Monchi Balestra

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Monchi Balestra
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Born Ramón Marcelo Balestra
(1967-10-08) October 8, 1967 (age 50)
Casilda, Santa Fe, Argentina
Occupation Television show host, television and radio personality
Years active 1980–present
Spouse(s) Julieta Camaño (2003–2012)
Children Augusto Balestra Rey
Valentino Balestra Camaño

Ramón Marcelo Balestra (born October 8, 1967 in Casilda, Santa Fe), better known by his stage name Monchi Balestra, is an Argentine radio personality and television host.

Life and career[edit]

1967–2000: Early life[edit]

Ramón Marcelo Balestra was born on October 8, 1967, in Casilda, a city in the province of Santa Fe, Argentina.[1] He's worked for several radio stations since he was thirteen. When he was eighteen he got his own radio station called FM TOP. At the age of 20 he went to California, United States, where he worked for many Latin radio stations. Then he came back to Santa Fe Province where he became a local celebrity. At this stage of his career he received his first nominations for Broadcasting and Martín Fierro Awards.

2001–2011: Mainstream success[edit]

In 2001, Balestra hosted the new version of Azul TV's Versus. He also hosted Yo te avisé in 2002, Lo mejor de la semana from 2002–2003 and worked for the cable channels Fox Sports Latinoamérica and Movie City. In 2005, he was the host of the Argentine version of Family Feud called 100 argentinos dicen, broadcast by Canal 13.[2] From 2006 to 2009, Balestra co-hosted Latin American Idol (the Latin American version of American Idol) with Erika de La Vega. On November 2, 2009 he came back as the host of the new game show Quinceañeras.[3] The show was suddenly canceled on May 22, 2010.

2012–present: Recent years[edit]

After a two-year hiatus, he came back as the host of Real o no Real,[4] a TV show where Internet videos were shown in order to identify which were real and which were fake. It was shown on El Trece in 2012. In 2013 he went back to Santa Fe to be the host of Rejugados, a local game show.[5] In 2013 he started hosting a radio show called En Acción. On 1 October 2014 this radio show began being shown on Canal 5 de Rosario.[6]



Year TV program Channel Notes
1994 Box music Galavisión Rosario Host
1995–1996 Va con vos Canal 3 (Rosario) Host
1997 Palo y palo America 2 Reporter
2000–2001 TVI Canal 5 de Rosario Host
2001–2002 Versus Azul TV Host[7]
2002 Yo te avisé Canal 9 Host[8]
2002–2003 Lo mejor de la semana Canal 9 Host[9]
2004 EX Fox Sports Latinoamérica Host
Señal superpremium de cine para Latinoamérica Movie City Host
2004–2005 100 Argentinos Dicen Canal 13 Host[2]
2005 El salón internacional del automóvil Canal 13 Host (Television Special)[10]
2006–2008 Latin American Idol Sony Entertainment Television Host[11]
2009 Un sol para los chicos Canal 13 Host (Television Special)
2009–2010 Quinceañeras Canal 13 Host[3]
2011 Conectados 360 360 TV Host[12]
2012–2013 Real o no Real Canal 13 Host[4]
2013 Rejugados El Tres Host[5]
2014 En Acción Canal 5 Rosario Host[6]


Year Radio Show Station Notes
1995–1997 La tarde de la vida FM Vida Host
1998–2000 La maquina del sonido FM Estación del Siglo 99.5 Host
1999 Delirantes LT8 – AM 830 Host
2001 Vamos que venimos Radio Show Host
2005 A jugar Radio del Plata Host
2013 - 2014 En Acción LT3 AM680 Host

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Extrañaba la televisión de aire, es una adicción (in Spanish)
  2. ^ a b Crítico por un día (in Spanish)
  3. ^ a b Niñas bonitas que compiten entre sí (in Spanish)
  4. ^ a b Monchi Balestra llega a El Trece con Real o no Real (in Spanish)
  5. ^ a b Llega "Rejugados" con Monchi Balestra, por El Tres Archived January 7, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. (in Spanish)
  6. ^ a b "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 16, 2014. Retrieved December 16, 2014.  (in Spanish)
  7. ^ "Versus" volvió con su estilo habitual (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Una trasnoche que atrasa (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Pantalla chica (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Breves (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Mustia versión latina de un éxito (in Spanish)
  12. ^ 360 TV lanza su programación (in Spanish)

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