The cutest and the most talented young Latino singers in the country compete weekly in the reality singing show La Voz Kids on Telemundo. This past Sunday, the singers performed live for the first time. After weeks of blind auditions, the final 18 contestants brought their acts to the stage, each hoping America will fall in love with and vote for them.
“La Voz Kids” is modeled after NBC’s highly-rated singing competition, “The Voice.” Now, the Spanish kids’ version has become the top-rated show on Telemundo, NBC’s sister network. Taped in front of a live audience in Miami, “La Voz Kids” features Hispanic children between the ages of 7 and 14 from across the country. The winner gets a recording contract just like on NBC’s “The Voice,” plus a scholarship.
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After watching the show for the first time a few weeks ago, I got hooked. Maybe it was the little ones singing bachata that had me. Prince Royce, the Dominican-American singer-songwriter, was coaching the group. I was so impressed with the talent and the determination of these kids. At my house, three generations were glued to the TV watching which kid would be eliminated by the judges.
The show is so much more emotional than its American counterpart. After all, they’re just little kids! They cry when they get eliminated, and the coaches not only provide support with comforting words but they also hug the young contestants. It’s sad to see a child get eliminated, but the relationships between contestants and coaches is the sweetest thing.
In addition to Prince Royce, the judges include Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio, and Mexican-American singer Roberto Tapia. The show is hosted by the fabulous Daisy Fuentes.
“La Voz Kids” is a show where Latinos make up all of the stars—both at the judge’s table and as contestants. The participants sing everything from American R&B to salsa to Mexican ballads. And they sing in English and Spanish. Do check it out next Sunday—these kids are simply amazing!