The inaugural season of Telemundo’s La Voz found its winning voice on Sunday night (April 22). Eighteen-year-old Jeidimar Rijos from Dorado, Puerto Rico emerged victorious alongside her coach, Puerto Rican superstar Luis Fonsi. “Bravo to Jeidimar,” Fonsi said with the trophy in his hands. “And to Puerto Rico, we’re taking this one home.”
It was a Puerto Rican win through and through, as Rijos performed “Preciosa,” the iconic Rafael Hernandez composition that is dedicated to the island and was most recently popularized by Marc Anthony.
The evening started with 16 finalists: four each from Fonsi and his fellow coaches, Mexican icon Alejandra Guzmán, Colombian singer-songwriter Carlos Vives and Puerto Rican rapper Wisin. By the end, the field was narrowed down to the final four contestants, who were the ones with the most votes from Teams Fonsi, Guzmán, Vives and Wisin. It was a girl power showdown with Guzmán’s Dunia Ojeda finishing in fourth place, Vives’ Mava Gonzales coming in third, and Wisin’s Mayré Martinez as the runner-up. Rijos, who tearfully won the competition, went home with a $100,000 cash prize, and a record contract with Universal Music Group.
In the two-and-a-half hours leading up to Rijos’ win, La Voz was a true celebration of Latin culture and music. Contestants hailed from different countries in Latin America and represented various styles of Latin music, and the show did its best to capture the versatility. As Wisin put it, the night was a “fiesta Latina.”
Here are some of the highlights from the season finale.
Colombia in the House
Vives took to La Voz stage with his Colombian compatriot Sebastián Yatra for a colorful performance of their vallenato-flavored single “Robarte Un Beso.” Both Billboard Latin Music Award nominees had Guzmán jumping up and down in excitement. Yatra later gave her a sweet peck on the cheek.
Guzmán Goes at it Alone
While her fellow coaches collaborated for their performances, when it was Guzmán’s time to hit the stage, she belted her 1991 single “Hacer El Amor Con Otro” solo. The crowd waved their arms in the air to the beloved rock ballad and sang along to Guzmán’s powerhouse performance.
Wisin Reunites With Yandel
For a live performance of Reik’s new single “Duele,” Wisin joined the Mexican group and his old partner-in-crime Yandel. Wisin & Yandel regrouped for last year’s Los Campeones del Pueblo: The Big Leagues album. Seeing the dúo dinámico back in action was as emotional as their collaboration with Reik.
Fonsi and Ozuna Make “Imposible” Possible
For the first time on TV, Fonsi performed his Vida album standout “Imposible” with fellow Puerto Rican singer Ozuna, bringing the train station from his music video to life on La Voz stage. Fonsi appeared to have a blast alongside Ozuna, who is a record-breaking 23-time finalist at the Billboard Latin Music Awards.
Aside from the special guests, the finalists also performed in duets with singers from other teams. The surprise pairings captured the wide range of Latin music, from the saucy salsa of Joe Arroyo’s “Rebelión” and Team Guzmán’s Ojeda and Team Fonsi’s Jerry Montañez, to winner Rijos’ soaring pop performance of Reik’s “Ya Me Enteré” with Team Wisin’s Frances Dueñas.