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Penélope Menchaca
Edward'O (2005–2017)
Maximilano Palacio (2010–2017)
Telemundo: January 2005 – September 2017
Promofilm, Inc.

12 Corazones was a Spanish-language dating show with 12 bachelors, generally four males and eight females only identified by their zodiac sign.

The contestants had to perform stunts, sing songs or perform some other comedy act. Along the way, players were eliminated.

The game ended when the two remaining people were united.

Show format[]

The show consisted of twelve contestants divided into two groups (usually four males and eight females, but sometimes vice versa). Each of the contestants was identified and referred to by his/her Zodiac sign. In between segments, Palacio offered love and relationship advice to the contestants.

Nature of the show[]

As the show was aimed at women, Menchaca was most exaggeratedly on the female contestants' side. She often mocked the men, baited them to make them look dumb, and praised the ladies when they ridiculed them. The true object of this, however, was to find the most suitable man and make him appear, for if any of the male contestants were mature, they would prove so by not resorting to petty insults. They would good-naturedly take all the ridicule and try to win a 'heart' with charm instead. Most episodes commonly featured a themed format, often involving the contestants (and often Menchaca, as well) in costume; themes used on 12 Corazones included beach-themed episodes in which contestants appeared in beachwear, and a beauty pageant-style themed episodes, among others.

First segment[]

After their introduction, the males would interact in a mock play, or be asked to perform a stunt, usually for their ridicule (sing a song, recite a goofy poem, etc.) Menchaca then begam a roundtable of discussion on a certain subject. After this was finished, the first group was taken out of the room and the second group would decide to eliminate one of their contestants.

Second segment[]

For the second segment, a chosen male or female from the main group was eliminated. Soon afterward, the male or female suitors were introduced (identified by their astrological sign, hometown and occupation; though this portion sometimes wasn't included), Menchaca then chose a contestant of each group to interact in a closer way, for example dancing, kissing, etc. To decide what kind of interaction would take place, Menchaca used some sort of game like a "roulette of kisses", or two special dice. This was followed by a second roundtable of discussion. Then, each of the male contestants eliminated a female contestant of the other group. This left only three contestants in the main group and five contestants on the group of suitors.

Final segment[]

For the final segment, Menchaca would pick a contestant of the second group who was supposed to pick his/her "heart" among the male or female contestants. The contestant chosen had the option to accept or reject. The rules of the show allowed the contestant of the second group to pick his/her "heart" among the contestants from the first group who had already chosen another person from the second group (an example occurred in an episode originally broadcast on January 20, 2011, in which the same male contestant was chosen by each of the five remaining female suitors; the male contestant chose each of the females, effectively rejecting the previously chosen females in the process, also as per the rules of the show).

Instances in which a person from the first group chose the person from the second over the person they had already chosen did occur from time to time, but less commonly in episodes in which the first group consisted of four females at the start of the show.


When the couples were chosen (usually 1 to 3) the audience would vote for their favorite. Menchaca then called the winner by the colored chair they were sitting in. The winners received a free date paid by the show.

Notable contestants[]

  • Dallas Malloy – female boxer and actress
  • Eva Marie – WWE Diva and model
  • Nikki Delano – American adult film actress
  • DJ Trevi – American DJ, Producer, and Actor


Based on the show of the same name from Argentina.


The title translates as 12 Hearts.

Related Show[]

12 Corazones: Rumbo al Altar


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