The last four shows of the final phase of La Voz Kids are always the most intense and this third season of the Spanish-language children’s edition on Telemundo has been no exception. After the semi-final of La Voz Kids last Sunday, it’s down to six finalists who will compete for the title of the season’s best voice. The winner will get a recording contract with Universal Music Group for the production of a song and a music video and a $50,000 cash prize from AT&T.
It’s no walk in the park for any of single one of them, and each has something unique to offer, not to mention the fact that they’re being coached by three of the biggest superstars in Latin music: Daddy Yankee, Natalia Jimenez and Pedro Fernandez. Each judge has saved and coached two contestants leading up to the finale.
Voting has already closed and the winner will be unveiled during the #LVK grand finale, airing Sunday, June 7 at 8 p.m./ 7c on Telemundo. But you can still vote in our poll below for fun.
The finale will feature performances by Marc Anthony with Gente de Zona, Lucero and Pedro Fernandez so you won’t want to miss it!
Puerto Rican-born Jonael Santiago, 11 years old from Miami, sang “El Tiburón” by Proyecto Uno and showed off his dance moves as his mother looked on proudly from the audience. Coach Natalia Jimenez was equally proud, saying, “I have no words. Jonael, you have given us a spectacular, memorable performance, and I don’t expect any less from you because you are a beast on the stage!”
It’s not easy to tackle a Sia song but this talented 14-year-old Cuban from Portland did an expert rendition of “Elastic Heart,” emitting both strength and vulnerability. Coach Daddy Yankee sang his praises after the performance, saying, “If we sum up what Franser has done throughout this competition, it’s been exceptional — kicking off with the pop/rock of my dear friend Natalia [Jimenez], then Marc Anthony, then Luis Miguel, followed by Jesse & Joy, and now Sia. Those are phenomenal global voices and this kid is in that category.”
Performing the standard “Preciosa” by Marc Anthony was this velvety-voiced 14-year-old from Humacao, Puerto Rico — considered the island’s unofficial second anthem. Coach Yankee called it his best performance of the whole competition. “I feel extra proud to be Puerto Rican today,” he said.
The 15-year-old Venezuelan from Miami also picked an English-language song, “Love Me Again” by John Newman, and delivered a powerful performance, reaching those higher notes effortlessly while his coach Natalia Jimenez rocked out. “He told me that he never imagined getting to this stage and that today he is a very happy boy. He is even happier now,” his proud father said after the performance.
Picking the classic ballad “Jamás te Dejaré” by Rocío Durcal, this 11-year-old Mexican American from Peñitas, Texas proved that some of the biggest voices come in small packages. Even though she seemed to forget a lyric toward the beginning of the performance, she quickly made up for it — something which made her coach extremely proud: “I knew many of your qualities, but tonight, I have learned a new one, which is to have the serenity when you’re onstage after you trip up to get back up and keep going,” said Pedro Fernandez. “My fellow coaches can attest — it’s not a fun moment, but you have shown to be that caliber of artist.”
This 14-year-old Mexican American from Clinton, Oklahoma, another protégé of Coach Pedro, sounded wise beyond her years singing Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie,” dressed in an adorable ‘50s throwback ensemble, complete with satin gloves. “I love the way she expresses herself onstage,” said her coach Pedro Fernandez, “Vocally, I have no doubt about it, she’s great, but it’s not just about singing well, it’s about transmitting a feeling and I love how Milenia does that.”