More than 200 performers from Latin America were flown to Southern California recently to participate in the taping of "Q'Viva! The Chosen," the new television show produced by Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony, Jaime King and Simon Fuller ("American Idol").
The international reality talent show will begin airing on the Univision Network on Jan. 28. A version of the show will air on Fox, according to Anthony.
The show will feature talent in Latin music, artistry and dance from the U.S. and Latin America. Dutch reality TV show producer Endemol ("Big Brother"/"Fear Factor") signed on as a production partner with XIX Entertainment and will globally distribute "Q'Viva" across all platforms outside the U.S.
Artists who participated recently in the last round of auditions said that one of the most special things about the show was getting invited personally by either Anthony, Lopez or King who traveled extensively late last year to find the talent to appear on the show. Those trips are documented on the show.
"When Marc Anthony knocked at our door in Mexico, we were in total shock," said Saul Alvidrez, who with his twin brother, Isaac, got invited to fly to Los Angeles. "This is a huge deal for us."
Twins Saul Alvidrez (left) and Isaac Alvidrez from Mexico take a break during rehearsals at the Belasco Theatre in Los Angeles where "Q'Viva" is being taped. (Photo by Justino Aguila)
Singer Martina Lopez of Colombia says that traveling to be a part of "Q'Viva" is one of the biggest thrills of her career and hopes to continue building on her craft. (Photo: Justino Aguila)
Jesus Briones of Mexico says that even though he's had a long career as a singer and actor in Mexico, the opportunity to have been selected by Marc Anthony to appear on "Q'Viva" is a chance of a lifetime. (Photo by Justino Aguila)
Puerto Rican dance troupe Las Mulatas y Los Principes Del Sabor strike a pose during rehearsals of "Q'Viva," which features entertainers Jennifer Lopez, Marc Anthony and choreographer/director Jaime King. (Photo by Justino Aguila)