Univision's 'La Banda 2' Will Look For Latin Girl Group In 2016: Exclusive

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Simon Cowell during a Keynote at Mipcom 2014 on Oct. 13, 2014 at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France.  

Even before its new music reality show La Banda starts to air in the fall, Univision has announced it will produce La Banda 2, a show that will “scour the U.S. in search for the ultimate Latin girl super group.”

The announcement was made during Univision’s Upfronts presentation in New York May 12. The network is in the midst of producing La Banda as a music-based, multi-media competition show developed by Simon Cowell’s SYCO Entertainment, Haim Saban’s Saban Brands and co-produced with FremantleMedia Latin America. “La Banda” is looking for the next Latin boy group and has secured Ricky Martin (who is also listed as a producer of the first season), Spanish star Alejandro Sanz and Italian star Laura Pausini as judges. The show, which already held auditions, will begin airing in September. Response to those auditions, sources say, was “overwhelming,” with one contestant driving from Utah to Los Angeles, and another auditioning six months after bypass surgery.

La Banda 2 will follow along the same lines, hosting auditions in multiple cities, but will center around the search for a Latin girl group. It will air in 2016 in the same Sunday night time slot where La Banda will live.

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“I am absolutely delighted to be announcing season 2 of La Banda,” said Cowell in a statement.  “The enthusiasm for this format is already very exciting and most importantly we are seeing some incredibly promising talent.”

Univision’s announcement, coincidentally the day after American Idol announced it was closing down, underscores the growing importance of music-based programming for Latin broadcasters. Telemundo is expected to announce new music-based programming soon.

Univision’s Upfronts included a guest appearance by President Bill Clinton, who spoke about Hispanic influence in the U.S., and a performance by Martin.