Kirchner politicians Sergio Massa and Daniel Scioli. On 16, 18 and 22 was the turn of "Union PRO" politicians Felipe Sola, Gabriela Michetti and Mauricio Macri, who played a song of Queen. The last one was Carlos Alberto Reutemann at 23. Until last time June 25 (at midnight began the electoral ban) it was speculated that Nestor Kirchner would perform in the program, but there was only a phone call.

There were no appearances of politicians after the election, but telephone contact. De Narvaez, Macri and Sola were contacted on 29 after his victory, and the last day of the program.

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