Mexico's popular version of "The Voice," "La Voz Mexico," is coming back for a second season on the Televisa network, but this year with a new slate of coaches expected to mentor contestants including Spanish crooner Miguel Bose, regional Mexican singer Jenni Rivera and pop star Paulina Rubio, according to a source close to the production.
Although Colombian rock singer Juanes has been mentioned in published reports as the fourth judge, an official said that the crooner is not on the list of coaches.
News of the latest judges of "La Voz Mexico" was recently reported through several online sources including Twitter. An official with ties to the show said that Rubio and Rivera are in final negotiations to star on the program with Bose already in place to coach and mentor the contestants.
The first season of "La Voz Mexico" began airing in September and featured actress/songstress Lucero, singer/songwriter Aleks Syntek, regional Mexican crooner Espinoza Paz and Spanish pop star Alejandro Sanz. Each coach worked with 12 singers in genres ranging from pop to rock and regional Mexican to jazz.
Executives from Televisa and Universal Music Group worked together to cast the program which was ultimately won by Oscar Cruz who was being mentored by Sanz. Talpa Media Group of the Netherlands licenses the show's format in about 15 countries.
Universal executives helped find the talent, selecting 48 contestants from an initial pool of 200,000 people. Cruz's win was announced in December and as the winner he receives a recording contract, according to an earlier interview with Universal Music Latin Entertainment president Victor Gonzalez.
"La Voz Mexico" features one-on-one battle rounds and live showcases. The mentors will also have "assistant coaches" joining them for portions of the show.
"Our coaches are a big deal to the Hispanic community," said Miguel Angel Fox, executive producer of "La Voz," said during an interview with Billboard last year, adding that he has also produced Mexican versions of "Fear Factor" and "Big Brother. "The market is saturated with these shows, but 'The Voice' broke the mold. It's also done great things for the celebrity coaches involved. The NBC show has revived interest in Christina Aguilera."