Already a top five hit, the first album from the Telemundo network's reality/talent show features all 14 contestants singing covers of songs popularized by a wide array of artists.

Already a top five hit, the first album from the Telemundo network's reality/talent show features all 14 contestants singing covers of songs popularized by a wide array of artists. As may be expected, it's a spotty album. But considering that it was recorded while the show was still under way, the vocal quality, for the most part, is surprisingly good, and the production is solid. The two winners of the show, Barbara Higuera and Miguel Angel Guzmán, are placed in the latter half of the album, and both perform tropical tracks. Most outstanding is Higuera, whose rendition of "Corazón de Mujer" is strong and distinctive and thoroughly different from Melina León's original. The same can't be said for some of the other contestant's performances, including "Usted Se Me Llevó la Vida" (originally recorded by Alexandre Pires) and "Moscas en la Casa" (Shakira), which sound patently imitative. It would be unfair to rate Protagonistas at the same level as a regular studio album; many of the tracks sound amateurish, and they are. But still, there are some pleasant surprises here. And fans of the show can get another perspective of what they've been viewing.—LC